PARABLE OF THE PIPELINE
200 Years ago, Bruno & Pablo lived in a small village.
The village elders appointed them to carry water from the distant river to the town centre where they had built a tank.
They were promised $1 per Bucket they carried and Sunday Off every week
Is This a Good Idea?
Pablo & Bruno were thrilled – they were young and strong and very ambitious and could carry lots of Buckets.
They set out on the first day and earned good money.
However, Pablo was not very keen on getting up next day and do another 50 trips back and forth carrying heavy buckets
A Better Idea?
Pablo thought, “Surely there must be a better way!”
He dreamt up a plan to lay a pipeline from the river to the Tank in the village centre.
He suggested this to Bruno, who started laughing at Pablo. He said this has never been done before. He was happy with his “job” and was earning good income.
Good Life or Great Life?
Bruno said that he had a secure job and he did not have time to spare for the pipeline. Besides he was leading a “good” life.
Also Pablo had told Bruno that he would have to buy some tools and Bruno was reluctant to spend his money on such tools.
Pablo was not discouraged.
n Pablo started on his own. He saved some money from his Bucket Carrying job and bought tools.
n After carrying enough Buckets in a day, he went back to the River and started Digging.
n It was tough work initially as he was not used to this type of work
*Every day, after work and many more hours on Sunday, Pablo would often be found Digging the Hard Ground and Laying his Pipes.
*At the same time, Bruno would finish his Job and go meet up with his friends and spend time at the local inn.
*Bruno bought the most expensive Hut in the Village and also bought a Donkey fitted with Finest Leather Saddle.
*However, to keep with these new expenses, he was forced to carry more buckets.
Tiring Work – Carrying Buckets
n Soon Bruno found that he was tiring earlier and his shoulders aching from carrying more and more Buckets every day.
n His life started revolving only around how many buckets he can carry every day and how many drinks he needed at the inn to make him forget his pains
n Pablo, in the meantime was making slow, yet steady progress with his pipe line
§ Soon Pablo’s pipeline was half ready. This meant that Pablo had to travel only half the distance to fill his buckets daily.
§ This gave him more time and energy to build the rest of the Pipe Line.
§ Finally, the BIG DAY arrived. The Pipe Line was completed.
• The Villagers had already seen some progress and many of them had turned from ridiculers to encouragers of Pablo.
• They gathered all around the Central Tank in the Village on the appointed day.
• Pablo turned the Tap and water started gushing in – from the River, straight into the Tank.
n From then on, whenever the Villagers wanted water, all they had to do was turn the Tap.
n Pablo still got paid $1 per Bucket, but now, he no longer had to carry them. He recovered his investment in the pipeline within 21 days and then started making huge profits.
• But along with Money came Time Freedom. Since he no longer had to visit the River, his days became free for him to choose whatever activity he wanted.
• Bruno, unfortunately lost his job as the job had become redundant.
• He was sulking and very unhappy with Pablo. At the same time he realised it was his own fault for not anticipating this situation and preparing for it.
l Why cant you see the big picture in time and set up Pipelines of MONEY and TIME for YOURSELF , your FAMILY & your ORGANISATION ?
l Why cant you think for future ?
l That’s what a manager is expected to do !!
Isn’t it ?
l Its never late to take the first step. Do it now if you have not been doing it !!