Not a Fairy Tale
Most of us remember the story of the goose that laid the golden eggs. The owner of the goose discovered a golden egg in the goose’s nest. Each morning there was another, so instead of patiently waiting for the goose to lay those eggs each day, he foolishly killed the goose, thinking he would find himself a mine of golden eggs. Of course, there were none. Most of us as small children thought the story was interesting and was apparently designed to teach us a lesson in patience. Today, as adults, we consider it foolishness personified to believe in a goose that lays golden eggs and that to kill him we’d get all of them at once, but here’s a story about a man who did exactly that:
Steve Brown tells the story on “Key Life,” his daily radio program. A young man from Korea told Steve about a movie theater manager in Korea whose theater was showing “The Sound Of Music” to a packed house for every showing. Because it was a popular movie and many people were coming to see it, he wanted to find a way for more people to see it so he could make more money. He decided to shorten the movie so he could show it more times, so he took out all of the music.
He took the heart out of the movie and I don’t think I need to tell you what happened to the crowds. The owner had completely missed the point and had taken out the part of the movie which everybody wanted to hear. When greed enters the picture, bad things happen, sometimes quickly, but virtually always in the long run. Those movie-goers wanted to see a good movie with great music. When they did not get the music they wanted, they stopped giving the theater manager what he wanted – the profit he would have made had he continued to deliver value. Always deliver value and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!