Rabu, 28 September 2011

The Seed of Honesty

Once upon a time (no, it's not a fairy tale), there was a CEO from a successful, multinational, billion-dollar company who is nearing his retirement age and in a need of finding a replacement. So, in order to find someone worthy enough to continue his legacy, he called all of his employee - from the top-level executive to "just-ordinary" employee - and told them to gather in one place (mess hall, probably).

After all the future inheritors gathered, he gave each one of them a seed of a plant (yes, they don't know what plant it is).
"Take care of the seed, raise them properly to a full-grown plant, and one year from now we will gather back here to show me what you have grown. Anyone with the best plant will take my position as a CEO, therefore taking the chance to lead one of the most successful company in the world.", said the CEO.

And they all set out to grow the best plant. One of the ordinary employee, Rahmat, also did the same. Everyday he watered the seed, gave it nutrients and did everything he can to make the seed grow (which is fairly difficult since he didn't know what plant it is).
Unfortunately, it wouldn't. The seed didn't even change it's shape, never mind growing into a full-grown plant of whatever plant it is. Even after 6 months, when all the other top-level and better-educated executives talked proudly about how they seed grew beautifully (even though each plant was of different kind), Rahmat's seed didn't even make a hint of it - it's simply lying dormant in the vase he bought for it.

Ultimately, he felt that he had failed.