The Big Fish

Ah-ha Moment

As an experienced fisherman, Bob decided to help Jeff develop his skills as a fisherman. One morning the two set out for a local pond known to have an abundance of hungry fish. Bob was delighted to catch a fish almost as soon as his hook dropped below water level. Within a few minutes he dropped a two big fish in his ice chest.

Jeff was ecstatic to be fishing with Bob because he knew he could learn a lot from him. He dreamt he would have a record catch. He paid close attention to the lures Bob used, how Bob held his rod for a cast, and even tried to match the distance between the hook and sinker. Soon, Jeff caught his first fish, proudly holding it up to Bob’s admiring glance.

Then, suddenly, Jeff threw his catch back in the water.

“Why did you throw it back?” pleaded Bob.

What was Jeff’s reason? Scroll down for the answer.

Jeff replied, "My frying pan is too small for it."

This story illustrates a truth confronting many of us. We venture into unknown territory with a project or business opportunity expecting great results only to miss out on the opportunity by allowing ourselves to become intimidated by others we perceive to be successful -- or by throwing back true opportunity because we do not think we are equipped to handle it.

Life Lessons:

Morale #1: We can lose a great opportunity if we do not consider new solutions

Morale #2: Quick reactions rob us of success.

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