“Inspirational Story of the Seed”

A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of
his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one
of you. “The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. I am
going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED. I want
you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge
the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.” One
man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a
seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him
get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would
water it and watch to see if it had grown.

After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about
their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking
his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went
by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot.

He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants
but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however. He
just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought
their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going
to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.
Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to
the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants
grown by the other executives. They were beautiful–in all shapes and sizes.
Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a
few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants,
trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you
will be appointed the next CEO!” All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at
the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director
to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows
I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!” When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed — Jim told him the story…. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then
announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive!
His name is Jim!” Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed.
How could he be the new CEO the others said?

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a
seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you boiled seeds; they were dead — it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!”

…If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

…Whoever can be trusted with little things can also be trusted with much or big things.


“If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does, he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees.” -Noam Chomsky

“Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.” -Zig Ziglar

“Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.” -Mark Twain

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.” -Plutarch

“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.” -Lao Tzu

“The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry.” -Billy Graham

“To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.” -John Ruskin

“I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.” -George Bernard Shaw

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