an expert in time management was speaking
group of business students and, to drive home a point,
an illustration those students will never forget.
stood in front of the group of high-powered
he said, "Okay, time for a quiz."
he pulled out a one-gallon, wide mouth Mason jar
it on the table in front of him.
he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks
placed them, one at a time, into the jar.
the jar was filled to the top
more rocks would fit inside, he asked,
this jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes."
he said, "Really?"
under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel.
he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces
to work themselves down into the
between the big rocks.
he asked the group once more,
the jar full?" By this time the class was on to him.
not," one of them answered.
under the table and brought out a bucket of sand.
dumping the sand in the jar and it went
all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel.
more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"
the class shouted. Once again he said,
he grabbed a pitcher of water
began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.
he looked at the class and asked,
is the point of this illustration?"
eager beaver raised his hand and said,
point is, no matter how full your schedule is,
try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!"
not the point.
this illustration teaches us is:
don't put the big rocks in first,
never get them in at all.
are the "big rocks" in your life?
with your loved ones?
or mentoring others?
to put these BIG ROCKS
or you'll never get them in at all.
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