Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Parable of the Pipeline...

I would love to share with everyone this Gift given to me..(muito obrigado to whoever cared to send to me this parable..)
I have not edited it because it is perfect the way it is..
Dont get lazy to read it..There is some good teaching in it.. 

The Parable Of The Pipeline
by Burke Hedges

Once upon a time long, long ago, two ambitious young cousins named Pablo and Bruno lived side by side in a small Italian village. The young men were best buddies, and big dreamers. They would talk endlessly about how someday, someway, they would become the richest men in the village. They were both bright and hard working. All they needed was an opportunity. One day that opportunity arrived. The village decided to hire two men to carry water from a nearby river to a reservoir in the town square. The job went to Pablo and Bruno.

Each man grabbed two buckets and headed to the river. By the end of the day, they had filled the town cistern to the brim. The village elder paid them one penny for each bucket of water. "This is our dream come true!”Shouted Bruno. But Pablo wasn't so sure. His back ached and his hands were blistered from carrying the heavy buckets. He vowed to think of a better way to get the water from the river to the village.

"Bruno, I have a plan," Pablo said the next morning as they grabbed their buckets and headed for the river. "Instead of lugging buckets back and forth for pennies a day, let's build a pipeline from the village to the river." Bruno stopped dead in his tracks. A pipeline! Whoever heard of such a thing?" Bruno shouted. "We've got a great job, Pablo. I can carry 100 buckets a day. At a penny a bucket that's a dollar a day! I'm rich!. By the end of the week, I can buy a new pair of shoes. By the end of the month a cow. By the end of six months I can buy a new hut.”

But Pablo was not easily discouraged and he would work part of the day carrying buckets, and part of the day and weekends building his pipeline.
He knew it would be hard work digging a ditch in the rocky soil, his income would drop and it would take a year or two before his pipeline would pay off. Bruno bought a donkey which he kept parked outside his new two-story hut. He bought flashy clothes and fancy meals at the inn. The villagers called him Mr. Bruno, and they cheered when he bought rounds at the pub as they mocked Pablo.

While Bruno lay in his hammock on evenings and weekends, Pablo kept digging his pipeline and reminded himself that tomorrow's dreams are built on today’s sacrifices as he stumbled into his hut after another exhausting day's work. “Short-term pain equals long-term gain, In time my reward will exceed my efforts. Keep your eyes on the prize," he kept thinking as he drifted off to sleep with the sounds of laughter from the village pub in the background.

Days turned into months. One day Pablo realized his pipeline was almost finished, and had to walk half as far to fill his buckets! He watched his old friend lug buckets with shoulders more stooped than ever as he hunched in pain, his steps slowed by the daily toil. Bruno was angry, resenting the fact that he was doomed to carry buckets for the rest of his life. He began to spend less time in the pub and villagers giggled at his stooped posture and shuffling gait, He didn't buy rounds or tell jokes anymore but preferred to sit alone in a dark corner.

Finally Pablo's big day arrived, his pipeline was complete! The villagers crowded around as water gushed from the pipeline into the village reservoir! Now that the village had a steady supply of fresh water, Pablo didn't have to carry buckets anymore. The water flowed whether he worked or not. The more the water flowed into the village, the more money flowed into Pablo's pocket!

The pipeline drove "Bruno The Bucket Man" out of business, and it pained Pablo to see his old friend begging for food. So, Pablo arranged a meeting with his old friend. They shook hands and hugged like friends. Years passed. Sometimes on their trips through the countryside, Pablo and Bruno would pass villagers from other villages carrying buckets. They would pull over and tell them their story and offer to help them build a pipeline. But sadly, most bucket carriers would hastily dismiss the notion saying.

     "I don't have the time."

     "My friend told me he knew a friend who tried to build a pipeline and failed."

     "I've carried buckets my whole life, I'll stick to what I know."

     "I know people who lost money in a pipeline scam."

Both men resigned themselves to the fact they lived in a world with a bucket-carrying mentality............. and only a very small percentage of people would ever see the vision.

End Of Story

We Live In A Bucket-Carrying World

Who are you? A bucket-carrier............ or a pipeline builder? Do you get paid only when you show up for work or do you do the work once and get paid over and over again?

The problem with bucket carrying is that the money stops when the bucket-carrying stops. Which means the concept of a "secure job" or "dream job" is an illusion. The inherent danger of carrying buckets is that the income is temporary instead of ongoing.

If Bruno woke up one morning with a stiff back and couldn't get out of bed, how much money would he earn that day? NONE! No Work-No Money! The same goes for any bucket-carrying job. Once bucket-carriers stop carry buckets for any reason, they won't continue to get a paycheck.

Most people mistake bucket-carrying for pipeline building. We observe 99% of the people in the world are carrying buckets, so we assume bucket carrying is the way to get what we want in life. We grow up surrounded by bucket-carriers, so we figure that's the way-of-the-world. There are a lot more bucket-carriers in this world than pipeline builders.

Why? Because bucket-carrying is the model that our parents followed and the one that they taught us to follow. The bucket-carrying model tells you here's what you do to get ahead:

Go to school and learn how to carry buckets.
Work really hard.
Earn the right to carry bigger buckets. (get promoted)  Resign from "Bucket Company A" to work for "Bucket Company B" which lets you carry even bigger buckets.
Work longer hours so you can carry more buckets.
Put the kids through bucket-carrying college.
Try to get promoted from carrying metal buckets....... to carrying plastic buckets............ to carrying digital buckets.

Dream of the day you can retire from bucket carrying after 30-40 years. Until then, keep carrying those buckets....................... or, the bucket-carriers dream comes true. You hit the big lottery! (the odds are 1 in about 14-15 million against them, but hey most all bucket carriers think it could happen to them, so........... until then, keep carrying those buckets)

What do all those bucket-carriers earn for their efforts? Surprisingly little. According to Parade magazine's "What People Earn" survey, the average worker in America earns $28,500 a year. Subtract almost 20% for taxes, and that leaves $22,500 take-home pay. Let's face it, that's not enough for most people to live on.

What do bucket-carriers do when they need more money? Because they have a bucket-carrying mentality, they come up with a bucket-carrying solution............ if you need more money you've got to carry more buckets!

     "I'll get a second job carrying buckets in the evenings and on weekends," Daddy Bucket Carrier decides.

     "I can go back to the bucket-carrying job I had before the kids were born," Mommy Bucket Carrier says.

     "The kids can get bucket-carrying jobs after school and in the summer," they both say.

The Results? Today North Americans work the longest hours in the world. Yes, even more than the work-obsessed Japanese. Is the earn-more-money-by-carrying-more-buckets plan working? No. Here are the facts. Consumer debt is at a record high. The average household has 95 cents worth of debt for every dollar earned. The proportion of women working to support their families more than doubled over the past 20 years.
More people are taking second and third mortgages on their single biggest asset............ their homes............. to pay the bills.
Hello! What's wrong with this picture?
It's the fallacy of carrying bigger buckets. Bucket carriers tell themselves everything would be okay if they could just carry bigger buckets.

Bucket carriers are forever wondering how much money other bucket carriers earn.  True, the doctors’ bucket is a lot bigger than the cook's bucket. But that doesn't mean the doctor is financially independent. Why? The doctor spends just as much of his income percentage to support his expensive lifestyle.

All buckets dry up no matter how big they are. Pipelines, on the other hand, are self-sustaining. Carry as big a bucket as you can but build a pipeline on the side, because as long as you carry buckets, you have to show-up to get paid, and no matter how big the bucket is............. it will dry-up.

Many a person has gone from the "Millionaire Next Door" to the "Bankrupt Person Next Door". His name is Darryl Strawberry. Professional baseball player. The 38 year old outfielder broke into the majors as a teenager and was hailed as the next Ted Williams! Strawberry has made a fortune in his career............. $2-$5 million every year. That was just from his baseball contract! Add a couple million from endorsements, speeches, autographs and more and he's earned $50-$100 million before his 40th birthday!

A guy like that has to be set for life right? WRONG! According to a local newspaper report, "Strawberry has no income or savings to support his current wife and their three children." Strawberry bought expensive everything........... including drugs and alcohol. Strawberry didn't build a pipeline............. because he thought he had enough money to last forever no matter what. He can't play baseball anymore because of his drug problem. He won't be allowed to play ever again. He's Broke!

What sounds like the best plan to you? Remember, most of your friends and neighbors won't understand! They've been taught to carry buckets. It doesn't matter how much money you earn............ we all have the same amount of time in each day. 24 hours. It doesn't matter if you're a doctor, lawyer, or cook. It only takes time to build a pipeline. Yes you'll need tools................ but those will cost relatively very little. So everyone has an equal opportunity when it comes to building a pipeline!

Some people put off building their pipelines because "right now isn't a good time for me." Guess what? Right now is a bad time for anybody!
We're all stressed. We're all busy. We're all dealing with unexpected emergencies. There's a word for these bad times. It's called life!

Some people waste their lives waiting for the "perfect time" to do x, y, or z. Well, they'll die waiting because there's no such thing as a perfect time. If someone told you they'd give you $1 million dollars if you'd sit in a corner and knit for two hours every day, It wouldn't matter if your son broke his arm or the cat got sick. Rather than lose $1 million dollars, you'd find the time no matter what.

People often ask why they should take the time and effort to build pipelines when things aren't going so bad for them right now. They say they deserve to relax in the recliner and watch TV after a hard days work. Got a few bucks in the bank........ kids are doing good in school........... no need to "rock the boat". There's no better time to build your pipeline than when things are going good!

A man was on the 30th floor of a fancy hotel overlooking Central Park in Manhattan . He pulled back the shades........... and threw open the window to enjoy the view. As he leaned out the window, he was startled to see a man falling past his window.

     "How you doing?" he asked the falling man.

     "Fine so far," came the reply.

The point is, there are lots of bucket carriers in the world that think they are "doing just fine". But they can't stay in the free-fall forever. Sooner or later they'll meet the ground.


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