The majority of us grew up heeding the lessons of Aesop’s fables. These moralistic tales from the mid-6th century have formed the moral compass for generations. Yet, as we age, the majority of us leave them behind, thinking they’re no longer relevant. After all, aren’t these just tales taught to help you get a grip on right and wrong?
Not at all. In fact, Aesop’s morals can carry you even further. They can certainly teach you a thing or two when it comes to your company. For proof, we’re going to look at three favorites which could improve your chances of success no end.
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Hare and the Tortoise is one of those fables we all know. Even if you missed out when you were a child, it’s referenced in all walks of life. Remember; slow and steady wins the race. When it comes to business, many of us rush ahead and aim for more profits from the off. But, there are a few reasons why this is a bad idea. You need to give yourself the chance to grow with your business. If you get too much success too fast, you may struggle to meet demand. And, if that happens, it’ll be incredibly difficult to get back to this stage later down the line. It’s also worth considering industry giants, such as Amazon. They played the long game for years, knowing they’d reach immense success that way.
The Crow and the Pitcher
This little gem shows us a crow working out water displacement theory. He sees water in a pitcher but, when he tries to get to it, his beak won’t fit. Does the crow give up then? Of course, not. He goes away, then comes back with stones and gets the water that way. The moral being, of course, that there’s always a way. This is one of the most crucial things to remember in business. Never give up just because something isn’t easy. If you’re struggling to find a way to a solution, work around it. Can’t figure how to ship your product? Think hard about options such as an interstate transport company, or a remote worker who can do the job for you. Stuck with a manufacturing issue? Brainstorm until you find a way around it. Whatever you do, DON’T GIVE UP.
The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox
Within this fable, a lion, ass, and fox all go out hunting together. When it comes time to divide their spoils, the lion entrusts the job to the ass. The ass splits things evenly but the lion, not happy with that, kills him and lets the fox take over. The fox gives the lion a larger share and, then the lion asks who taught him to divide so well, the fox replies, ‘the ass’. The moral? Learn from the failure of others. In business, that means keeping an eye on any mistakes your competitors make, and ensuring you don’t do the same!