A King his adviser and two piglets

The King was watching a great magician perform his act. The crowd was enthralled and so was the King. At the end the audience roared with approval. And the King said: »What a gift this man has. A god-given talent.«

But a wise counsellor said to the king, »my Lord, genius is made, not born. This magician’s skill is the result of discipline and practice. These talents have been learned and honed over time with determination and discipline.« The King was troubled by this message. The counsellor’s challenge had spoiled his pleasure in the magician’s arts. »Limited and spiteful swine. How dare you criticise true genius. As I said, you either have it or you don’t. And you most certainly don’t.«

The king turned to his bodyguard and said, »throw this man into the deepest dungeon. And, » he added for the counsellor’s benefit, »so you won’t be lonely you can have two of your kind to keep you company. You shall have two piglets as cellmates.« From the very first day of his imprisonment, the wise counsellor practised running up the steps of his cell to the prison door carrying in each hand a piglet. As the days turned into weeks, and the weeks into months, the piglets steadily grew into sturdy wild boars. And with every day of practice the wise counsellor increased his power and strength.

One day the king remembered the wise counsellor and was curious to see how imprisonment had humbled him. He had the wise counsellor summoned. When the prisoner appeared, a man of powerful physique, carrying a wild boar on each arm, the king exclaimed, »What a gift this man has. A god-given talent.« The wise counsellor replied, »My lord, genius is made, not born. My skill is the result of discipline and practice. These talents have been learned and honed over time with determination and discipline.«

Source: The Magic of Metaphor: 77 Stories for Teachers, Trainers & Thinkers by: Nick Owen, 2001

Lessons from this story:

  • Not everyone will agree with you all the time. Some may even get angry with you if you have different beliefs and views.
  • Be willing to stand by your claims and support them with facts.
  • Practice makes perfect. Wanting to become something and not preparing for it will get you no where. Working hard on something for a long time will make you a master of your craft.
  • Patience is a virtue that everyone does not possess.
  • Prepare yourself for opportunities you wish to take advantage off.

Are there any lessons I missed? Please let me know in the comment section.

Source of the featured image: You have it or you don’t said the king

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