In today’s world,appearances seem to matter more to us than our core expertise and strengths.This reminds me of a story of a balloon-seller at a village fair which I want to share with you all.Well,this balloon-seller was selling helium-filled balloons in various colours-red,blue,white,green,yellow…
The string of a red balloon snapped by accident and, as the balloon soared into the sky,the crowd roared and kids tugged at their parent’s arms,urging them to get them balloons.Seeing that it was attracting attention,the balloon-seller released another balloon.This time a blue one,that quickly soared towards the clouds.Soon after,he released a green balloon.Then a yellow one.
Seeing all the balloons going up,a little boy went upto the balloon-seller and innocently asked: ‘If you release that white balloon,will it also soar as high as the rest?’ The balloon-seller explained: ‘Son,it is not the colour of the balloon that matters.It is what’s inside that makes it rise high!’
As it is true of balloons,it is true of people too.Appearances don’t matter.It is what is within that makes the difference.That is a lesson we would all do well to remember.When we look at other people.And when we look at ourselves.we must look deeper.we must look within.
We tend to judge people by their external manifestations,the way they speak,the way they dress.Sure,first impressions are important but its even more important to ensure that we don’t get carried away.
Some of the smarter,brightest colleagues I have worked with have been shy and quiet and apparently easy to miss.No big talk,no fanfare.Just good minds,the willingness to work hard and can-do attitude.The shirt is not always tucked in properly,the blue socks don’t quite go well with the beige trousers,the heavy accent often jars.But hidden beneath all of that is a REAL TREASURE-a teammate you could be proud of!
When I see young,ambitious people,I sometime worry that they are quick to copy the mannerism and styles and looks of their successful role models-but don’t spend as much time on developing the core: the real value that make for real success.They confuse the visible trappings of success with the real internal strengths that actually contribute to the success.
IT IS NOT THE COLOUR OF THE BALLOON THAT MATTERS.IT IS WHAT IS INSIDE IT THAT MAKES IT RISE AND SOAR IN THE SKY.
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