A penguin and a pigeon were once walking together, searching for food. They had traveled for miles and were so tired when the two of them saw some others penguins also searching for food. Then the two friends joined the penguins. As they all went together they reached a very cold ocean and the other penguins jumped into the ocean and swam through. Then the two friends were left behind.
“Sorry pigeon, I think I’ll join them,” the penguin said pointing to the others penguins in the ocean.
“But am hungry too, I also want to swim.” The pigeon muttered
“Well, you pigeons don’t swim, do you? All you do is fly, fly and fly; and you know it’s not a matter of what you want to do, it’s a matter of what you should do -or can do rather. So find a waaaaaay, off I goooooooo”
The penguin shouted happily and jumped into the ocean. The pigeon was jealous. How come he couldn’t swim? Out of envy and in a bid to show them that he also could swim, he jumped into the ocean and as expected, he drowned: food for fishes. When all the penguins had swum across the ocean, the friend of the pigeon turned back and looked up, searching the sky for his pigeon-friend.
“What are you searching up there for?” A penguin asked. “My friend. He couldn’t swim so I expected him to fly over the ocean. It would have been faster.” Later in the day, the penguin saw the carcass of his friend on the shore: he wept bitterly.
MORAL: What killed the pigeon? Ignorance, envy, jealously, name it! Now let’s relate this story to ourselves. We shouldn’t do something because other people are doing it. Don’t start a business or a project because those in it are succeeding. NO! Look into yourself. There are unique potentials in you: utilize! The fact that other people are doing great in a particular profession does not mean you are going to make it there.
The pigeon could have flown across the river and that was what his friend expected him to do, but he didn’t. Let us learn from this story. You are unique and special. Don’t follow the multitude blindly, be wise. Remember: there are many paths that leads to success, and the crowded path isn’t always the right path. Check yourself, bring out the unique potentials and utilize.