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A  successful business man was growing old and knew  it was time to choose a successor to take over the  business.

Instead  of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided  to do something different. He called all the young  executives in his company together.

He  said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next  CEO. I have decided to choose one of you. “The young  executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going  to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special  SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back  here one year from today with   what you have grown from the seed I have given you.
I  will then judge the plants that you bring, and the  one
I  choose will be
  the next CEO.”

One  man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others,  received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife  the   story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he  planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and  watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some  of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and  the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim  kept checking his seed, but nothing ever  grew

Three  weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still
nothing.

By  now, others were talking about their plants,
but  Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a  failure.

Six  months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew  he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall  plants, but he had nothing
Jim  didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept  watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to  grow.

A  year finally went by and all the young executives of the  company
brought  their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim  told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty  pot.
But  she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt  sick to his
stomach,  it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life,  but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the  board room.

When  Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by  the other executives. They were beautiful – in all shapes  and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of  his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for  him!

When  the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his  youngexecutives.

Jim  just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants,  trees and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one  of you will be appointed the next CEO!”

All  of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room  with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to  bring him to the front. Jim was terrified.. He thought, “The  CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me  fired!”

When  Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to  his seed,
Jim  told him the story.

The  CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim,  and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your  next Chief Executive Officer!

His  name is “Jim!” Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even  grow his seed.

“How  could he be the new CEO?” the others said.

Then  the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this  room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water  it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled  seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to  grow.

All  of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and  flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you  substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the  only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with  my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the  new
Chief  Executive Officer!”

*  If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
*  If you plant goodness, you will reap friends

*  If you plant humility, you will reap  greatness
*  If you plant perseverance, you will reap  contentment
*  If you plant consideration, you will reap  perspective
*  If you plant hard work, you will reap  success
*  If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

So,  be careful what you plant now;
it  will determine what you will reap later.  
Think  about this for a minute.

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