The CEO - A Must Read Story

 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 young executives. 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....

Do you know what the Relationship is between your two eyes? They blink together,  they move together, they cry together, they see things together,  and they sleep together,  but they never see each other; ....that's what friendship is.. Your aspiration is your motivation, your  motivation is your belief,  your belief is your peace,  your peace is your target, your target is heaven, and life is like hard core torture without it! Live a sincere Life! It pays! God bless!