Jon R. Smith (jrsmith@GTE.NET)
Fri, 12 Jun 1998 23:56:08 -0400
A possible Scoutmaster's Minute...?
> A while back I was reading about an expert on subject of time management.
> One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to
> drive home a point, used an illustration I'm sure those students will never
> forget. After I share it with you, you'll never forget it either.
> As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers, he
> said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon,
> wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he
> produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one
> at a time, into the jar.
> When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he
> asked, "Is this jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes." Then he said,
> "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then
> he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work
> themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.
> Then he smiled and asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this
> time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one of them answered.
> "Good!" he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a
> bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in, and it went into all the
> spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the
> question, "Is this jar full?"
> "No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good!" Then he grabbed a
> pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.
> Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this
> One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how
> full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more
> things into it!"
> "No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth this
> illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first,
> you'll never get them in at all."
> The title of this letter is The "Big Rocks" of Life. What are the big rocks in
> your life? A project that YOU want to accomplish? Time with your loved
> ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or
> mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll
> never get them in at all.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City