A general was in his house, appreciating his collection of antiques, when suddenly he almost dropped a precious vase. -Oh! What a fright! – he exclaimed, and then he thought: ‘I have led thousands of soldiers, I have faced life or death situations and I never got scared. Why is it that today, because of a vase, I have frightened in that way? Suddenly he understood that the desire for the ephemeral that his mind housed was the cause of his fear. Then, without further ado, he threw the valuable vessel and broke it.
Once upon a time there was an old farmer who had an old horse to cultivate his fields. One day, the horse escaped to the mountains. When the farmer’s neighbours came to sympathise with him and lament his misfortune, the farmer replied: “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows!”. A week later, the horse returned from the mountains bringing with it a herd of wild horses. Then, the neighbours congratulated the farmer for his good luck. He replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows!”. When the farmer’s son tried to tame one of those wild horses, he fell and broke his leg. Everyone considered that a disgrace. Not so the farmer, who simply said: “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows!”. A few weeks later, the army entered the town and every youngster who was in good condition was recruited. When they saw the farmer’s son with a broken leg, they left him alone. Had it been good luck? Bad luck? Who knows!
Trust yourself – not the one you think you are, but the one you really are
All those who are unhappy are so because they seek their own happiness. All those who are happy, they are so because they seek others’ happiness.
The false leader promised wealth and justice to his compatriots. He focused on how he was going to distribute the cake. In the end, greed and inefficiency dwarfed the pie and society rebelled against the false leader. The true leader was concerned about his compatriots’ happiness, but not about the distribution of the cake. He inspired them to work at ease, enlarging the cake. They enjoyed the path and when the cake was bigger, the apportionment was easier and fairer. So much they got used to creating cakes that the true leader disappeared, he was happy to have made others happy and to see himself unnecessary.
Who much treasures, a lot loses.
What is civilization? Moving in a Rolls Royce is not civilization. Living in a skyscraper is not civilization. Having abundant wealth is not civilization. Having titles and honours is not civilization. To have sympathy is civilization. To have a spirit of sacrifice is civilization. We must return to Nature and natural life. We have to recover the simple life and high thinking of our ancestors. Wear simple clothes. Walk every day. Eat simple food. Reduce your needs. Be honest in economic matters. Develop noble qualities. Speak the truth. Learn to have a divine life while you remain on Earth. That way, the biggest problems will be solved. You will have recovered the lost paradise. The miseries will end. You will be successful as soon as you start.
THE COMPANY Social innovation in the company – The mere accumulation of material goods does not lead to happiness neither of the individual nor of society. – Societies with economic well-being fell precipitously (like the Roman Empire). – The company of the twentieth century is unfinished. Ethical components are missing. – The sustainable society is the one that knows how to find the harmonious balance between justice and efficiency. The meaning at work 1. A judo teacher who ran a sport activities company launched summer camps as part of their offer, where hundreds of children practiced leisure activities, sports and cultivated friendship and comradership. The teacher developed a methodology of activities, security and public relations, which earned him a remarkable success. In terms of extrinsic motivation, he achieved an adequate profitability as an intrinsic motivation, he was creative and he self-realised. Regarding transcendent motivation, he watched over the safety of the children, helped them to be better companions and people, making them and their parents happy. 2. The director of a commercial petroleum products company observed that the logistics system used for the supply of convenience stores could lead to an additional business. There were a series of products that in 24 hours could go directly from the orchard, cooperatives, etc. to the service station, without intermediaries and in family format, straight to the vehicle trunk. In addition, the designation of origin was an easily accessible requirement. The investments were nil (only to improve the distribution of the space, since the computerised administration already existed). The result was very positive in the economic (basic motivation); the members of the team had creative fun (intrinsic and psychological motivation); and better prices were paid to farmers by eliminating intermediaries; the satisfaction of the clients was raised by the quality of the offer (transcendent motivation). It was surprising to see oranges, apples, melons or olive oil sharing the offer with petroleum products. 3. Used tires were a problem as waste. A manufacturer of asphalts devised a system by which, by grinding the tire, the resulting powder could be incorporated into the bitumen and achieve a product of higher quality and adhesion. The product was marketed successfully, since its cost was competitive. The technicians involved managed to earn money for the company (extrinsic motivation); they used their innovative creativity (intrinsic motivation) and they saved human lives (an affirmation that could even be quantified) due to the better adherence of the asphalt, reason why they culminated their transcendent motivation.
LEADERSHIP AND POWER. For centuries, it was thought that leadership and power depended on weapons. Whoever had the best armies gained power through domination. Today, power does not reside in weapon. For a long time it was said that money gave power. Today, power does not grant money. For years power has been linked to information. The availability of information through the Internet and other technological means has made it available to a majority. Today power is not based on information. The power resides in integrity and sense when the values of the leader are identified with the genuine values of the people.
The things that will destroy us are politics without principles, pleasure without conscience, wealth without work, knowledge without character, business without morals, adoration without sacrifice.
Limit yourself to freeing yourself from what is false and you will automatically achieve what is true.