The motivational stories are needed to charge you up for the day. You must read a story or two to keep your motivation going in life. It helps you to maintain the flow of work and your social & professional life well intact.


Here I am narrating a motivational story which I encounter in the session of a motivational speaker in Lucknow. He is also a keynote speaker and a leadership consultant in the same city.  


A psychology professor once came in the class with lots of stuff and put all those peripherals on the table. As the class began, he took the empty jar and placed it in the middle of the table without uttering a single word. We all were watching very closely although we didn’t want to be seen stupid in front of two hundred people sitting in the seminar. The professor proceeded by filling up the jar with rocks (appears to me about 6 centimetres in the diameter) and asked the attendees, “Is this jar full?” I am in no hurry to give any answers and waited everyone to respond. They all said, “Yes it is.” I too said in the same chores and agreed that the jar was full. The professor then poured pebbles into the jar and shook it. The pebbles occupied the spaces in between rocks and asked again, “Is this jar full?” the pebbles that rolled down the spaces between the rocks make it appear full. So all said again yeah it was full as compared to the rocks only.

The professor smiled and took sand to pour it down into the jar.  Obviously, the sand took the remaining spaces of pebbles & rocks and filled it entirely. There was no space can be seen in between. He, once more, asked the same question “Is this jar full?” Now even I am confident to say it is full. We all said unanimous, “Yes, it is full”.


Explanation of the experiment:  

The professor explained everything. He let us imagined the life as a jar. The rocks in the experiment were the most important things in life such as your family, your wife, your children and your health. The things, that would remain with you even if you lose everything in life, are considered as important things. The pebbles were the other important things in your life such as your job, your car, your house etc. In a similar way, the sand is everything else – the small stuff in life. It was now easy to understand that if we put the sand or small stuff in our life first, there was no time for sure for the things which matter the most. The sand would occupy all the space leaving no space for the pebbles and stones.


You need to pay attention towards your family and children more than your job or anything that matters less in your life.

Think about the rocks, they really matter everything else in life is just sand. You can always have time for your job, just set priorities.

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