The Parable Of The Pipeline
Once upon a time long, long ago, two ambitious young cousins
named Pablo and Bruno lived side by side in a small Italian village.
The young men were best buddies, and big dreamers.
They would talk endlessly about how someday, someway, they would
become the richest men in the village. They were both bright and hard
working. All they needed was an opportunity.
One day that opportunity arrived. The village decided to hire two
men to carry water from a nearby river to a cistern in the town square.
The job went to Pablo and Bruno.
Each man grabbed two buckets and headed to the river. By the end
of the day, they had filled the town cistern to the brim. The ...view middle of the document...
Pablo would work part of the day
carrying buckets, and part of the day and weekends building his
He knew it would be hard work digging a ditch in the rocky soil.
Because he was paid by the bucket he knew his income would drop. He
also knew it might take a year or two before his pipeline would pay
off. But Pablo believed in his dream and he went to work.
Bruno and the rest of the villagers began mocking Pablo, calling
him "Pablo The Pipeline Man." Bruno, who was earning almost twice the
money as Pablo, flaunted his new purchases. He bought a donkey
outfitted with a new leather saddle, which he kept parked outside his
new two-story hut. He bought flashy clothes and fancy meals at the inn.
The villagers called him Mr. Bruno, and they cheered when he bought
rounds at the tavern and laughed loudly at his jokes.
Small Actions Equal Big Results:
While Bruno lay in his hammock on evenings and weekends, Pablo
kept digging his pipeline. The first few months Pablo didn't have much
to show for his efforts. The work was hard, even harder than Bruno's
because Pablo was working evenings and weekends too.
But Pablo kept reminding himself that tommorrow's dreams are built
on todays sacrifices. Day by day he dug, inch by inch.
Inches turned into one foot............. then ten feet............
then 20............. then 100.
"Short-term pain equals long-term gain," he reminded himself as he
stumbled into his hut after another exuasting day's work. "In time my
reward will exceed my efforts," he thought.
"Keep your eyes on the prize," he kept thinking as he drifted off
to sleep with the sounds of laughter from the village tavern in the
The Tables Are Turned:
Days turned into months.One day Pablo realized his pipeline was
half-way finished, which meant he only had to walk half as far to fill
his buckets! Pablo used the extra time to work on his pipeline.
Durring his rest breaks, Pablo watched his old friend Bruno lug
buckets. Bruno's shoulders were more stooped than ever. He was hunched
in pain, his steps slowed by the daily grind. Bruno was angry and
sullen, resenting the fact that he was doomed to carry buckets, day in,
day out, for the rest of his life.
He began to spend less time in his hammock and more time in the
tavern. When the tavern's patrons saw Bruno coming they'd whisper,
"Here comes Bruno the Bucket Man, " and they's giggle when the town
drunk mimicked Bruno's stooped posture and shuffling gait. Bruno didn't
buy rounds or tell jokes anymore, preferring to sit alone in a dark
corner surronded by empty bottles.
Finally Pablo's big day arrived, his pipeline was complete! The
villagers crowded around as the water gushed from the pipeline into the
village cistern! Now that the village had a steady supply of fresh
water, people from around the countryside moved into the village and
the village prospered.
Once the pipeline was complete, Pablo didn't have to carry buckets
anymore. The water...