Once upon a time, a father and son were sitting on a
donkey and going to the market, to buy some goods.
People noticed them and suggested that the donkey
should carry only one person. So, the father got down. Then
they proceeded with the son sitting on the donkey.
As they were going, some people remarked that it was
rude for the son to ride the donkey, while the father trudged
along. So, the son got down and the father rode the donkey.
Thereafter they again proceeded.
After a little distance, some people remarked that the
donkey seemed to be exhausted and nobody should sit on
the donkey. So, the father got down. Now, both father and
son walked beside the donkey and proceeded.
Some people further suggested that as the donkey was
tired, hence the father and son should carry the donkey. So,
the father and son tied the legs of the donkey on a stick,
placed the stick on their shoulders and carried the donkey.
As they were going like this, people saw this strange sight
and joked that only donkeys carry a donkey. So, the father
and son untied the donkey and made the donkey walk
After a while, some people questioned that why should
human beings walk, when they could ride a donkey? So, the
father and son sat on the donkey, as they had done in the
beginning, and proceeded to the market.
Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani