Once upon a time, a man saw a small opening in a
cocoon, from where a moth was trying to emerge. For
several hours, the moth was struggling to come out. After
some more time, half of the body of the moth came out,
while the other half remained inside the cocoon. Some more
time passed and yet, the moth failed to come out. The body
of the moth was swollen and it failed to budge even a little.
The man took pity on the moth and decided to help. Taking
a pair of scissors, the man carefully made the opening
of the cocoon slightly bigger. Very easily, the moth came out,
but with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
In his kindness, the man did not realize that by helping
the moth, he had actually hurt him. The struggle of coming
out of the cocoon, forces the fluid from the body of the
moth to its wings, thereby making his body lean and his
wings strong to fly. Since the moth was deprived of this
struggle, the moth crawled with a swollen body and was not
able to fly.
Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani