The Entrepreneur Forum | Startups | Entrepreneurship | Starting a Business | Motivation | Success

The Jade and the Gold: A Parable

Remove ads while supporting the Unscripted philosophy...become an INSIDER.

The-J

Legendary Contributor
EPIC CONTRIBUTOR
FASTLANE INSIDER
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Summit Attendee
Speedway Pass
Aug 28, 2011
3,647
8,697
1,966
Ontario
Two poor men from a small Chinese village went to Canada to work as gold miners.

They mined from sun up to sundown and made very little money. They sent this money to their families back in the village.

They knew that mining gold was making the owner of the mine rich, but they did not mind. They worked hard, every day, and were grateful to have jobs.

One day, one of the men named Li was mining as usual until he saw a green glow.

He focused his attention on the glow, then started mining. Sure enough, it was what he thought it was.

He has found jade, the most precious of minerals in Chinese culture.

He called his friend, Shang, over to see what he had found. Shang was joyous and yelled ‘We’re gonna be rich!’ in Chinese.

The supervisor, a white man named Smith, came over to see what the fuss was about.

“What are you men doing?” yelled Smith. “You should be mining gold, not hootin’ and hollerin’!”

“Sorry Mr. Smith,” said Li, “but we were just happy to be working our jobs.”

“Okay,” said an incredulous Mr. Smith, “carry on then.”

“What do we do, Li?” asked Shang, switching back to Chinese. “He was right here, he saw the green glow of the jade. How could he not notice? The owners could be rich if they knew what we found!”

“I think we should tell him” said Li. “The owners would want to know.”

“But he does not care. It could be ours! Let’s just take it” said Shang.

“No. What’s right is right. We will tell him.” replied Li.

Resigned, Shang agreed. Li went over to Smith to let him know what they found.

“Mr. Smith, sir,” said Li, “we feel we must show you what we have found.”

Smith, somewhat excited because maybe they found a big gold vein, yelled “Well don’t just stand there, show me!”

Li takes Smith to the mine where the jade glows an effervescent green.

“What? I don’t want jade. You’re supposed to be mining for gold! Mine for gold!” yelled Smith.

“But sir,” said Shang, “this will make the owners very wealthy.”

“Listen here, boy,” said Smith. “Canadians don’t want jade. Americans don’t want jade. The Brits, the French, the Spanish don’t want jade. If they don’t want jade, then we won’t sell it. Don’t you know anything about economics? Get back to work!”

Shang yelled out “If some falls, can we keep it?”

With a sigh, Smith resigned. “Fine. If it falls, you can have it. But I don’t want you two wasting any time on jade, and if I catch you mining it, you’re both fired and back on the boat to China.”

The two bowed prostrate and said “Thank you, Mr. Smith! We will work hard!”

After Smith walked away, Li and Shang had big smiles on their faces.

“We’re gonna be rich!” they quietly whispered in unison.

While mining for gold, they often found jade. They took home whatever jade they got and saved it up. Day in and day out, they mined from sun up to sundown and became the hardest workers in the mine.

Smith knew that Li and Shang were working hard because they wanted jade, but was never able to understand why.

Eventually, they had enough to start a jade store. Both men quit their gold mining jobs, went back to China, and became the richest men in the province.
 

Don't like ads? Remove them while supporting the forum. Subscribe.

fastlane2

New Contributor
Aug 27, 2017
6
7
13
26
sacramento
Two poor men from a small Chinese village went to Canada to work as gold miners.

They mined from sun up to sundown and made very little money. They sent this money to their families back in the village.

They knew that mining gold was making the owner of the mine rich, but they did not mind. They worked hard, every day, and were grateful to have jobs.

One day, one of the men named Li was mining as usual until he saw a green glow.

He focused his attention on the glow, then started mining. Sure enough, it was what he thought it was.

He has found jade, the most precious of minerals in Chinese culture.

He called his friend, Shang, over to see what he had found. Shang was joyous and yelled ‘We’re gonna be rich!’ in Chinese.

The supervisor, a white man named Smith, came over to see what the fuss was about.

“What are you men doing?” yelled Smith. “You should be mining gold, not hootin’ and hollerin’!”

“Sorry Mr. Smith,” said Li, “but we were just happy to be working our jobs.”

“Okay,” said an incredulous Mr. Smith, “carry on then.”

“What do we do, Li?” asked Shang, switching back to Chinese. “He was right here, he saw the green glow of the jade. How could he not notice? The owners could be rich if they knew what we found!”

“I think we should tell him” said Li. “The owners would want to know.”

“But he does not care. It could be ours! Let’s just take it” said Shang.

“No. What’s right is right. We will tell him.” replied Li.

Resigned, Shang agreed. Li went over to Smith to let him know what they found.

“Mr. Smith, sir,” said Li, “we feel we must show you what we have found.”

Smith, somewhat excited because maybe they found a big gold vein, yelled “Well don’t just stand there, show me!”

Li takes Smith to the mine where the jade glows an effervescent green.

“What? I don’t want jade. You’re supposed to be mining for gold! Mine for gold!” yelled Smith.

“But sir,” said Shang, “this will make the owners very wealthy.”

“Listen here, boy,” said Smith. “Canadians don’t want jade. Americans don’t want jade. The Brits, the French, the Spanish don’t want jade. If they don’t want jade, then we won’t sell it. Don’t you know anything about economics? Get back to work!”

Shang yelled out “If some falls, can we keep it?”

With a sigh, Smith resigned. “Fine. If it falls, you can have it. But I don’t want you two wasting any time on jade, and if I catch you mining it, you’re both fired and back on the boat to China.”

The two bowed prostrate and said “Thank you, Mr. Smith! We will work hard!”

After Smith walked away, Li and Shang had big smiles on their faces.

“We’re gonna be rich!” they quietly whispered in unison.

While mining for gold, they often found jade. They took home whatever jade they got and saved it up. Day in and day out, they mined from sun up to sundown and became the hardest workers in the mine.

Smith knew that Li and Shang were working hard because they wanted jade, but was never able to understand why.

Eventually, they had enough to start a jade store. Both men quit their gold mining jobs, went back to China, and became the richest men in the province.
totally how many people completely settle for the lesser things in life because its what is familiar and conventional, i mean like there are so many opportunitys we miss out on because we dont continue learning and keeping up with the times, just think of how our grandparents make money vs how we earn it 2 totally different trains of thought
 

PersistentlyHungry

Bronze Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Mar 25, 2017
73
108
137
Israel
Moral of the story: Trust your gut, and let your actions speak for you.
Sometimes words fail to sell your vision to another human - prove it by making your vision a reality.

I loved it. Looking forward to reading more parables like this one @The-J.
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Sponsored Offers

  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE Fox's Web Design Guide: Earn $100K this year (Yes, 2020!) and Go Fastlane
It's definitely possible, although it may not be feasible right away. I'm from the U.S. but have...
  • Sticky
FEATURED! Introducing... WEALTH EXPO$ED, A Short Story By MJ DeMarco
Amazing book! Actually I bought it, before I joined the forum and it motivated me to join...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE How To Create A 100K-1M+ Sales Funnel
@LynX You know, this is a "Marketplace" Thread. Completely appropriate to offer goods and...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE You Are One Call Away From Living Your Dream Life - LightHouse’s Accountability Program ⚡
Dropping a quick note in here to say... if you are on TFL, you are part of an elite group of...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE KAK’s “Kill Bigger” Incubation Program- With DAILY personal attention.
I joined @Kak's business incubator in the first week of May. During our daily chats we uncovered...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE Lex DeVille's - Advanced Freelance Udemy Courses!
This is your May reminder that you can do this. I'll keep it short. These are the May promos...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE Grow Your Business With a Book (An Unorthodox Marketing Strategy That Built One of the Largest...
Thanks! This is a cool idea, actually. I would like to use your experience as I heard that these...


Visit A Forum Sponsor
sponsor

Fastlane Insiders

View the forum AD FREE.
Private, unindexed content
Detailed process/execution threads
Monthly conference calls with doers
Ideas needing execution, more!

Join Fastlane Insiders.

Top Bottom
AdBlock Detected - Please Disable

Yes, ads can be annoying. But please...

...to support the Unscripted/Fastlane mission (and to respect the immense amount of time needed to manage this forum) please DISABLE your ad-block. Thank you.

I've Disabled AdBlock