Don’t Do it Alone

I just want to share with you what I have read in John C. Maxwell’s book, “Developing the Leader within You.

According to John, leaders don’t do it alone. They employ others to fulfill the vision. And in the process, they develop them.

In the story, John tells of a person who attempted to just do the opposite. The person tried to move five hundred pounds of bricks from the top of a four-story building to the sidewalk below…and he tried to do it alone.

On an insurance claim form, he explained what happened:

It would have taken too long to carry the bricks down by hand, so I decided to put them in a barrel and lower them by a pulley which I had fastened to the top of the building.

After tying the rope securely at the ground level, I then went up to the top of the building. I fastened the rope around the barrel, loaded it with the bricks, and swung it out over the sidewalk for the descent.

Then I went down to the sidewalk and untied the rope, holding it securely to guide the barrel down slowly. But since I weigh only one hundred and forty pounds, the five-hundred pound load jerked me from the ground so fast that I didn’t have time to think of letting go of the rope. And as I passed between the second and third floors, I met the barrel coming down. This accounts for the bruises and lacerations on my upper body.

I held tightly to the rope until I reached the top, where my hand became jammed in the pulley. This accounts for my broken thumb. At the same time, however, the barrel hit the sidewalk with a bang and the bottom fell out. With the weight of the bricks gone, the barrel weighed only about forty pounds. Thus, my one-hundred-forty-pound body begun a swift decent, and I met the empty barrel coming up. This accounts for my broken ankle.

Slowed only slightly, I continued the descent and landed on a pile of bricks. This accounts for my sprained back and broken collar-bone.

At this point, I lost my presence of mind completely and let go of the rope. And the empty barrel came crashing down on me. This accounts for my head injuries.

As for the last question on the form, ‘What would you do if the same situation arose again?’ please be advised that I’m finished trying to do the job alone.”

Hope you enjoyed it. Have a nice day!

7 thoughts on “Don’t Do it Alone

  1. “Developing the Leader within You” is one of the first few John Maxwell books I read when I was a new believer. I’ve been reading his many other books since then.

    Great post!

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