Discovering the Power of Continuous Improvement: The Sculptor’s Tale

The Sculptor's Tale

Once upon a time, there was a famous sculptor and his son. The story I am about to share with you today illustrates that being successful is not enough; maintaining success is equally important. If we do not sustain success, our graph of progress will rapidly decline. Without further ado, let’s begin the story.

There was a highly renowned sculptor who created beautiful statues. He wished for his son to become an even better sculptor than himself, and his wish came true as his son indeed became a skilled sculptor. As time went by, the son would ask his father how his sculptures were, and each time his father would point out flaws in them.

Nevertheless, the son continued to listen to his father’s advice and started creating better and better sculptures. Eventually, there came a time when the son’s sculptures surpassed his father’s in beauty and quality. However, his father still found faults in his creations, and the son’s patience wore thin. He started to believe that he was superior to his father in sculpting skills. He ridiculed his father, thinking that he could create better sculptures on his own. In response, his father stopped criticizing his sculptures altogether.

As time passed, the son’s sculptures no longer maintained their previous level of excellence. They gradually became mediocre. Eventually, frustrated and perplexed, the son went to his father seeking guidance. His father understood that this time would come.

The son asked, “Why am I not able to create sculptures as good as before?” His father replied, “You became satisfied with your work, thinking that you were creating the best sculptures possible. As a result, your progress has stagnated.”

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It is the person who constantly strives to improve and believes they can do even better who can truly succeed. The son realized that he should have shared his thoughts with his father earlier, and his father responded, saying he had experienced the same thing. The father continued, “Some things can only be understood through experience. This is the truth of life.”

The son embraced the lesson taught by his father and started creating sculptures with renewed dedication. He understood the importance of being self-critical and striving for continuous improvement.

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