There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of it.

He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did.

Various village elders were called in by the neighbours and asked to do something about the child.

The first told the boy that he would perforate his eardrums if he continued to make so much noise; this reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist or a scholar.

The second told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should only be carried out on special occasions.

The third offered the neighbours plugs for their ears; the fourth gave the boy a book; the fifth gave the neighbours books that described ways of controlling anger; the sixth gave the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and explained that all reality was imagination. Like all placebos, each of these remedies worked for a short while, but none worked for very long.

Eventually, in desperation, the neighbours called upon a wise old man. He looked at the situation, handed the boy a hammer and a chisel, and said, ‘I wonder what is inside the drum?’

The boy banging the drum is like many of us who are engrossed in our mundane material lives, doing the very same things everyday. No matter how many coaches we meet, no matter how many self-help books we read, no matter how many personal development courses we attend; we need someone wise to show us the way. We are all wandering in darkness clueless of our goals, capabilities, and directions to reach our destination.

How do you realise who you really are? By being curious about your own self!

To your success…

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