this man stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers,
he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled
out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a
table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized
rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the
jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks
would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?"
Everyone in the class said, "Yes." Then he said,
"Really?" He reached under the table and pulled
out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and
shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves
down into the spaces between the big rocks.
Then he smiled
and asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"
By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not,"
one of them answered."Good!" he replied. And he
reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand.
He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the
spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more
he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"
the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good!"
Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it
in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked
up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this
One eager beaver
raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter
how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can
always fit some more things into it!" "No,"
the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth
this illustration teaches us is:
If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get
them in at all."
Note: We don't know who the author of this is. If anyone
out there can tell us, we would love to give credit where
due. - Thanks!
list goes on and on. You should never justifiably be able
"I don't know what to practice" on the drums.