A young man wished to marry the farmer’s beautiful daughter. He went to the farmer to ask his permission. The farmer looked him over and said, “Son, go stand out in that field. I’m going to release three bulls, one at a time. If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry my daughter.”
The young man stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull.
The barn door opened and out ran the biggest, meanest-looking bull he had ever seen. He decided that one of the next bulls had to be a better choice than this one, so he ran over to the side and let the bull pass through the pasture out the back gate.
The barn door opened again. Unbelievable. He had never seen anything so big and fierce in his life. It stood pawing the ground, grunting, slinging slobber as it eyed him. Whatever the next bull was like, it had to be a better choice than this one. He ran to the fence and let the bull pass through the pasture, out the back gate.
The door opened a third time. A smile came across his face. This was the weakest, scrawniest little bull he had ever seen. This one was his bull. As the bull came running by, he positioned himself just right and jumped at just the exact moment.
He grabbed… but the bull had no tail!
Moral: Life gives us multiple chances to prove our worth. But at times, due to our fear, apprehensions, or laid-back attitude, we let them pass (to someone else). Now when we see someone else succeed, we regret missing those chances. So, it’s very important to understand our responsibilities, take the ownership and get our work done on the first go. Go grab the first opportunity. Grab the first mover’s advantage.
He who occupies the field of battle first and awaits an enemy is at ease. He who comes later to the scene and rushes into the fight is weary.