Two women were very much alike. Both were better than average students, both were personable and both – as young businesswomen – had built successful small companies.
Years later, these two women sold their businesses and wound up living in the same town.
They were still very much alike. Both were happily married. Both had three children. And both, it turned out, volunteered at the same large museum.
But there was a difference. One woman couldn’t find one friend at the museum. The other became president of the Board of Directors.
What happened? On the first day, they both went through “orientation” and discovered that you don’t volunteer, you are volunTOLD. The slow progress frustrated both of them. But only one was able to disengage and accept the situation humbly. She could see solutions, but was able to remain outwardly yielding.
The other let her ego get in the way. She wanted to fix everything quickly. She started pointing out what was wrong. (Even the best non profit organization can be improved – but not instantly.) The other woman who went on to become president of the Board of Directors created lots of change. She did it by working like nature, slowly and imperceptibly until one day the fruit ripens.- Shar McBee