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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ball of Paint: The Story Behind It.

News of the weird. Imagine ... in 1977 you start with a baseball. You paint it. Nearly every day you paint it. Your wife paints it while you are at work. The ball grows. It grows to 1700 pounds. It gets over 15,000 coats of paint.

Some day you will die. And you'll be remembered for making a huge paint ball.

It reminds me of that story. I think it first came from Steven Covey. It's about the guy attempting to get from one village to another in a very dense jungle. He doesn't really have a plan or a map. He does have a machete and he starts hacking his way through the jungle.

After going on for several days and not coming to the village he had hoped, he stops. He finds a tall tree. He climbs to the top with his binoculars and scans over the tree tops. He sees the village he is supposed to go to. And he finds he's been hacking through the jungle in the wrong direction.

A firm resolve and vigorous work — all for naught.

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