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The Ant and the Grasshopper

One summer’s day, in a field, a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great effort an ear of corn he was taking to his nest.

"Why don’t you come and chat with me," asked the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling your life away?"

"I am helping to store up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and I recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper. "We have got plenty of food at present."

But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When winter came, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in summer.

Then the Grasshopper knew...


More about the ant and the grasshopper story

Are you an ant or a grasshopper? In other words, do you tend to finish all your work, and then relax, or do you relax first and procrastinate about work?

Most of us, in fact, are somewhere in between. However, different types of personalities behave differently, when presented with a situation where there is an option of working and saving for future, and leading a carefree life. Most artists and creative people are usually categorized as the latter type.

Research shows that people who are basically explorers and entertainers, do not care much about finishing their work before enjoying themselves. They like to live one day at a time, and impulsively follow where their heart leads. They believe in living in the moment.

People who are diplomats, analysts, logicians and mediators, tend to strike a balance between work and play, with a slight inclination towards work than play.

People who are sentinels are definitely the ‘ant’ type, working very hard now, so that they can enjoy the fruits of their work later. They are very strict about themselves and their work, and do not have a carefree attitude to anything in life. They are likely to be successful in the long run, but may seem to have a ‘dull’ life.

It is a sad fact that some people take the ‘work before play’ concept too far and get stressed out eventually. It must be for those that the saying ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ was invented! Many studies show that workaholics suffer from mental and physical illnesses.

The key is therefore, to strike a balance between work and play. Work well, and save for a rainy day. However, remember to take breaks and rest in between. “It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family,” said Philip Green.

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