This may be a sign of my age but, not a sign of my ignorance. I am often reminded of the parable of the velveteen rabbit. It is a classic that should be (must be) retold by future parents. Without stories such as this, no standard language can be established between the older generation (wiser) and the younger generation (inexperienced). I will go so far as to say without these transcending parables, less transfer of wisdom will occur leaving the youth of our world less prepared.
Established societies use these tales to tell and teach their youngsters life’s principles. These societies have made a choice. It is better to teach experience before someone needs it. Contrast this to letting people experience the lesson first hand. Scar tissue is not a bad thing, but it is inefficient in growing leadership. Mentoring is largely based on this principle.
What is the parable of the velveteen rabbit? I will let you look it up. Google is a great invention. The lessons are many. However, this is what I see: Don’t be afraid of life’s lessons. Its ups and downs, it makes you real. Take anyone who has met a payroll, raised children, built an invention or run a construction company. I can confidently state they are real people.
Conversely, those who have not done much in their lives, they cannot be considered a source of much. Whether through laziness or fear, (it doesn’t matter the reason), these kinds of people should not be sought as counsel or as a mentor. They just don’t know much of the detail of life. Detail is where life happens.
The 30,000 foot view is the same as the theoretical view. A strong starting point for action and discussion, afterward little is accomplished. The ball does not reach the end zone.
The velveteen rabbit is a standard. The author of this story knew more than just how to place words together correctly and smoothly. He was probably a great dad or friend or mentor or son (or all of these things).
Life (or business) is not a theory. The rabbit teaches us this. It for those who are unafraid to participate.