A man went away on a trip and left his vineyard to be maintained by some farmhands. During his trip the man would send servants to collect the profits from the vineyard for him. He did this three times. Each time the farmhands would either beat the servant, or work them to an inch of death and leave them in the street and send them off empty-handed.

 The man thought that if he sent his own son, the farmhands will respect him and give him the profits that he was owed. The man however did not think that the farmhands would kill his son.  The farmhands believed that killing the son would allow them to keep the vineyard to themselves. The man, instead of collecting the money himself, had other people collect it for him, resulting in the deaths of his son and servants.

This parable shows that in order to achieve your goals and do the things you want to do, you have to do it yourself. You have to take the initiative. You can’t just live life thinking that someone is going to do it for you, because thousands to millions of people are also thinking the same way. If everyone has that kind of mindset then nothing will happen and we will become stagnant. The only reason we are moving forward in society is because of the people who are themselves actively participating. Be a leader, not a follower. Be proactive, not reactive.