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A Business Fable in 30 Seconds: Swearing

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.

A Business Fable in 30 Seconds: Swearing

A priest goes golfing with his friend.

His friend is not a very good golfer and always misses the hole by just a bit. Every time this happens he gets very upset and says, "#%!, such a close miss!"

This goes on for a while before the priest finally tells his friend, "Listen, I'm a man of god and I can't stand you swearing so much -- if you swear like this one more time, god will open the sky and you will be struck by lightning."

At the next hole, the priest's friend misses again and screams again, "#%!, such a close miss!"

Not a second after the sentence was completed, the sky opens but instead of the man, it's the priest who gets struck by lightning and falls over on the spot.

There is a short silence as the man looks up dumbfounded into the clouds while the priest screams in agony and pain. Then a deep voice comes from the sky and says, "#%!, such a close miss!"

Moral of the story: We are all equally fallible and prone to error.