Question: Dear Sophie: your tone is changing. It is more demanding, and I wonder what’s going on… you are wielding a stronger demand on the students… did something change?
Answer: Let me answer with a story:
A Pig and a Chicken are walking down the road. The Chicken says, “Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!” The Pig replies, “Hm, maybe, what would we call it?” The Chicken responds, “How about ‘ham-n-eggs’?”
The Pig thinks for a moment and says, “No thanks. I’d be committed, but you’d only be involved!”
Sometimes, the story is presented as a riddle:
Question: In a bacon-and-egg breakfast, what’s the difference between the Chicken and the Pig?
Answer: The Chicken is involved, but the Pig is committed!
…and in business…
I like to say that human beings, when they take risks, they fall into one of two types, PIGS or CHICKENS.
The difference between these two kinds of people is the difference between the pig and the chicken in the ham-and-eggs breakfast. The chicken is interested, the pig is committed. If you are going to do anything worth doing, you need a lot of pigs.
In my personal experience, I’ve found this literally and figuratively true. It may be bad for your personal diet, but it will be very good for business.
A world that will work for everyone isn’t going to be built by interested people. Not even by involved people. Only by committed people.
Committed people change themselves to be the core group of the new humanity that is going to be necessary for the Thousand Years of Peace.
The involved/interested people will be benefiting but will not be part of the creation.
I am only able to successfully train the people that will do something with what I teach. That is why the change of tone.
It may alienate the interested people that are not willing to risk commitment, but they would leave anyway. That is the nature of interest: it’s fickle.