Lessons I Learned From The Ant and The Grasshopper Fable

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It is August, and now it’s the middle of the Summer, yay! It is most people's favorite time of the year. People are at the beach barbequing, schools are out for the Summer, and everyone is just having a good time just like the Grasshopper from the fable, 'The Ant and The Grasshopper.'

Have you heard the story of The Ant and Grasshopper? It’s an old fable where a Grasshopper spent the entire summer singing, dancing, and having fun while a family of Ants worked the whole summer to store up food to prepare for the winter. Once Winter arrived, the Grasshopper finds itself dying of hunger and begs the Ants for food. However, the Ants rebuke its idleness and tell it to dance the winter away now. This story has been used to teach the virtues of hard work and the perils of improvidence.

Do you know anyone who procrastinates and puts off work in favor of doing things that are more fun? Maybe you have a big project due for a client, but instead of focusing on it, you decide to take a day off. Then, when the project comes due, you're not really prepared or feeling your most confident self. 'The Ant and The Grasshopper' teaches us about putting work before play because it's more important to do the things you need to do before doing the things you want to do.

Budgeting and saving your money is another key take away. The Ants worked all the way to Winter to stock food so they wouldn’t have to worry about it when they can’t harvest. Another word is saving it for rainy days and emergencies in case you cannot work for whatever reason.  The Grasshopper, on the other hand, played around until winter and procrastinated during the summer, being completely unprepared. This could be said for entrepreneurs, many of us have bad habits of spending what you make and not saving any money for the future or emergencies. It is essential to include saving as a part your budgeting process.  

Planning ahead of time is one of the most critical principles to having success. By planning ahead, you can systemize your life.


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