The Parable of the Cake and the Crowd

by koolwarrior Banned 13 replies
OK, I can't lie. I grabbed this from my blog:
A Little Inspiration… | T.M. Harris - Internet Marketing Mastermind Blog

It's actually the 2nd half from this post. Hope it inspires you up and coming IM gurus. Enjoy!


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The Parable of the Cake and the Crowd

There’s a cake dangling by a rope above a fish tank full of piranhas on the
roof of a building. 100 hungry people see the cake just sitting there. 99 of
them all come together in unison and agree that it’s dangerous to go after
that cake. I mean, what if you slip or something into the fish tank while
reaching for it? What if you fall off the roof?

It’s too dangerous.

But there’s that 1 guy out of that 100, who we’ll call Larry, who says…”Oh,
what the hell…I’ll go for it. I’m hungry enough to go for it”


Larry realizes that in order to get the cake, he would first have to get on the
roof.

So, Larry makes a deal with about 5 of the 100 to help give him a boost onto
the roof. He offers them a sliver of cake for simply giving him a boost.


They do so, and Larry gets propelled onto the roof. He daringly (and
hungrily) reaches over this large 20″ x 30″ fish tank full of piranhas, and
snags the cake.

While he’s on the roof, he chows down on over half of the cake! Matter of
fact, Larry ate 75% of the cake, because he was THAT hungry.

The 5 guys are screaming below, “Hey where’s our share?!”

So the 1 courageous guy cuts the remaining quarter of the cake into 5
pieces, and gives it to the 5 guys who gave him a boost.

There were still 94 other people who were too afraid to get the cake and
were too lazy to even give Larry a boost onto the roof. They, of course, got
jealous and started asking Larry, “Hey! Do you have any left to spare???
We’re hungry down here!”

Larry replies, “Yeah, I have some left. Have fun fighting over the crumbs.”

The moral of the story:

Those who take the risk, get the cake. Those who are fearful of risk, get the crumbs.


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It’s the same lesson in business. The ones who take the risk of creating &
running a multi-billion dollar corporation from an idea, they’re the ones who
are the Owners and CEO’s. The ones who don’t…are the ones who work for
them, praying and hoping that they don’t get fired.

And if you’re still fearful of taking risk, and rebuilding your life, your income
and your future, let me remind you of some words from FDR’s inauguration
speech. I read the entire thing yesterday, and formulated my own thoughts
about fear as a result.

…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning,
unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into
advance.


In other words, you only have to be afraid of being afraid. It’s all
unreasonable and unjustified terror which makes us hide when we need to be
seen. It makes us regress rather than progress. It puts us in reliance and
dependence, rather than making us independent.

And that’s why you’re not rich and famous thanks to internet marketing.
Instead of actually DOING something, you’re scared to, because you feel
that you have too much to lose if you fail. But it’s this fear that keeps you in
that same position, rather than moving on up, and doing what you know you
need to do to be successful and be happy.

And if you think that money’s gonna bring you happiness, let me show you
another quote from FDR back in 1933 at his inauguration:

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of
achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of
work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.
These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true
destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our
fellow men.


I got something else from this that relates to the business and online
marketing world. Look at that last line again of the quote…”our true
destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our
fellow men”


In the internet marketing world, are you ministering to someone, or are you
being ministered unto? Are you serving or being served? The ones making all
the money online are the ones who are ministering to people by providing
products and services, referrals, and even displaying contextual ads and
offer within content the provide for you.

The ones who aren’t making money online are the ones being served. They
love to be served, and they’ll continue to allow it to happen because they’re
too lazy to go out and serve someone.

OK, enough of my philosophies and such. Just trying to inspire you a bit.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #cake #crowd #parable
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  • Profile picture of the author lama!
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    • Profile picture of the author CmdrStidd
      You have chosen one of my two favorite public speakers of all time. FDR was a fantastic public speaker. My other favorite is JFK. Both of these men knew what to say and how to say it to motivate the masses into action. Fantastic work.
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      • Profile picture of the author artwebster
        A great story and a well presented lesson but, really, 100 folks afraid of the contents of a 20" x 30" fish tank?

        Just a tiny credibility gap, I would say.
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        • Profile picture of the author CmdrStidd
          Originally Posted by artwebster View Post

          A great story and a well presented lesson but, really, 100 folks afraid of the contents of a 20" x 30" fish tank?

          Just a tiny credibility gap, I would say.
          You just have to use your imagination and think of it as a magical fishtank from Harry Potter. You know, one where it is only 20" X 30" on the outside but is actually more like 200' X 300' on the inside.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
          Originally Posted by artwebster View Post

          A great story and a well presented lesson but, really, 100 folks afraid of the contents of a 20" x 30" fish tank?

          Just a tiny credibility gap, I would say.
          I figured he meant to say 20' x 30'. If it were only 20" x 30", most people could reach it easily with very little risk of falling into the tank unless they were really, really clumsy.

          The more important question is, what kind of cake was it? I'm not sure I'd want to go through all that effort if it was carrot cake or something.

          As a side note, who here has ever put their hand in a tank of piranha? Besides me, that is.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    Maybe artwebster's observation means that those who take the risk get the cake, those who are fearful of the risk get the crumbs, and those who are smart enough to look at the challenge in a different way to all the rest will get the cake, the crumbs and the icing
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    • Profile picture of the author koolwarrior
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      Exactly. That's the overall lesson. I know, my dimensions of the pool tank totally suck, but still, I'd still be afraid of a tank full of piranhas regardless

      And to the earlier posters, I haven't had a problem visiting my signature link. I know the site doesn't require having to be logged in or anything like that. I should know, because I'm the one who put it together.

      But if it's giving you a problem, let me know. I know it's not the first time I heard this comment today.
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  • Profile picture of the author meldave
    Hey, his hand could of slipped into the 20" x 30" tank, the fish could of eaten his hand off and he could of bled to death on the roof. Just a little imagination goes a long way.

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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    Someone in the hungry crowd should puncture the tank, drain the water, capture the flopping piranhas and cook them. lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      Someone in the hungry crowd should puncture the tank, drain the water, capture the flopping piranhas and cook them. lol
      Or find out who's baking cakes and stringing them up above piranha tanks, and sell the name and address of the baker to hungry buyers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
        Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

        Or find out who's baking cakes and stringing them up above piranha tanks, and sell the name and address of the baker to hungry buyers.
        Haha!! That was good.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
          Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

          Haha!! That was good.
          Your idea of eating the fish was good too.

          In any case, once the six guys have gotten their cake and eaten it too, the hungry crowd will either run them out of town or just spread out looking elsewhere for cake.

          Meanwhile, you can get yourself a net. The 6 guys may have eaten cake for a day, but you can be eating fish for a month!
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    Dan...how true you are! Another great moral to the story!
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