Set Your Priorities: Motivational Story

Set Your Priorities: Motivational Story
a philosophy professor entered into the class with some items in his hands and
kept those on the table. All students got astonished and began whispering at
each other. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and
empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in

then asked the students if the jar was full. They all shouted out “No, sir”.

the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He
shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas
between the rocks.

then asked the students again if the jar was full. They again nodded their face

professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the
sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a
unanimous “Yes.”

said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your
life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your
health, and your children – things that if everything else was lost and only
they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things
that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else,
the small stuff.”

you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the
pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time
and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your
happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will
always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the

 “Take care of the rocks first – the things
that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest are just sand and pebbles.”

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