I just saw a facebook update from one of my contacts and found it interesting. I thought to share it on blog.

Once upon a time there was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

“Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.

So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn. If you want to thrive, help the competition thrive. We cannot achieve excellence in silos.

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  • Susan

    Great post Ashraf – I totally agree wtih the overall thrust of thsi article. Blessings.

  • Susan

    Let us cherish our interconnectedness. We live in an interconnected world. What I do affects you, and what you do affects me. Let us therefore affect with good in our hearts, words, deeds and actions.
    Ashraf may have written this article from a business point of view but let us cut througnh the competition hype and focus upon how interconnected we all are – and for those reasons we should extend our hands to help when we can. Blessings.


  • Jawad Akhtar

    Masha’ALLAH you continue to exude enormous positive energy and thinking around you.

  • excellent saying sir ashraf…i wsh all people started thinking like u

  • HJ

    This is what Islam teaches us – parents’ rights, children’s rights, spouse’s rights, rights of nieghbors, relatives, community members, other muslims, human beings and even rights of animals but unfortunately we have forgotten all those basics that were taught 1400 years ago but are still valid

    Ashraf thx for bringing our attention to this very basic point that if understood by all – can solve problems @ a golbal level

    Kind regards


  • Adeel Ahmed

    A precise & excellent lesson that every professional needs to understand. Unfortunately, not everyone knows.

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