In the mountains lived a wise old man. He often came down to the village to offer counsel.
A gang leader in the village decided he would discredit the old man. He would capture a bird and hide it behind his back. He would ask, “Wise man, what do I have behind my back?”
If the old man said it was a bird, the young thug would then ask, “Ahh, yes—but is it dead or alive?”
If he said the small bird was dead, the gang leader would set it free. If he said it was alive, the thug would crush the bird, killing it instantly, proving that the wise old man was not all that wise.
Soon the wise old man came down from the mountain. The leader of this gang quickly caught a small bird. While cupping it in his hands behind his back, he smugly asked, “Old man, what is it that I have in my hands?”
“You have a bird.”
“Yes, you are right.” Then he asked, “Old man, tell me—is the bird alive or is it dead?”
“The bird is as you choose it. You hold its life in your hands. You can choose to let it soar and fulfill its greatest happiness. Or you can choose to kill it. The choice is yours.”
Each of us has a life in our hands. In 2019 you can make wise choices and send your life soaring, or you can crush your life with selfish, shortsighted decisions. It is your choice; it is your life!
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Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely-published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, customer service, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, and RasterOps.