The Queen’s Boulder (Short Stories about Motivation and Effort)
In ancient times there was a queen who ordered her soldiers to manoeuvre a boulder into the middle of the main road to and from town.
The queen then hid, watching to see who would stop to do the right thing and move it out of the way again.
Wealthy merchants and courtiers passed the boulder, barely giving it a second thought. A few of them blamed their queen for not keeping the roads clear. Yet none stopped to do anything.
One day, a peasant walked along with a sack of vegetables to sell at market.
He stopped, laid these down, and then pushed, tugged, huffed, and heaved the stone away.
Upon picking up his vegetables, the peasant saw a large purse full of gold and a handwritten note from the queen herself where the boulder had been.
The gold was a reward for whoever removed it from the road.
Moral of the story:
Laziness will never get you anywhere in life. Success almost always takes humility and hard work. Read these quotes about laziness for more insights on this topic!