Life is all about balance. In today’s Wannabe Wednesday episode we talk about the P/PC Balance. It is derived from the fable of the Goose and the Golden Egg and helps us understand how to be effective over the short and long-run. Check out the website for more content


The fable of the Goose and the Golden Egg by Aesop is the guiding story that starts our episode. In the fable, a farmer finds a glittering, golden-colored egg sitting beneath his goose. The farmer thinks it is a prank, but gets the egg appraised anyway. To his amazement, the egg is solid gold. Each morning the goose lays another golden egg. The farmer becomes rich, but also becomes greedy and impatient. Out of frustration, he kills the goose to get all the golden eggs at once. As expected, there were no golden eggs inside, and now the farmer has no more goose and no way to get any more eggs.

The P/PC balance is the ability to manage both your short term and long term effectiveness. P stands for production of desired results (golden eggs). PC stands for production capability, the ability or asset that creates the golden eggs. Without a balance on how you focus on either of these you will eventually have nothing. Focus too much on the desired result, and the asset or ability to create will wither and die. Focus too much on the asset and not the result itself then you will not be able to provide for yourself or the asset.

This balance applies to all aspects of our life, whether it be work and home life balance, finances, investments, yard equipment, our employees and customers, etc. If you do not have the proper balance then creating and sustaining long-term, repeatable success is not possible. Think about this in all areas of your life, including your health, your sleep patterns, your interactions with others, investments.

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