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The magical bathtub

One Monday morning, Alex wakes up, goes to the bathroom and discovers that his bathtub is full of money. Thousands of dollar bills.

He runs to the basement, takes a duffle bag, puts all the money in the bag (and some in his pockets), and then hides the bag under his bed. Though very disturbed by his unusual morning, Alex goes to the office. With his wonderful-yet-unsettling secret still on his mind, the very conscientious Alex calms down and tries to focus on his Monday work: sales review.

On Tuesday morning, Alex wakes up, goes to the bathroom and finds his bathtub full of money again.

Remembering the tale of the goose that laid the golden eggs, he decides to leave the bathtub alone and just go to work. But he does not enjoy the work he normally has to do on Tuesdays. It’s “team day,” which means spending the day listening to salespeople complaining about demanding customers, a colleague’s attitude, working hours, personal issues, and so on.

Exhausted, Alex comes back home that night and goes to bed. When he wakes up on Wednesday, the bathtub is completely empty. Not a nickel, not a coin - nothing is in the bathtub.

The weeks and months pass by like that. Some mornings the bathtub is full of money, some mornings the bathtub is completely empty.

It doesn’t take long for Alex to understand that when he does something he likes at work (writing reports, reviewing proposals, analyzing sales results, etc.) the bathtub is full of money. And when he does something he doesn’t like at work (meeting clients, talking to the board, team meetings, etc.) the bathtub stays empty.

If you were Alex, what would you do? If you wake up tomorrow and your bathtub is full of money, what would you do during the day to keep the money coming?

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Written by Anne Delmarquette