The sure way to failure

There’s a fable about an elderly man travelling with a young boy and a donkey. As they passed through one village the people told him he was a fool for not riding the donkey; so he climbed up on its back. At the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to make the child walk. So he got off the donkey and let the child ride. In the third village, the people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk. So they both got on the donkey. Then, at the fourth village, people complained about them overloading the animal. So, exasperated, the old man picked the donkey up and was last seen carrying it down the road.
It’s an old version of the wisdom that says, ‘I may not know the way to success, but I know the way to failure is trying to meet everyone’s expectations.’

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