The Crab Bucket

A man was walking along the beach and saw another man fishing in the surf with a bait bucket beside him.  As he drew closer, he noticed that the bait bucket had no lid and contained live crabs.

“Why don’t you cover your bait bucket so the crabs don’t escape?” he said.

“You don’t understand,” the man replied.  “If there is one crab in the bucket, then it will surely crawl out very quickly.  However, when there are many crabs in the bucket, as soon as one tries to crawl up the side, the others grab hold of it and pull it back down so it will share the same fate as the rest of them.”


So it is the same with people.  If one tries to do something different, start a business, begin a journey of self-improvement, escape their environment or dream big, others will try to drag them back down to share the same fate.  Our world has been enriched by the talents of those who dared to be different, those that had to overcome even more difficult odds.  Helen Keller, F.D. Roosevelt, Stephen Hawking, Stevie Wonder, Christopher Reeve – they all chose to “climb the crab bucket” instead of succumbing to others.


Moral of this Tale:  Don’t ever lose your motivation or let others discourage you.  Do what YOU know is right – follow your heart, your gut or your passion – whatever is the force inside that keeps driving you in one direction over another.  Your success and your path may not look the same as someone else’s, but the only true failure is to let others dictate your path and to stop trying.  Success means different things to different people.

Overcome the crabs to reach the light outside of the bucket.

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