Periodically I receive something inspiring from a friend 1 who was considerate enough to include me in his thoughts.  The “Three Little Pigs” is one of those inspiring stories, a fairy tale that has made its way into popular culture and back into my life with new meaning.

Originally a tale written in England, it became extremely popular in the United States with Walt Disney’s adaption of the tale. The moral of the story has inspired generations to work hard toward success, with the expectation that the hard work will eventually lead to favorable outcomes.

Origin

The earliest credited “Three Little Pigs” story was written by James Orchard Halliwell in 1849. The story appeared in a book titled, “Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales.” It is not known whether Halliwell, who later used the name Halliwell-Phillipps, created the story or simply passed it down from previous generations. Halliwell was credited by fellow English author Joseph Jacobs when he adapted the story for a book titled “English Fairy Tales”.

Plot Summary

As you know, the basic story outline of “The Three Little Pigs” is a real estate story of three pigs, and each builds a home.  One takes little time in building the home out of straw and spends the rest of his time playing and relaxing. A second pig builds a home out of sticks, which takes slightly longer, but he too over-values relaxation time. A third pig chooses to build a home out of bricks, quality building materials which require a great deal of time and effort. He values taking the time to build a home properly versus using cheaper products to get it done more quickly, protecting his time to play. When the Big Bad Wolf comes to the homes, only the third pig’s house of bricks stands up to the pressure applied by the wolf.

Moral Lessons

The primary moral lesson learned from “The Three Little Pigs” is that hard work and dedication pay off. While the first two pigs quickly built homes and had more free time to play, the third pig labored in the construction of his house with a focus on his workmanship and a more judicious use of time. Compared to the other two pigs, the third pig’s extra effort paid off in that his home lasted. The idea that taking the time to perform a task the right way has been adopted by many work organizations and taught by teachers and parents of children for many generations.

Walt Disney and the Great Depression

In 1933, Walt Disney released an eight-minute animated film of the “Three Little Pigs.”  The short film inspired many Americans through the Great Depression 2. Americans used the Big Bad Wolf as a symbol of the strife in their lives. Just as the third little pig was able to overcome adversity through hard work, many Americans believed that their hard work would eventually lead them out of the Great Depression.

Epilogue

No matter whether it is real estate construction, hospitality services, or e-commerce, the benefits of diligence cannot be over-stated, and the shackles of slothfulness cannot be more impeding.  It is a practice at VisionWise Capital to “Do your job well, even when no one is looking.”

If a focus on workmanship and dedicated endurance is appealing to you, call to speak to me at (949) 441-5580.  I will explain how the moral of our story works well…  We apply our dedication and hard work to making your income grow.

Give me a call!  Send me an email!  The time is right to be ready!

1.   Story provided by Jerry Sommerville
2.  According to the Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts

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