A Puppet Story
One of my favorite stories when I was kid was that of Pinocchio. Pinocchio was a wooden puppet built by his father Gepetto, and is given the gift of life by the blue fairy in an answer to Gepetto’s prayers as long Pinocchio stays “brave, truthful, and unselfish.”
Almost immediately Pinocchio sets out on his own naive decent into the world–against the advice of Gepetto. In the real world he encounters a slew of struggles, and ultimately joins a puppet show run by an evil man who keeps Pinocchio locked in a cage when he is not performing. All the while, his creator, Gepetto, driven by love and passion, sets to sea in order to save his wooden son.
Their story goes on from there, but Gepetto never seems to get enough credit for his impact in the Pinocchio story. Gepetto is the only reason Pinocchio has breath, and is his only hope as well. Without Gepetto, Pinocchio would have nothing to look forward to come back to–the whole world would’ve been one evil puppet show for him. His only reason for hope was that Gepetto wasn’t just the man who created him, but the man who loved, and fostered a father’s relationship with him.
I love Gepetto’s side of the relationship because it reminds me of the differences between being a creator and father.
- Build an idea for a project
- Invest in the project until completion
- Move on once the project is built
This is a very common practice in modern society, and one that millennials are made fun of for. Some refer to it as having no patience or a lack of focus, but I believe a lot of people just weren’t told what a father is and why it is a much better to approach to many scenarios:
- Envision the future of a project
- Invest continually in the project
- Spread the word, and foster growth for the project
A Father’s Reward
Gepetto was a father. When Pinocchio was put into a world of evil he left all of his work and life behind to save him. Ultimately, this led to the return of Pinocchio and for his wooden son to become a real boy. Gepetto’s persistence paid off and he now had a real son who understood how remarkable of a father Gepetto was.
The story could’ve been different though. What if Gepetto was using a creator’s mindset?
The Creator’s Reward
Gepetto, would have carved Pinocchio out of wood as he did with other puppets and items in his shop–and would’ve placed Pinocchio on a hook somewhere to be sold.
That’s it, a creation on a hook. No story, no “real-boy”, no love, no magic.
What about us?
Pinocchio’s story reminds me of CEO’s and their business and services. This blog for example was just
created fathered last month. Is it perfect? Fully built? Well marketed? Definitely not. It’s not without it’s blemishes and broken links. However, this blog is something I care for, I want it to succeed in a world full of nightmares. I pray for it to have life, and to give others joy and help them get through their own struggles and problems. I want to see this project to the end–until the blue fairy comes back and makes my beloved project real. I hope to obtain the father’s reward for the love and work I put through this blog.
What about your projects and ideas? Are you a creator or a father? Do you simply make something and leave it to defend itself against a land of wolves? Or do you foster, grow, and protect it, until there is no wolf left standing that can cause it harm?
Many times our problems in succeeding isn’t a lack of ideas or creations, but the lack of fathering to bring the idea into full completion.