A Bird in the Hand

Bird in the hand

There’s the old saying ‘a bird in the hand is worth 2 in a bush’, with the suggestion being that, we should always look take the safe or the guaranteed option.

We shouldn’t look to gamble all on the chance of better rewards, we should settle for what we have, rather than risk losing everything.

Its often stated that we should have the courage of our convictions, that we should follow our dreams, that we need to be brave and take risks; rather than take the safer option go for the secure approach and risk regretting it later.

But in reality, is the safe option really all that safe, or is security just an illusion?

Look at the impact of global ecumenic crisis – how many people, who took the perceived safer option ended up out of work, deep in debt, and with their houses repossessed?

What happened to their bird in the hand?

The reality is that security is pretty much an illusion, the bird in the hand is just as liable to fly off as are the birds in the bush.

The difference is that they might never have got to follow their dreams. So now they are left nothing and they just have their regrets.

Steve Jobs once said, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

People say that it takes courage to follow your dreams, maybe thats true, but maybe we don’t need courage, we just need to know that the security we all crave is just an illusion, and that ultimately we will lose everything anyway.

When its all said and done, which would you prefer, to be the richest person in the cemetery or the happiest?

Maybe thats the choice that we really need to make, not whether we go for the bird in the hand or not!

Gordon Tredgold

Leadership Principles