Some of the oldest stories in the world still have profound messages for today.

The stories collected and broadly described as Aesop’s Fables are estimated to be more than 2,200 years old. Their roots can be traced to multiple cultures.

One favorite is “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” There are different versions but here’s one we like:

In a field one summer’s day, a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper. “We have got plenty of food at present.”

But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came, the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger. Meanwhile it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

Different times, different cultures have interpreted these fables through different lenses. Our lens is this: both the Ant and the Grasshopper have potential for greatness. Only the Ant has chosen everyday greatness and decided to follow the best practices that ensure its survival and success.

(If they were in sales, the Ant would be making or exceeding quota and getting a bonus. The Grasshopper would be way under quota and getting a performance plan.}

Handed down through time, the moral attached to the above story has been: “It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”

We see it as follows: “Are you the Ant? Or are you the Grasshopper?”