Ways to distinguish yourself – #58 Understand the law of the bucket and the glass

Ways to distinguish yourself – #58 Understand the law of the bucket and the glass

By Rajesh Setty on Tue 08 Nov 2005, 4:16 PM – 5 Comments

Okay – there is no

such law. I made this up based on an advice by one of my mentors.

Imagine an empty glass where you can pour water or any liquid. It’s

ready and willing to get filled.

Imagine a bucket filled with water. Now, start pouring the water from the

bucket into the glass. After a while the glass will be full. You can

continue to pour more water but unfortunately the glass can only hold a

limited amount of water (way less than what a bucket can hold)

You can devise a strategy to pour water slowly or you can employ

“positive thinking” and be optimistic about the possibility of putting

in more water. Won’t work. Sorry!

Summary: Next time, when you are talking to someone, please see whether the

other person has a glass or a bucket and then pour your information

appropriately. It will save both of you a lot of time and energy!


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5 Comments so far, Add Yours

Anonymous  on November 9th, 2005

The other person may not even have a glass (or cup), not even worth wasting your time – I realized this the hard way. Thanks for your excellent illustration.

Anonymous  on November 10th, 2005

Excellent illustration and a good reminder to all of us. I would also think about the person who has the shot glass (super short attention span) and the person with the hole in the bottom of their bucket (who could suck out all of your time and energy, and you’d never know it), and plan your conversation accordingly.

Anonymous  on November 10th, 2005

Thanks Ravi and Phil for the additions. Made me smile :) Cheers,


Yen Chan  on September 30th, 2008

Hi Rajesh,

Love your illustration! What a lesson in life – often learnt the hard way!


Rajesh Setty  on September 30th, 2008

Thank you Yen for your kind comments.

Have a great week ahead!



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