The Monkey and the Rope

A modern-day koan for entrepreneurs

Danny Espinoza
Jul 21, 2014 · 1 min read

Three pupils arrive at a frayed rope tied across a deep chasm on the way to enlightenment.

A monkey calls down from a nearby tree: “And what is your fate?”

The first pupil replies “I will surely succeed,” but panics while crossing and falls into the abyss.

The second pupil replies “I will surely fail,” and panics while crossing and falls into the abyss.

The third pupil replies “I cannot know, so let us see,” and crosses to the other side with ease.

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