Getting the horse to drink

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”

It’s an old saying that means, ‘although you can try and force someone to do something, you can’t make them.’

Most of the time however, it’s used as an expression of helplessness or frustration after a failure; a consolation after an expedition didn’t go to plan, or a personal ambition left unfulfilled.

We are quick to blame the horse, and then become resigned to our ability to influence, lead, or cause an impact.

What if rather than leading a horse to water with the objective of making it drink, we took the time to identify which horses were thirsty, and simply lead them first?

So I’m updating the saying to: “Go find a thirsty horse. Drink together.”


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