I like this story. It’s usually told to illustrate the difference between coaching and teaching, or just plain jumping in and doing something for someone…
A man found a cocoon. He watched a butterfly struggle to force its body through a small hole. It appeared to stop making progress.
The man decided to help the butterfly and cut the cocoon open. The butterfly emerged with a swollen body and shrivelled wings. The man expected the butterfly to take on its correct proportions. Nothing changed.
What the man didn’t realise is that the butterfly’s struggle to get through the small opening is designed to force fluid into the wings so it’s ready for flight.
Struggle is at the heart of good storytelling. And yet it’s often perceived as anathema and we avoid engaging or talking about it.
No struggle, no growth.
No struggle, no story.