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The Keeper Of The Spring And The “Spring Cleaning” You Don’t Want To Miss This Summer

New Growth Over The Summer?

I came across a story that will explain how you can “unclog” some of the things that are holding your business back.

And by the end of the summer, you could see some new growth and results that you’re currently missing.

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The Keeper Of The Spring

I heard that the late Peter Marshall was an amazing speaker and for several years served as the chaplain of the US Senate.

I also heard that he used to love to tell a story he called the “Keeper of the Spring”.

It was the story about an old man who lived in an Alpine forest high above a small Austrian village.

The old gentleman had been hired many years before by a young town councilman. He was hired to clear away the rubbish from the pools of water up in the mountains that fed the stream that flowed through their town.

With faithful, silent consistency, the old man would patrol the hills, remove the leaves and branches, and even wipe away the silt that would’ve clogged up and contaminated the fresh flow of water to the stream that fed the village.

Overtime, the village became a popular attraction for people from all around.

It was beautiful.

Incredible swans would float along the clean and clear spring.

Various farmlands were naturally irrigated by that same spring.

The view was also perfect for the restaurants that eventually popped up near and around the stream.

Everything was going well for that little village.

Until one day a seemingly small decision changed everything.

You see, after years passed people began to take this amazing stream and its clear water for granted.

The Day They Fired “The Keeper of the Stream”

One evening the town council met for its semiannual meeting.

As they reviewed the budget, one council member began to question the salary being paid to this obscure “keeper of the stream”.

The man asked, “Who exactly is this old man? And why do we keep him around year after year? Do we really need this guy? No one ever sees him. Is he really doing anything we should be paying him for?”

No one there had an answer, so by a unanimous vote, they voted to get rid of “the keeper of the stream”.

And for several weeks, nothing changed. The decision seemed like a good one.

The councilmen were proud of their decision that was saving the village a significant amount of money.

And Then Everything Changed

But by early autumn, things began to change. The trees began to shed their leaves.

Small branches snapped off and fell into the pools, which hindered the flow of sparkling water.

One afternoon someone noticed a slight yellowish-brown tint in the spring.

It was just a few days later that the water was much darker. 

Within another week, a slimy film covered sections of the water along the banks. Not only that, but here was a really bad odor that could be smelled by everyone.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the mill wheels started to move more slowly and some even ground to a halt.

The Swans were gone and so were the tourists. The beautiful village now seemed sickly.

How The Village Became Beautiful Again

The town council was forced to have a special meeting.

Realizing their error, they quickly changed the budget and rehired the “keeper of the stream”.

Within a few weeks the stream cleared up again and the little town returned to normal. 

The wheels started to turn again and new life and beauty returned back to the village.

The 9 Things That Could Be Clogging Up Your Stream

There are 9 challenges that every business faces.

I discovered them after working with different small businesses and noticing a common denominator.

These 9 things can be the things that are clogging up your business and keeping you from growth and new results.

I also realized that the businesses that succeed do so because they overcome these 9 challenges.

This summer I will be doing 9 FREE one-hour webinars and I will reveal what the 9 challenges are and how you can overcome them.

The webinars will cost you nothing.

Also I will NOT be selling anything on the webinars.

(At the end of the 9 webinars, I’ll offer to do paid group coaching with business owners who are interested, but that is only for people who are interested and who qualify.)

The main purpose of this webinar series is to help you to unclog your business’ stream. 

By the time the 9 webinars are through you’ll have 9 ways to clear up many of the things holding your business back.

When the Fall comes it should help you to be prepared for some new momentum to end out 2013 with.

If You Want To Be One Of The 24 People On The Webinar Series This Summer

If you want to be a part of this series, then it’s simple.

You just need to be one of the first 24 to contact me here.

Remember, it won’t cost you anything, but space is limited.

Once you contact me, I will fill you in on more of the details.

Photo by Hunter Desportes

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About Scott Aughtmon (1872 Articles)
I’m author of the book 51 Content Marketing Hacks. I am also a regular contributor to and I am the person behind the popular infographic 21 Types of Content We Crave. I’m a business strategist, consultant, content creation specialist, and speaker. I’ve been studying effective marketing and business methods (both online and offline) since 1999. ===> If you would like to see ways that we could work together, then please click here to learn more.