One of my favorite books of all time is the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, which I discovered last year when I won it as part of participating in an online competition. It is an absolute classic. It is a poetic tale written as a children’s book, but for grown-ups. The narrator of the story is a pilot who has crashed his plane in the Sahara desert. Here he meets a young prince fallen to earth from an asteroid far away, who tells him about his journey across different planets. Each planet which the prince describes is a representation of an aspect of human nature. The little prince thus makes observations of the adult world through the eyes of a child. It is a philosophical tale, which despite its simplicity has incredible depth and is rich in meaning. The lessons of life observed by the little prince are classic, which is probably why the book is still as popular today, as when it was first published in 1943. When I read it the first time, I fell in love with it, immediately! The beauty of the story is that it reminds me of the importance of maintaining the innocence of a child in every aspect of life. This is especially relevant when discussing career development, where the discussion can quickly focus on somewhat irrelevant things such as the importance of the name of the corporation you want to work for, your title or the length of your lunch hour. Instead, it is important to remember to have fun whilst working and staying curious, keeping our love for learning. Just as we did, when we were children.
“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them”
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”