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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is proverbs 160. The proverb today is to

  • kill the goose that laid the golden eggs. Sometimes you can actually hear it is

  • just to kill the goose that laid the golden egg too. So you can either hear

  • egg as singular or plural. All right. Let's continue here. Let's look at the note. If

  • someone kills the goose that lays the golden eggs, he or she ruins or destroys

  • something that is profitable or brings wealth, often by doing something stupid

  • or by being too greedy. It is often used as a warning. Like don't kill the goose

  • that lays the golden egg. Sometimes we actually say it that way. Kind of as a

  • warning to someone thinking that they might be doing something that could

  • really harm or damage their business or their wealth. Okay. Let's continue. The

  • origin of this proverb comes directly from an Aesop fable called "The goose that

  • laid the golden egg. According to the story, the farmer got a goose that laid one

  • golden egg every day. The farmer became impatient with only one golden egg. Yeah.

  • I know think you'd he would be satisfied with a golden egg. Hey that's great. Every day one golden

  • egg. Well, your wealth could grow pretty quick like that way. But anyway and

  • eventually he became overwhelmed with greed. So this is where he made his big

  • mistake. He decided to kill the goose, believing that there would be a treasure

  • trove of eggs inside the goose. He didn't want to wait. After killing the goose he

  • only found the usual internal organs of a goose. So he ended up destroying a good

  • thing that he had. He had a goose that really laid a golden egg supposedly. The

  • moral of the story is don't be stupid or too greedy by destroying your own wealth

  • or something that's bringing you in you know, wealth or a fortune. Okay. Let's take a

  • look at a couple of examples here. That company used to sell its items for

  • reasonable prices. However over the past few years they have raised their prices

  • five times. If they continue to do this they are going to kill the goose that

  • laid the golden eggs. That's one of the ways that we may say it, especially if we

  • think a company is doing something stupid that could ruin their real core

  • or the main part of their business, especially when they got a good business

  • already. They've already been successful. All

  • right. Let's look at the second one here. When Apple forced Steve Jobs out of the

  • company over a power struggle with the CEO, they nearly killed the goose that

  • laid the golden eggs. They continued to go down. Yeah. So when he was gone for

  • several years the company got worse and worse their stock went down and down and

  • down. And we're on the verge of bankruptcy when they hired him back. And

  • to save the company basically. He turned around. It was very close, they nearly killed the

  • goose that laid the golden egg. They were very close to doing that. That's what we

  • mean. So when companies do that. When they do stupid things or I don't know. These

  • days a lot of companies sometimes they're doing things for political

  • reasons that end up hurting their bottom line too. There's a number of examples of

  • that. And some people might say that some of them may be you know if they continue

  • along that line, they may kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

  • Anyway, I hope you got it . I hope it was clear. I hope it was informative. Thank you for

  • your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is proverbs 160. The proverb today is to

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英語の家庭教師ニックPの箴言 (160) 金の卵を産むガチョウを殺せ (English Tutor Nick P Proverbs (160) Kill the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg)

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