A gentleman walked past a building site to see three men laying bricks. He approached the first and asked, ‘What are you doing?’

Annoyed, the first man answered, ‘What does it look like I’m doing? I’m laying bricks!’

He walked over to the second bricklayer and asked the same question.

The second man responded, ‘Oh, I’m making a living.’

He asked the third bricklayer the same question, ‘What are you doing?’

The third man looked up, smiled, and said, ‘I’m building a cathedral.’


This story is a well-known metaphor for how different people view the same job. All three bricklayers are physically doing the same thing, but how they view ...

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