What Are You Doing?

Updated: July 30, 2022

Once there was a child, who walked into a construction site. The child saw a worker, approached him and asked, “What are you doing?”

“Can’t you see?” said the worker. “I’m laying down these bricks.”

Then the child saw another worker nearby, who was doing the exact same thing. The child nevertheless approached the second worker. And again asked, “What are you doing?”

The second worker smiled and replied, “I’m building a wall.”

Then the child saw a third worker just a few steps away. The child slowly approached, and saw that he was doing the exact same thing. Yet again, the child asked, “What are you doing?”

The third worker smiled, stood up straight, and gazed at the sky. Then with a proud voice he answers, “I’m building a cathedral.”


Three workers were doing the exact same thing. And yet each one gave a different response to the child.

The first one is simply working on a task, while the second one is completing a project.

But the third one, who is the wisest of them all, is building a legacy.

And so the question now is…

If a child approaches you and asks, “What are you doing?”

What will your answer be?

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  1. I would simply answer I am building a brighter future with great plans behind this future 🙂

  2. good read.

    bibigyan ko siya ng safety hat. ano ba kasi ginagawa niya at palakad-lakad siya sa construction site.

    seriously though, i dont know what to answer to the child.

  3. I might ask what the CHILD was doing there. LOL

    Kidding aside, I guess I’m like the first guy – too focused on the “task”. Tsk. I need a change of perspective na! 🙂

  4. I am working hard to change the world by helping 1 person at a time. Pay it Forward 🙂

  5. Right now I am building the foundation of my future, a bit late cause I’m 26 now but still better late than never. I was once lost and now starting to be the best version of myself. Thanks for your encouraging and enlightening articles.

  6. Thanks for sharing this story. It helps to be reminded of what legacy we’re creating out of the things we do every day.

  7. i am building a leagacy that will last for a lifetime ( USANA ) business. As what warren buffet says – Someone can sit in a shade today because……someone planted a tree a longtime ago

  8. This is very short an simple but very inspiring. How we set our goals define how far we can reach in life. Thanks for sharing.

    Stay awesome!

  9. If a child approaches you and asks, “What are you doing?”

    I would answer to the child the same answer from the third worker!

    I’m building a Cathedral! Or in my case, i’m building a solid financial future!

    This is awesome! 🙂

  10. i will answer to the child what i am doing right now, i am preparing my self for my future,
    because i believe what you are doing today is preparation for your future.

  11. Most likely my answer would be #3.(honestly)
    But #3 really struck me. Building a Cathedral means, laying a strong foundation. As such, a good planning, a good design, and good work execution that will last for a lifetime.
    Certainly, one should have a good financial planning. From financial literacy to create an income streams to financial security and ofcourse to financial freedom.

    Thank you Fitz… Another eyeopener.

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