The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Early bird, or night owl?

I remember writing for this exact question before but can’t seem to find it. Regardless I’m mostly a night owl, but why mostly and not declaring myself completely one is because I do get up early many times (even with hardly any sleep). So I come in both categories I guess, but practically don’t we all?

Besides I heard this brilliant quote recently:

The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

ImageI later found out there’s a book of that name, and I might read it sometime soon. Coming to what I said, the quote cleverly attributes that while it’s good to start early for success, sometimes ‘misfortune’ (something which I still question) can lead to undesirable outcomes. The second part of the quote in a way mentions how procrastination in fact, can lead oneself from being saved for better results in the future. Like the first mouse could be killed/trapped and the second can learn from what happened to the first. And/or claim the cheese as a reward for itself, as the trapped only worked and won’t again. But what if the cheese is rat poisoned? Then in that case even the 2nd mouse is doomed despite learning of what befell the first if it went on to take it.

So you see it all comes down to the situation at hand. I find it naive to call myself or someone else a night owl (many accused me of being a dog or well, an asshole but this is something strange I say) or someone else for that matter, who stays awake more than others or late hours mostly. That’s something I can stop doing , something purely my own decision, but today won’t be that day, nor will it be tomorrow. Okay, that was a quote by Batman, and I’d rather be called Batman than a lame owl. I like owls more than bats though. Oh well.


3 thoughts on “The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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  2. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who
    has been doing a little research on this.
    And he actually ordered me lunch simply because I found it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!

    But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this matter here on your blog.


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