"An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode and the old man walked. As they went along, people remarked that it was a shame that the old man was walking. The man and the boy thought maybe the critics were right - so they changed positions.
Later, they passed more people who remarked "What a shame - he makes the little boy walk". So they both walked.
However, the next group they passed remarked how foolish they were to walk when they had a donkey. So they both got up on the donkey.
The fourth group they walked by happened to be from PETA... and they were upset about the overloaded donkey. Hearing this, the boy and the man decided that the two of them should, in fact, carry the donkey. Unfortunately, as they crossed the river, they lost their grip and dropped the donkey to it's death.
The moral? If you try to please everyone - you might as well kiss your ass goodbye."
Book Yourself Solid, by Michael Port