This is a fascinating parable by Lao Tzu that exposes the human condition, specifically how mankind has been dealing with his shadows (i.e. insecurities, deficiencies). It is expounded by Osho in his book: Intimacy.
Often the human predicament is that we want to accomplish big goals, and because that’s difficult we end up not doing anything. How does the mind serve as a limitation? Why could 'big' achievements be misleading, and how does it subtract from the process of creation?