Posts Tagged ‘SUCCESS’

Once upon a time, there was a large mountainside, where an eagle’s

nest rested. The eagle’s nest contained four large eagle eggs. One

day an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to

roll down the mountain, to a chicken farm, located in the valley

bellow. The chickens knew that they must protect and care for the

eagle’s egg, so an old hen volunteered to nature and raise the large

egg. One day, the egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born.

Sadly, however, the eagle was raised to be a chicken. Soon, the

eagle believed he was nothing more than a chicken. The eagle loved

his home and family, but his spirit cried out for more. While playing a

game, on the farm one day, the eagle looked to the skies above and

noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring in the skies. “Oh”, the eagle

cried, “I wish I could soar like those birds”. The chickens roared with

laughter, “You can not soar with those birds! You are a chicken and

chickens do not soar”. The eagle continued staring, at his real family

up above, dreaming that he could be with them. Each time, the eagle

would let his dreams be known, he was told it couldn’t be done and

that is what the eagle learned to believe. The eagle, after time,

stopped dreaming and continued to live his life like a chicken. Finally,

after a long life as a chicken, the eagle passed away

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SHARPEN YOUR KNIFE

Posted: June 22, 2012 in STORY
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Once there were a group of man – a young hot-blooded guy and a big

number of old folks, doing timber job in a jungle (i.e. chopping down

trees).

This young chap is very hard working. He always continues to work

through his break time and complains that those old folks were

wasting time, having to break few times a day to drink and chat.

As times goes by, this young guy noticed that even though he worked

thru’ break time and hardly took a rest… those old folks are chopping

the same amount of trees as he did and sometimes did more than he

did. It was as if those old folks work thru’ the break time as he did. So

he decided to work harder the next day…unfortunately the results

were even worse.

One day, one of the old folk invited him for a drink during their break

time. That young guy refused and said he has no extra time to spend!

Then the old man smiled to him and said “It was just a waste of effort

to keep chopping trees without re-sharpening your knife. Sooner or

later you will give up or be so exhausted as you have spent too much

energy.” Suddenly the young man realised that actually during break

times while those old folks were having a chat, they were also resharpening

their knife at the same time! And that’s how they can chop

faster than him and yet spending lesser time! The old man said “What

we need is efficiency by making use of our skill and ability

intelligently. Only then can we have more times to do other things.

Otherwise you will always keep saying … I have no time!”

Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest. On May

29, 1953 he scaled the highest mountain then known to man-29, 000

feet straight up. He was knighted for his efforts. He even made

American Express card commercials because of it! However, until we

read his book, High Adventure, we don’t understand that Hillary had

to grow into this success. You see, in 1952 he attempted to climb

Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks later a group in England

asked him to address its members. Hillary walked on stage to a

thunderous applause. The audience was recognizing an attempt at

greatness, but Edmund Hillary saw himself as a failure. He moved

away from the microphone and walked to the edge of the platform. He

made a fist and pointed at a picture of the mountain. He said in a loud

voice, “Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the

next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow… but I’m

still growing!”

When she looked ahead, Florence Chadwick saw nothing but a solid

wall of fog. Her body was numb. She had been swimming for nearly

sixteen hours.

Already she was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both

directions. Now, at age 34, her goal was to become the first woman to

swim from Catalina Island to the California coast.

On that Fourth of July morning in 1952, the sea was like an ice bath

and the fog was so dense she could hardly see her support boats.

Sharks cruised toward her lone figure, only to be driven away by rifle

shots. Against the frigid grip of the sea, she struggled on – hour after

hour – while millions watched on national television.

Alongside Florence in one of the boats, her mother and her trainer

offered encouragement. They told her it wasn’t much farther. But all

she could see was fog. They urged her not to quit. She never had . . .

until then. With only a half mile to go, she asked to be pulled out.

Still thawing her chilled body several hours later, she told a reporter,

“Look, I’m not excusing myself, but if I could have seen land I might

have made it.” It was not fatigue or even the cold water that defeated

her. It was the fog. She was unable to see her goal.

Two months later, she tried again. This time, despite the same dense

fog, she swam with her faith intact and her goal clearly pictured in her

mind. She knew that somewhere behind that fog were land and this

time she made it! Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim

the Catalina Channel, eclipsing the men’s record by two hours!