The Elephant Rope

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could break away from their bonds at any time, but for some reason, they did not.

The man saw a trainer nearby and asked why the animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

Well,” the trainer said, “When they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe that they cannot break loose. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could break free from their bonds at any time, but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many people go through life hanging onto a belief that they cannot do something, simply because they failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

elephant-ropThe only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was because, over time, they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.

Moral of the story: No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step to actually achieving it.

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