A group of frogs were travelling through the woods. Suddenly two of them fell through a large hole.
When the other frogs looked down the deep pit, they told the frogs that had fallen down the pit that there was no hope and that they will be stuck in the pit forever.
The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs told them to stop. What was the point?
Finally after trying for hours and hours one of the frogs took heed of what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He gently floated to the bottom of the pit.
The other frog ignored the situation around him and continued to try get out. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and give up. He jumped even harder and harder and finally made it out the pit.
The other frogs were shocked, they never expected him to get out the pit alive.
This is the power of never giving up. To keep on trying and trying until you succeed.
A young boy and a man were driving through the countryside they stopped at an old farm to ask for directions.
While the man and farmer were talking the young boy came running to his father who told him there was a eagle in the chicken coup. Not believing him, the man continued talking with the farmer.
Again the boy returned and said, “Dad, you have to come see this eagle.” The father told his son that it couldn’t be an eagle and began to apologize to the farmer for the interruption.
The farmer stopped him, and said, “It’s okay. There is an eagle in there."
In disbelief the man walked over to the fence where his son stood pointing. There he saw a bald eagle walking around on the ground pecking for food in the dirt. The man could not believe it. He turned to the farmer and asked, “How did this happen?”
The farmer laughed and said he found the eagle when it was a baby. It had fallen out of its nest in a storm and was injured. He brought it home, weened it back to health and put it with the chickens because it didn’t know how to fly.
Time passed and the eagle grew but never learned how to fly. In fact, it never seemed like it wanted to. It was happy to be with the chickens, eating seeds and digging for worms.
The father was absolutely right.
An eagle had no business walking around on the ground digging for worms. Eagles are meant to soar.
If you put an eagle with a group of chickens, sooner or later, it will act like a chicken.
How do the people closest to you make you feel?
Do they want you to be a chicken or do they want you to be an eagle?
Have you ever had a job you loved so much?
You got up in the morning singing your way to your job, laughing with your co-workers and generally being happy. Having lunch with your co-workers in the afternoon, and saying goodbye at the end of the day like you were leaving a group of long lost friends?
Have you ever fallen in love with your work?
You loved writing a book, recording music, trying to record an album, opening a motivational speaking consulting firm, drawing a huge picture, trying to start a company, building a blog or created something very special.
If the answer is no then maybe it is time for a change.
I was recently watching an interview with one of the wealthiest people in America. He is a 79 year old man. Toward the interview he joked about his working day. He still works nine hours during the day and then goes home to his wife for dinner then works until late into the evening.
When the journalist asked why he still works, because he obvisouly doesn't need the money he replied "I still have passion for what I do. I still love what I do!"
Maybe we need to start loving our work more, start increasing our passion because with passion comes success and money.
The Oscars are an event that many people each year look forward to with excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately this year's event has been marred by accusations of racism and bias.
I read interesting article about how the process of the Academy Awards are awarded to the actors.
There are approximately 4000 members who vote on who should get an Oscar or not. The way it works is that all the members are posted DVD's of the movies a few months before the event. The members are meant to watch all the movies and then vote on which movies and actors they think deserve an Oscar.
Unfortunately what is happening is that there are too many movies to watch and it is too time consuming to adequately evaluate every movie and actor. According to the article the judges just select the movies they want to watch and nominate the actors in those movies while the movies that the judges didn't have time to see are left out.
This is according to the writer one of the reasons there is so little diversity at the Academy awards.
This made me think of how so much of our lives are created by other people's perceptions. We are molded by what others think of us. At school if you are the lucky one and you got the teacher to like you, you got any with being naughty or got better marks.
At work if your boss likes you then you got a promotion. Our whole world is created by outside people telling us their opinion.
Like the judges who don't watch all the movies they are meant to, don't let people who don't have the time for you to define your life.
"Never allow yourself to be defined by someone else's opinion of you."