Post #35 : The rope elephant

s 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, at anytime, break
away from their bonds but for some
reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why
these animals just stood there and made
no attempt to get away. "Well," 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 they cannot break
away. They believe the rope can still hold
them, so they never try to break free."
The man was amazed. These animals
could at any time break free from their
bonds but because they believed they
couldn't, they were stuck right where they
were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go
through life hanging onto a belief that we
cannot do something, simply because we
failed at it once before?
Failure is part of learning; we should never
give up the struggle in life.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Post #35 : The rope elephant

s 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, at anytime, break
away from their bonds but for some
reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why
these animals just stood there and made
no attempt to get away. "Well," 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 they cannot break
away. They believe the rope can still hold
them, so they never try to break free."
The man was amazed. These animals
could at any time break free from their
bonds but because they believed they
couldn't, they were stuck right where they
were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go
through life hanging onto a belief that we
cannot do something, simply because we
failed at it once before?
Failure is part of learning; we should never
give up the struggle in life.

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