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Winners never quit

June 19, 2014

Here’s a scene from – Lord of the rings – one of my favorite books and movie trilogy. It contains a simple yet powerful message –

“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something…”

Protagonists in great stories – the ones that mattered – had more than their fair share of adversity. And folk in those stories had many chances, opportunities and even reasons to give up, to turn back, to quit. But the one common thing that made those stories great, made them worth remembering, recording, and spreading, is that – they didn’t quit. They didn’t give up. They didn’t turn back. They continued against all odds, persevered, and eventually prevailed. Tales of quitters doth not a good anecdote make.

Here’s a quote to sum it all up –

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win” – Vince Lombardi


Success is never ending and Failure is never final

June 19, 2014

I came across this nice parable (that some of you may have read) –

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, 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 before?

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

Like the elephant in the story so many of us continue to remain constrained by past failures, that we fail to account for changes in circumstances, our own learnings and growth, and many other factors. Failure is but a stepping stone to success. Here is a quote I live by –

“Success is never ending and Failure is never final”

Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living

June 19, 2014

I got the below from a friend –

Life is about taking risks, making mistakes, learning from our blunders, and growing. If you are willing to take risks that lead to bigger things in life, you will experience failure. The key to success is using our setbacks as fuel to grow and become stronger.

This short video clip and powerful quote captures this message –

“Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living” – Anonymous

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