One day, a bunch of frogs decided to have a race to see if anyone could get to the top of a tall tree #BooksthatInspire

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One day, a bunch of frogs decided to have a race to see if anyone could get to the top of a tall tree. As the race started, some of the other frogs in the crowd began to comment,

“Oh, they’ll never make it.”

“That tree is just too tall for a frog to climb.”

“They don’t have a chance.”

Many of the frogs fell back to the ground, but a small group continued the race. The crowd still did not believe they would be able to make it and you could hear them saying,

“They are all going to get hurt.”

“They are all way too high.”

“This really is far too dangerous.”

And, sure enough, the remaining frogs all fell from the tree – all but one, that is. He made it all the way to the very top and, when they asked that outstandingly successful frog how he managed to achieve the seemingly impossible feat and actually climb that tall tree, he answered …

“Pardon?”

It turned out … that the winner was stone deaf which, in this situation, turned out to be a very good thing.

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You are the only person who has ever lived, to have that thumb print! Isn’t that truly amazing? #BooksthatInspire

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You are a truly unique person: you can tell this simply by taking a moment or two to look at your thumb print. Do that now – go on, humour me – take a look at your thumb print and know this: you are the only person who has ever lived, to have that thumb print! Isn’t that truly amazing? In fact, it is even more amazing than that because, as it turns out, you are the only person who will ever have that thumb print.

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Often, it is quite ordinary people who manage to achieve the most extraordinary things #BooksthatInspire

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One of the most difficult things for many people to take on board is that, very often, it is quite ordinary people who manage to achieve the most extraordinary things. Perhaps even more incredibly, as Alan Turing once pointed out, “sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of, who do the things no one can imagine.”

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Taking responsibility for your life is accepting the fact that life may not be fair, but knowing that the remainder of the script for your life has not yet been written #BooksthatInspire

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Accepting personal responsibility for your own life is, in my view, a hallmark of the adult character. It is an acceptance of the fact that life is not fair, and a subsequent taking-on of the responsibility for where your own life will take you.

It is completely accepting that we didn’t all get the same start in life and that the odds may be stacked in favour of some people who don’t realise just how privileged they are, but that the remainder of the script for your life has not yet been written.

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Successful people are more like ourselves than we might have at first imagined. #BooksthatInspire

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One of the most interesting insights into success and what it means can come about by actually meeting some highly successful people.

Successful people, we discover, are more like ourselves than we might have at first imagined. They had an ambitious dream, they were filled with self-doubt and they suffered failure. But they applied the seven principles we have been discussing to develop their fundamental character and become winners.

There is nothing more certain than the truth that you will achieve your dream if you first allow yourself to dream it and then, apply the principles that are outlined in this little book.

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The teacher angrily admonished them, “If you two don’t start getting your act together, you are going to be in Dire Straits!” It turned out that they thought that would be a good name for their new band #BooksthatInspire

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As with many successful bands, it began with two kids playing guitar together as often as they possibly could. On one occasion, just before they were about to sit their final exams, the two youngsters were found playing guitar at school, when they were supposed to have been studying.

The teacher angrily admonished them, “if you two don’t start getting your act together, you are going to be in dire straits!” It turned out that they thought that would be a good name for their new band – you might have heard of them.

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On your journey to success, you will inevitably encounter failure, and it is what you do, when you are in that place, that determines whether or not you will finally succeed. #BooksthatInspire

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Perhaps the best example of the use of failure as a feedback mechanism can be found in the story of Thomas Edison who, as you know, invented the first practical electric lamp.

But, in the process, the amount of apparent failure that Edison had to endure before he finally found success was absolutely astonishing. He conducted thousands of unsuccessful experiments at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, before he found exactly the right filament.

After we had conducted thousands of experiments on a certain project without solving the problem, one of my associates, after we had conducted the crowning experiment and it had proved a failure, expressed discouragement and disgust over our having failed to find out anything. I cheerily assured him that we had learned something. For we had learned for a certainty that the thing couldn’t be done that way, and that we would have to try some other way. – January 1921 issue of American Magazine.

It is understandable and quite natural to become downhearted, discouraged and even, as Edison’s associate had been, disgusted, following failure. On occasions, you might even feel like giving up. But you have to accept that your journey to success is inevitably going to pass through this territory at some stage and it is what you do, when you are in that place, that determines whether or not you will finally succeed.

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Show me a person who has never failed and I will show you someone who has never tried! #BooksthatInspire

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At some time, you might come to think that you will never be able to reach your most ambitious goals, and that perhaps you were silly to even think it might be a possibility in the first place. That sentiment is essentially self-doubt, and if you experience it, it is really a healthy indicator that you are thinking in the right way. If you are dreaming big dreams, you are certain to have doubts about your own ability to succeed. All successful people have experienced self-doubt at some time in their journey to success.

Filled with self-doubt, many people are prepared to give up. They justify their decision by reasoning that there is nothing wrong with living a quiet life. The sad thing is that, in making that decision, they also are sacrificing their one opportunity to make a real difference in this world. But, at least, they don’t have to worry about the effort of trying and therefore, never have to face the prospect of failure. As the saying goes, ‘show me a person who has never failed and I will show you someone who has never tried!’

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Once upon a time, a poultry farmer placed an eagle’s egg in amongst his chickens to see what would happen #BooksthatInspire

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One of the chickens sat on the egg and nurtured it until, one day, it hatched and an eaglet was born. It grew up with the other chickens in the farmyard, scratching about and pecking at the earth. One day, the young eagle caught sight of a magnificent bird confidently soaring high in the sky, and he turned to an old rooster.

“What kind of bird is that?” he asked.

The old bird said, “that is an eagle, the most powerful bird in the land.”

“I wish I could soar like that,” the eagle said.

“But you can’t,” replied the chicken. “He is an eagle and we are just chickens.”

And so, the eagle went back to scratching the ground and he lived the rest of his life like a chicken, for that is what he believed he was.

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