When you must succeed

They can conquer who believe they can. Virgil It’s rather unfortunate, but as humans, we must be hardwired to seek the easy way out. We always seem to be looking for the path of least resistance. This behavior, while designed to conserve our resources, often keeps us from achieving our true potential. We have a bad habit of giving up on tasks when the going gets tough. But there are countless stories of humans who perform superhuman tasks when there’s no other choice. Our greatest achievements seem to come from situations where “failure is not an option” — an expression …
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Learning from two young musicians

If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly. Buddhist proverb Recently, a friend from England shared an article about the musical achievements of his sons; he called it a shameless plug from a proud parent. Both of his sons are teenagers, and one had been selected for the second straight year to play in the National (UK) Children’s Wind Orchestra. The other had been selected for two years running to play in the National (UK) Children’s Regional Symphony Orchestra. I …
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The Hare and the Tortoise

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right. Henry Ford 1863 – 1947 Like most children, I heard Aesop’s Fable about the Tortoise and the Hare when I was growing up. The thing I remember most about the story was the moral: “Slow and steady wins the race.” But there’s an equally important lesson that I hadn’t recognized until I recently read the fable again. For your benefit, here’s the story; see if you can spot the lesson I’d failed to grasp all these years. A Hare one day ridiculed the short feet and …
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