Once upon a time, there was a group of tiny frogs who arranged a competition. The goal was to reach the top of a tower. A huge crowd of frogs gathered to watch the race and cheer on the contestants.
The race began.
Not one frog in the audience believed that the contestants would reach to the top. After all, it was a HUGE tower! The crowd grew and many yelled,
- “Oh, that’s way too difficult!!’
- “They will never make it to the top.”
- “There’s no chance they’ll succeed. The tower is too high!”
One by one, the tiny frogs collapsed and fell off the tower. Still, there was a group of determined frogs that climbed higher and higher. But the crowd continued to yell, “It’s too difficult!!! No one will make it!”
Discouraged and convinced by the negative cries, more of these tiny frogs collapsed and fell off the tower. Many frogs who were still climbing complained of the pain and eventually gave up. Some frogs, tired and battered, heard their peers’ complaints and subsequently threw in the towel too.
In the midst of this, ONE tiny frog persisted. He climbed. And he climbed. And he climbed. This tiny frog seemed to have super-frog strength that allowed him to push forward in spite of others failing. Why, though? Why is he able to climb so far when others are failing?? the crowd wondered.
By now, all the tiny frogs had either collapsed or given up — except for that one tiny frog. The crowd continued to yell, now at the tiny frog:
- “This is too difficult!!’
- “You will never make it to the top!!”
- “You better give up now while you can!!!”
But for some reason that tiny frog climbed further, seemingly undaunted and unaffected. Finally, he reached the top of the hill. He had reached his destination!
All the tiny frogs were amazed how this one frog was able to make it to the top. They crowded around him wanting to know his secret.
As it turned out, he was deaf.
Trust yourself. Surround yourself with people who support your dreams and believe in your ability to achieve them – people who lift you up. And turn down the volume to negativity. Avoid those who bring you down, drain you of energy, and discourage you from believing in yourself. All is possible through hard work, passion, persistence and purpose. Know it. #authenticitywins
* Special thanks to this website for sharing this gem of a story.