Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. ~Albert Einstein [tweet this]
"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks." ~Winston Churchill [tweet this]
An inspiring story from my collections, is the story of a tiny frog who achieved the impossible. Several years ago a friend of mine sent this story in an email and it remained in my collection as one my favorite inspiring stories that teaches the value focus and intensity. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have over the years!
The Story Of The Tiny Frog
There once was a bunch of tiny frogs who got together to arrange a competition to reach to the top of the highest tower in town.
As the date for the competition was announced, the news spread everywhere and crowd in large numbers gathered around the tower to see this interesting competition and cheer on the contestants. The crowd did not really believe any of these little frogs were going to make it to the top of the tower. Yet they were curious…
The competition began, the frogs quickly started to ascend and the crowd cheered!
As a few moments passed, someone from the crowd shouted, "Not a chance that they will succeed! The tower is too high!"
Another spectator said, "Yes, they will never make it to the top. It's way too difficult!"
As the competition continued, some of the tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one… tired… exhausted… But the race continued… as those who still had the fight left, passionately continued to climb higher and higher…
In the excitement and anxiety the crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult. No one will make it!"
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up. They all continued to give up one by one, until there was only ONE little frog left in the competition who continued to climb higher and higher and higher…
This one wouldn’t give up!
This one tiny frog who, after a big effort was the only one who reached the top! This little soul was the winner! He made it! He got the glory!
Naturally, eveyrone wanted to know how this one tiny frog managed to pull it off when every other contestant gave up. Everybody wanted to know how this tiny frog had found the strength to reach this goal that everyone else thought it was impossible. So, they asked questions.
It turned out that the winner was deaf.
The Moral Of The Story
Be deaf when people tell you that you can not fulfill your dreams and goals. [tweet this]
Winners never pay attention to what other people’s opinions are when it comes to their dreams and goals. Focus on your goal and march in confidence. People who are not playing with you, people who are not helping you reach your destination, will always have opinions and generally – a negative one. Do not pay any attention to them.
Recommended Resources On Dealing With Negative
If this story inspired you, you may want to grab these two phenomenal books:
- Kiss That Frog!: 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work
- Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry
Questions For You:
- Have you experienced negativity of other people when you started to do something new?
- Do you see negative opinions of others as an obstacle on the path?
- How do you suggest one can overcome this challenge and move ahead on their chosen path?
Please share your thoughts in the comments section now.