The race began, but no-one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as:“Oh, WAY to difficult!”
“They will never make it to the top”
“Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!”
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one except for those who, in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher. The crowd continue to yell:
“It is too difficult! No one will make it!”
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up, but ONE continued higher and higher and higher. This one wouldn’t give up!
At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!
THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it.
It turned out….
The winner was deaf.
How often have you or I heard this in your life?
“Way to difficult”, “Why would you want to do that”, “People never want to change”, “Your goal is far too high”, “Too young, too old”, “too weak”, “not smart enough”?
Our natural reaction is to be upset; we question what is wrong with us. Some give up. Some persist but only half hearted. Some try to appease the naysayers.
The moral of the Frog story is: Turn a deaf ear!
- Be deaf when people try to put you down
- Be deaf against unconstructive critics
- Be deaf when people tell you, you can’t make it