Your Greatest Weakness Lies in Giving Up

One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up. It just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over to help him. They each grabbed a shovel and begin to shovel dirt into the well. At first the donkey realised what was happening and cried mournfully. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that fell on his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Before long, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and tottered off!

Moral: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The solution lies in not getting too bogged down. We can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping and never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

People spend most of their time searching for secrets to success. They search everywhere from the internet, books, listening to motivational talks and attending seminars and workshops, seeking the secret. When they don`t find it, they stop searching. Personal development books are borrowed with the hope that the secret is hidden within the pages. But most people rarely finish reading the books they borrow. They stop reading within the first or second chapters and return the books to the owners. Not finishing everything they start and making permanent decisions based on temporary defeats, eventually becomes a habit. They fail to learn from the wise that “every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent benefit”. Temporary defeat does not mean you`re a permanent failure.

You may have convinced yourself that your lack of skills and education is the reason you haven’t experienced any success in your life. And that’s where you are wrong! Your lack of knowledge on how you can develop the skills is the reason for not experiencing any progress in both your life and career. The only thing you have learned so far is to make excuses and blame your current circumstances and people for your failures. You have failed to take full responsibility for your life. This is what`s stopping you from growing, developing yourself and reaching your full potential. You always throw in the towel on the brink of your major breakthrough. Don`t you know that it`s always darkest before dawn?

We should all strive to be like children. I`ve watched my one-year old son as he grows and have discovered that children are born with a positive mental attitude. They learn fast and they do it by observation. They look, pay attention and do. If you teach them to say a new word, they watch your lips and how you move them. Then they attempt to do the same thing until they master it. I taught my son how to say and pronounce the word “boy” and now every time he sees me, he calls me “boy”.

I realised that children are optimistic and it`s the parent`s duty to help them maintain their optimism and positive mental attitude as they grow. It is important to support them and be there for them, as it is only then that they will develop successfully to reach their full potential. My son never gives up trying something until he “gets the hang of it”. It`s just a pity I can`t say the same for most adults.

Elbert Hubbard once said, “There is no failure except in no longer trying”. It is a great pity that most of today`s generation tend to give up just before the miracle is about to take place, and when things are on the brink of turning around for them. They think their lack of education and skills is their greatest weakness and that financial problems are the reason for their inability to bring their ideas to fruition. They are controlled by their past failures and what other people will say about them. They find a job and learn to “stick it out”. They say to themselves, “As long we are making an honest living, and have a secure job, we`re fine”. With this train of thought they don’t realise that they have just put themselves in a cage. Start acknowledging that your greatest weakness lies in giving up.

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