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7/7/2012 10:58:48 PM EST
|Tough Love. A Giraffe Story
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"Baby giraffes never go to school. But they learn a very important lesson rather early in life. A lesson that all of us would do well to remember:
The birth of a baby giraffe is quite an earth- shaking event. The baby falls from its mother’s womb, some eight feet above the ground.
It shrivels up and lies still, too weak to move. The mother giraffe lovingly lowers her neck to smooch the baby giraffe. And then something incredible happens.
She lifts her long leg and kicks the baby giraffe, sending it flying up in the air and tumbling down on the ground. As the baby lies curled up, the mother kicks the baby again and again. Until the baby giraffe, still trembling and tired, pushes its limbs and for the first time learns to stand on its feet.
Happy to see the baby standing on its own feet, the mother giraffe comes over and gives it yet another kick. The baby giraffe falls one more time, but now quickly recovers and stands up. Mama Giraffe is delighted. She knows that her baby has learned an important lesson:
Never mind how hard you fall, always remember to pick yourself up and get back on your feet.
Why does the mother giraffe do this? She knows that lions and leopards love giraffe meat. So unless the baby giraffe quickly learns to stand and run with the pack – it will have no chance of survival.
Most of us though are not quite as lucky as baby giraffes. No one teaches us to stand up every time we fall. When we fail, when we are down, we just give up.
No one kicks us out of our comfort zone to remind us that to survive and succeed, we need to learn to get back on our feet.
If you study the lives of successful people though, you will see a recurring pattern. Were they always successful in all they did? No. Did success come to them quick and easy? No, no! You will find that the common streak running through their lives is their ability to stand up every time they fall. The ability of the baby giraffe!
The road to success is never an easy one. There are several obstacles, and you are bound to fall sooner or later. You will hit a roadblock, you will taste failure. But success lies in being able to get up every time you fall.
That’s a critical life skill. And it’s the habit of all successful people. Learning to win in life is quite like learning to ride a bicycle.
As you start to ride, you might fall and get bruised. It doesn’t matter. You need to get back up and continue to ride. Fall one more time? Get back up again. That’s all it takes. Learn to get back up every time you fall.
And just remember one more thing. Next time you find a friend or a parent kicking you, don’t get upset with them. Like the mother giraffe, they may only be trying to teach you one of life’s most important lessons."
I didn't write this account. It was sent to me in an email from a dear friend. But I just had to share. All of us, whether in personal life or professional, all of us has fallen down at one time or another. I know have, many times. A few of those falls were very painful, and left behind big, purple bruises that took a long time to heal. Have you been there too? I have no doubt you have.
But the amazing thing is we didn't stay down. We learned from the painful kick, and fall, and got back up. And now we're ready to face the next challenge, stronger and more capable than ever before.
So thank you, all my friends, family and business associates who "kicked" me when I needed it. Painful as it may have been, I am a much better person for it. And if you think I have another one coming, bring it on! I'm ready for the pain, the fall, and the good times to follow!
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|Nobody deserves to be kicked Jessica|
|This is an excellent share Jessica...lots of inspiration...Thanks for sharing...only the best to you!|
|Very inspirational PR, Jessica. Thank you. Shared|
|This is a great PR Jessica, thanks for sharing it. I rated & tweeted, continued success.|