This is the story of two frogs. One frog was fat and the other skinny. One day, while searching for food, they inadvertently jumped into a vat of milk. They couldn’t get out, as the sides were far too slippery, so they were just swimming around.
The fat frog said to the skinny frog, “Brother frog, there’s no use paddling any longer. We’re just going to drown, so we might as well give up.”
The skinny frog replied, “Hold on brother, keep paddling. Somebody will get us out.” And they continued paddling for hours.
After a while, the fat frog said, “Brother frog, there’s no use. I’m becoming very tired now. I’m just going to stop paddling and drown. It’s Sunday and nobody’s working. We’re doomed. There’s no possible way out of here.”
But the skinny frog said, “Keep trying. Keep paddling. Something will happen, keep paddling.” Another couple of hours passed.
Finally the fat frog said, “I can’t go on any longer. There’s no sense in doing it because we’re going to drown anyway. What’s the use?” And the fat frog stopped. He gave up- and he drowned in the milk.
But the skinny frog, determined to make it through, paddled faster and faster.
Ten minutes later, the skinny frog felt something solid beneath his feet.
He had churned the milk into butter and he hopped out of the vat.
Monday Morning Perspective
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” –Colin Powell
Sometimes in our business and personal lives we are faced with challenges that appear to be insurmountable. Whether it’s a production requirement that seems impossible to attain, a requirement for promotion that seems allusive, or a challenge in getting your children to perfect the manners you’ve been working so hard to instill- the fact remains that your hard work is never in vain.
Like the skinny frog, when we keep at it- doing the right things even when the progress seems to go unnoticed- we enable the hard work to pay dividends.
After all, there are plenty of people who cry out that it’s “just too hard” and quit. That becomes the true difference between those who succeed and those who fail.
When the progress seems slim, we must just keep working hard. Those who do are the same ones who reap the benefits when the hard works pays off.
The truth about hard work is that few people are willing to do it. Success comes with an easy formula, but it’s the hard work component that is lost on most.
If being successful was easy, everybody could do it. Isn’t it time we acknowledged that success is more than luck? Like Jack Nicholas famously said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get!”
Have a wonderfully “lucky” week!
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