Lessons From The Elephant And The Rope Story

Lessons From The Elephant And The Rope Story


Some of the limitations we have as human are our own making, most times they are the limitations we have made up for our self.

Have you had about the Elephant and the rope story? It’s a great story to tell young kids, and every adult should read it too.

In case you haven’t read it, let me share it with you here…

Here’s the story;

“Once upon a time… as a man was passing some elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.”

End of story.

This is same with human, many of us have been conditioned by sets of beliefs and failures.

In many case we are like those creatures that is tied up by a tiny rope and refuses to flex a little of their muscles, abilities, creativity, or ideas.

Because we have allowed that rope to hold us, just because we want to be a good kid, we don’t want to be criticised, we don’t want to lose our friendships, and we don’t want to fail again, probably the last failure was awful.

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And then, when we see people living extraordinary life, doing great stuffs, we are like, those guys are extraordinary being, they have got the abilities that we don’t have. Or they were born in the right environment, in the right country, in the right economy and at the right time, no these are mostly people who have flexed their muscles.

The truth is, some times we need to flex a bit of our muscles, our abilities, our thinking. Some times we need to question some of our beliefs, this is the only way we can un-tie the rope that is hold us and gain freedom, the freedom we all crave for, but scared to go after.


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