Sunday, August 2, 2015

Reaching Out For the Unreachable Fruit

There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go. - Richard Bach

Sometimes our goals may seem like a high-hanging, unreachable fruit. No matter how hard we try, the fruit remains elusive. 

Too often we are tempted to give up. Too often we are willing to compromise and settle for much less than we really deserve. 

Too often we have not even tried.

Too often talent is wasted out of fear. Too often dreams and ideas are smothered before they even start to blossom and produce fruit...

But this is not a way to achieve greatness. This is not a way to achieve anything at all. You can only achieve your full potential when you try and try again. 

A failure remains a failure only when you stop right there and give up. But if you pick yourself up and try again, your failure becomes a stepping stone, an exercise necessary to the mastery of your final goal. You may have to start over and over again, but you will only profit from the lessons you have learned. 

Just remember: "Strength and growth don't come from what you can do. They come from overcoming the things that you once thought you couldn't."  This is a really brilliant quote from Sandy Botkin's mother. I have never met Sandy Botkin, but I know that he is quite successful in his field. With a mother like this, probably no wonder.

You might have to work a bit harder than others, or at least you have the impression that you do. At the end of the road things will begin to make a lot of sense, just keep reaching out for that high-hanging fruit. A day will come and you will be able to touch it.

By Dominique Allmon

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Image: High-Hanging Bananas in Fort Canning Park, Singapore by Dominique Allmon©2015