Once upon a time, there lived a king who was famous for his bravery and valor. Once he had to fight against a huge army with just a few men. The odds were not in his favor and the king lost the battle.
He ran for his life and took shelter in a nearby cave. Soon he started to feel the despair of losing. He lost confidence in himself and decided to never take part in a battle again. He went as far as to think about giving up his kingdom and live in hiding for the rest of his life.
The king was deeply engrossed in his depressing thoughts when an interesting scene caught his attention. He noticed a spider that was tirelessly trying to spin a web across the ceiling of the cave. Every time the spider crawled up, the thread would break and the spider would fall down. The cycle continues but the spider did not give up.
With nothing better to do, the king keenly observed the spider. The spider kept trying, again and again until finally, it succeeded! It was finally able to climb all the way up and complete the web.
The king began to think to himself, “If a tiny spider can face its failure so bravely, then why should I give up my kingdom? I am a mighty king and I am not going to give up so easily!” This thought gave a new strength to the defeated king. He decided that he will not rest until he has defeated his enemies and reclaimed his kingdom.
With a new determination, the king came out of hiding and built himself an army. He attacked the enemies but, alas, his army got defeated again. Although he failed to win the battle, this time he was not about to give up! So he reassembled his brave soldiers and built a stronger, bigger army and attacked again.
The enemy forces have weakened over time and this time their soldiers were no match for the determined king. Finally, the king was successful in settling the battle in favor. He chased the enemies out of his kingdom and regained control.
The king has learned his lesson from the little spider that perseverance paves the way to success. He knew now that failure can never take over if the determination to succeed is strong enough.
This story teaches an important lesson that our greatest weakness lies in giving up. Talking about determination and perseverance, Thomas Edison said, “The most certain way to succeed in life is always to try just one more time”.
Edison himself followed this advice and now his name is written in gold among the greatest inventors of the world. He was told over and over to give up his dreams because they were unachievable. He didn’t pay heed to such opinions and continued to work towards his goals until he proved everyone wrong!
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
We find a number of such inspiring examples because the secret to success is simple: try, try and try, until you succeed!
A Selection of Trying Quotes
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” ~ Pope Paul VI
“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” ~ Alexander the Great
“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” ~ Dale Carnegie
“Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” ~
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~
“Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.” ~“A bruise is a lesson… and each lesson makes us better.” ~
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