Some of the best phrases and stories from "YOU CAN WIN" by Shiv Khera
Success doesn’t mean the absence of failures, it means the attainment of ultimate objectives. It means winning the war not every battle.
You sow a thought, you reap an action.
you sow an action, you reap a habit.
you sow a habit, you reap a character.
you sow a character, you reap a destiny.
It all starts with a thought.
A boy was drowning in a river and he shouted for help. A man passing by jumped in the river and saved the boy’s life. As the man was leaving the boy said “thank you”. The man asked for “what”? The boy replied “for saving my life”. The man looked into the boy’s eyes and said “Son, make sure when you grow up your life was worth saving”. It is better to deserve an honour and not have it than to have it and not deserve it. Dignity is not in possessing but deserving.
Our limited thinking prevents us from progress. There was a fisherman who, every time he caught a big fish, would throw it back to the river, keeping only the smaller ones. A man watching this unusual behaviour asked fisherman why he was doing this? The fisherman replied, “because I have a small frying pan.” Most people never make it in life because they are carrying a small frying pan. That is limited thinking. �There is a big difference between activity and accomplishment. This is well demonstrated by a French scientist named Fabre. He conducted an experiment with processionary caterpillars. These caterpillars instinctively follow the one in front of them. Fabre arranged them in a circle on the rim of a flowerpot; thus the lead caterpillar was behind the last one. Fabre put pine needles(food for caterpillars) in the centre of the flowerpot. The caterpillars kept travelling around in a circle on the pot’s rim. Eventually, after a week of circling around, they dropped dead of exhaustion and starvation of food only inches away from them. We need to learn a lesson from the caterpillars. Just because you are doing something doesn’t mean you are getting anywhere. One must evaluate one’s activity in order to have accomplishment.