Sushant Lok Phase - 1
Gurgaon - 122002, India
As a man was passing the 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.
One clichéd realization to this story can be this:
Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.
Other, perhaps more prudent and sensible actualization can be this:
It's awareness, and not clichéd realizations that precedes growth and at a later stage, the success stories. Only if the elephant were aware about his strengths, he would have tried more and would have surpassed probably something larger than a hinged mind-rope.
The potential might be limitless; the quality might be world-class; the base line lies in communicating the brilliance, To Get the Message Across.