Quote for the Week

“The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rain, and the scorching sun” – NAPOLEAN HILL

Too many of us aspire to be ‘strong’ while at the same time expect to be shielded from the danger of wind and rain, as well as the sun, in the fear that we will not be able to achieve the ‘strength’ we wanted in life. The irony is  life does not work that way. I understand that a lot of the students want to be good, or even the best in what they do, but in order to do it, they have to come to the ‘open’, to brave the wind, rain and sun. They may be hurt, injured or disappointed in the process, but that’s the way to gaining what they want, not hiding under the protective shade of their parents.

I do not know how many of the students will understand this, but for me this theory is the first key to success in life. To students: Fight students, fight. The best soldier is not the one that is never injured or never fought in the war. Smooth seas don’t make skilful sailors. Stop looking for the ‘elixir’. They don’t exist. And what I can do is to encourage you to stand back up everytime you fall. You fall, get hurt, then go forward again. Nature rewards those who fight and never give up.


When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time

*To one particular student: You may have fallen, but stand back up. That’s what make champions. Losers fall, and continue to stay down when the champions struggle to their feet and continue to stride forward.*


~ by youngshoots on May 20, 2009.

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