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The Elephant’s Rope

Written by Siddhi Latey (Weloquent)

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.

As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all. Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape. The trainer replied;

“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 only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.

Moral of the story: No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.

Just like the elephant in the story, we too have figurative ropes that keep us from pursuing our temptations, passions, and dreams. We must remind ourselves that our dreams are an important part of who we are, and hence we must untie or break away from the rope that prevents us from exploring ourselves and the outside world. Here are the things that you must endeavour to break free from to realise your dreams:-

Freedom from Fears

Often our irrational fears are what prevent us from achieving our dreams. Inadequate belief in ourselves keeps us from participating in an interesting debate, performing our skills before an audience, expressing our opinions, etc. The fear of being laughed at keeps us from trying new things. Let’s instill self confidence to break away from the flimsy rope of fear that keeps us in our comfort zone, and instead steal the limelight and shine like the stars that we are.

Freedom from the Norm

Not everyone likes to do things the same way, but deviating from the norm can seem scary. This is primarily because we may feel that our unique choices will make us lonely. However, there is beauty in diversity. If every individual were to make the same choices, the world would become a boring place. We enjoy spending time with our friends because some are funny, some are intelligent, some are playful, and some share our interests. Imagining them without their characteristic quirks can become impossible. So, embrace your idiosyncrasies.   

Freedom to Fail

This is perhaps the most essential aspect to achieve our dreams. Regardless of what we try, there must always be room for failure. While it might be an overused phrase, there really is no success without adequate failures. So, don’t be afraid of failing in your passions, just work progressively towards improving yourself.