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November 21, 2006

A Little Wally Amos Inspiration

I've always believed that anything is possible if you put your mind to it but we are dissuaded from taking action when we doubt ourselves and give too much credence to others' opinions.

One of my favorite motivational speakers, Wally Amos, founder of Famous Amos Cookies, tells a great story about the power of perseverance and the impact of others upon our life..... and death.

A group of frogs was traveling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit.  All the other frogs gathered around the pit.  When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out.  The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit.

The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead.  Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and simply gave up.  He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could.  Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die.  He jumped even harder and finally made it out.  When he got out, the other frogs asked him, "Why did you continue jumping?  Didn't you hear us?"

The frog explained to them that he was deaf.  He thought they were cheering him on.

Which frog are you?


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