Monday, December 19, 2011

Rising like the Phoenix

My friend,Rohan,send me the following story on how a baby giraffe learns to walk. You may find it relevant to some of the turbulence you would have faced in your life sometimes!

Baby giraffes never go to a business school. But they learn a very important management lesson early in life. A lesson that all of us would do well to remember.

The birth of a baby giraffe is quite an earth-shaking event. The baby falls from its mother’s womb, some eight feet above the ground. It shrivels up and lies still, too weak to move.

The mother giraffe lovingly lowers her neck to kiss the baby giraffe. And then something incredible happens. She lifts her long leg and kicks the baby giraffe, sending it flying up in the air and tumbling down on the ground.

As the baby lies curled up, the mother kicks the baby again and again. Until the baby giraffe, still trembling and tired, pushes its limbs and for the first time learns to stand on its feet. Happy to see the baby standing on its own feet, the mother giraffe comes over and gives it yet another kick. The baby giraffe falls one more time, but now quickly recovers and stands up.

Mama Giraffe is delighted. She knows that her baby has learnt an important lesson:
Never mind how hard you fall, always remember to pick yourself up and get back on your feet.

Why does the mother giraffe do this? She knows that lions and leopards love giraffe meat. So unless the baby giraffe quickly learns to stand and run with the pack – it will have no chance of survival.

Most of us though are not quite as lucky as baby giraffes. No one teaches us to stand up every time we fall. When we fail, when we are down, we just give up.

No one kicks us out of our comfort zone to remind us that to survive and succeed, we need to learn to get back on our feet.

If you study the lives of successful people though, you will see a recurring pattern. Were they always successful in all they did? No.

Did success come to them quick and easy? No, You will find that the common streak running through their lives is their ability to stand up every time they fall. The ability of the baby giraffe!

The road to success is never an easy one. There are several obstacles, and you are bound to fall sooner or later. You will hit a road block, you will taste failure. But success lies in being able to get up every time you fall.May this story inspire you to come out wiser, stronger & shining from every fall.

Thanks to my student, Sangeeta, for pushing me to start posting on my blog.


Sylvia K said...

And my thanks to Sangeeta for giving you a nudge. You and the wisdom you share has been missed. Good for me to hear this as it is a difficult time for my family. My children's father is dying of cancer and not expected to live more than a few weeks. A beautiful reminder. Thank you!


Brian Miller said...

is this for real? wow...what an entry into the world but it does hold several valuable lessons for us...nice...

Roshni said...

Thank you for this wonderful piece of information! Nice to have you back!

nsiyer said...

Hi Sylvia, thanks as always.

My sincere prayers to the Almighty for his recovery even it means a miracle. May the Lord be with you.
Merry Christmas.

nsiyer said...

Hi Brian, its true and it happens this way.

Thanks Roshni for the nice comments.

Sridhar said...

Excellent one. May be a bit late for me now, I should have had such advice during my serving days.

Priya David said...

I am picking up and old thread. Having the right mentors at the right time is critical. Hoping for interception.