by David DeFord
This article is the third in the Lessons from Nature series. If you would like to submit your articles or ideas for this series, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christi Bender has trained horses for over 30 years. In
that time she has earned her share of bumps and
bruises. Most of her bruises came when she tried to
rush the training or force her will on an animal
weighing ten times more than she did.
She learned that when she set aside enough time and
concentrated her efforts on teaching a young horse
only one thing in that time, she gained greater success
and fewer bruises.
Christi has discovered a great truth—true success
cannot be forced nor rushed. We must grow into our
Study the lives of lottery winners and you find that
nearly every person who became a sudden millionaire
through gambling lost it all and more. They lost their
families, their fortunes—everything important. Why?
Because their shortcuts had attracted millions of
dollars but those shortcuts had bypassed the time
necessary for the gamblers to grow into their
Marathon runners take no shortcuts in training for the
big race. They gradually increase their training
distance until they become fully prepared to go the
Authors rarely hit the bestseller list with their first
manuscript. Reaching such heights takes time and
effort. Through their practice and years of labor they
become authors prepared for their successes.
Want a strong family? Become a strong husband and
father or wife and mother.
Want your employer to raise your salary? Become an
employee too valuable for your current pay rate.
Improvement takes time. Whether we are training
horses or ourselves, we must take no shortcuts. We
must become the success we seek.
Don’t pursue success—become it.
Chrisi Bender helps adoptees and birthparents
involved in reunion who are lost in the maze of
emotion find clarity, peace and acceptance.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and
without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
Success doesn't come to you…you go to it. Marva
It takes time to succeed because success is merely
the natural reward of taking time to do anything well.
The road to success is not to be run upon by seven
leagued boots. Step by step, little by little, bit by bit-
that is the way to wealth that is the way to wisdom
that is the way to glory. Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton
Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one;
Helen Keller is the other. Erma Bombeck
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