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Inspiration: The Story Of The Star Fish - Successnaire

Inspiration: The Story Of The Star Fish

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Today I want to share with you a lovely story that teaches us how the smallest acts can make a huge difference. Find inspiration in this often told tale. You may be familiar with it already but this is one of those classics that stands re-reading as it reminds us so effectively of what is really important.

This should inspire you to take incremental steps towards your own goals – the secret of success when it came to the British Cycling team’s astonishing haul of medals at the London 2012 Olympics.  Rather than set huge, daunting targets they simply, as a team, took those small steps each day until they attained their goals.

Do the same and you will find it so much easier to get to your destination, whether that’s in business terms or on a more personal front.  Big goals broken down into incremental steps, and consistent action taken to achieve those steps, lead inexorably to success.

Try it for yourself…and enjoy the story!

Once upon a time there was a old man who used to go to the ocean for peace and quiet, and for inspiration to do his writing. In the morning, he usually walkedon the beach before he began his work. One day as he was walking along theshore, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer, bending, then wading into the waves, arms extended.

It pleased him that someone would dance to the beauty of the day and the rhythm of the waves. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young girl. The girl wasn’t dancing, but instead she was reaching down to the sand, picking up something, and throwing it gently into the ocean.

He called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?”

The girl paused and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.”

“I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”

“The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll be stranded on the beach and die.”

“But don’t you realize that there are thousands of miles of beach and starfish all along the way. You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The girl listened and considered. Then she bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea. She watched a wave lift it high, and then it sank into the life-giving water.

“It made a difference for that one,” she said.

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