When it comes to personal leadership, no story catches how I see this idea best like the story of the two frogs that fell in a pail of milk. For a long time I’ve missed a hidden message in the story. What is that hidden message? First let me quickly share the story. (If you’ve heard the story before, you can skip down)
One day two frogs fell into a half-filled pail of milk. Because the milk levels were low, they couldn’t reach the top of the pail to pull themselves out and because they milk was a little creamy, their legs kept sliding down the insides of the pail. One frog saw that it was impossible to get out so he gave up and ended up drowning in the milk.
The other frog kicked, and he swam in circles until he became tired. He tried to close his eyes just to rest for a few seconds, but he sank to the bottom of the pail where his nostrils filled with milk. He could not breathe.
He used his legs to push off the bottom and kicked with all his might until he came to the surface again. He was so afraid, and he was so tired. He just wanted to rest. But every time, he quit kicking, he sank into the milk again and started to drown.
The frog did not give in to his fear or his tired legs. He kicked and he kicked and he kicked and he kicked.
Then, something strange happened. The milk began to turn thicker around him. At first, this make kicking even harder. The thickened milk tried to suck him to the bottom of the pail. It was harder than even to swim and to kick. But, still the frog would not give up.
Finally, the milk turned thick enough that the frog could stand on top of it instead of sinking in. The milk had been turned into butter through all the kicking and turning and churning of the frog. The frog was able to climb out to safety and to return to his family.
The initial message that we all get is to what? Never Give Up!
That’s what I always saw. But now I have a new perspective.
In life we find ourselves in bad situations that we need to get out of and this story gives you the great message to ‘Never Give Up,’ but what the story actually implies is that you only keep going until you can get out.
What I’ve learned from many of the failings I’ve experienced throughout my short life is that the goal should never be to just “get out”, the goal should be to always move, always keep going, always Push Forward. This should be the goal!
It’s a personal leadership goal! There’s not an external reality to be gotten, it’s an internal reality to be realized.
It says that ‘it doesn’t matter if you are out or in, always #PushForward‘. No matter where you are, the mindset to have is to always get better, be better…in character, skills, knowledge, relationships, work ethic etc. There’s never an I’ve reached moment…#PushForward
I’m not saying to be a blind workaholic because if you are getting better in knowledge you also know that enjoying the fruits of your labor is smart, getting appropriate rest is smart, and celebrating your milestones is smart. But having a mind that believes that it can always grow and get better is smartest! #mentalUPgrade
What do you think?