A father tells his 12-year-old son to go into the back yard and a remove a tree stump. The boy, eager to show his dad how he can master this manly task, runs out and begins pushing on the stump with all his might. After about twenty minutes of huffing and puffing, the stump hasn’t budged.
The boy turns to realize his dad has been outside watching him this whole time. Embarrassed, he tells him, “I’m sorry Dad, I can’t do it.”
His Dad just smiles and says, “Son, give it everything you’ve got!”
Now the boy, more determined than ever, kicks, pulls, takes running starts, and pushes and pushes and pushes until his arms are limp. Collapsing with exhaustion, the boy tells his father, between heavy breaths, “I can’t do it.”
His father looks at him and says, “Give it everything you’ve got!”
The boy picks himself up and decides to give it one last try but after 30 more minutes of grueling, the stump is no more loose than when he started. Now he is entirely spent. He sits on the stump and looks up at his dad. ” I’m sorry Dad. I gave it everything. I really did. It just wasn’t enough.”
The father looks at the son, smiles and says, “You didn’t give it everything you have, son. Because you never once asked me for help.”
Lessons from this story:
- You will be tested more than once in life. Learn to use everything you have and know to resolve your challenges.
- When you want to achieve something give it everything you got, do not just say you did.
- You do not have to do everything on your own.
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