An Elephant cannot break a Rope|Story no. 26/101

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was holding them back, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.

As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope. They could easily have done so, but instead they didn’t try to at all. Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape. The trainer replied;

“When they are smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe that they cannot break away. They believe rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

De-briefing of this Story

The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free was because over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.  No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.

This story can be used to share the importance of

1- Removing old beliefs

2- Past does not determine future

3- Unlimited potential

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2 thoughts on “An Elephant cannot break a Rope|Story no. 26/101

  1. Rupak, really it is a nice story. Especially for many women who are tied by the rope of useless rules n traditions due to which either they don’t recognise their potential or they keep quiet bcoz they r not confident about breaking those rules thinking that no one will support them.

    1. Very well said. Women do operate at the full potential just because of some society rules.
      But these days, women are getting past it and achieving great heights, we just hope that it continues in this way.

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