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There are people who wish for an unlikely paradox to occur in their lives.  They want success, but want it without the inevitable struggle that must take place for success to occur. 

Once a kind man observed a butterfly emerging from its cocoon.  

 He wanted to make it easier for the insect, so he helped to break open the cocoon so that the newly formed butterfly could get out easier. 

Unfortunately, the butterfly’s wings were unable to form properly as they hadn’t gone through the necessary struggle required to give them the strength required for flight.  As a result, the butterfly was unable to survive, despite the man’s kindness. 

If you want to be successful, understand that the struggle of life is a necessity not an inconvenience. 

If you’re a parent, try to resist the temptation to remove all of the obstacles from your children’s lives.  You may be inadvertently weakening their wings, not strengthening them. 

To quote Paulo Coelho, “Fall down 7 times, stand up 8 times.” 

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