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A young eagle was about to graduate from his nest, when he saw a large pig running around in the forest below.

“Ooh, that looks yummy,” he said.

“No dear,” his mum said, “you’re not ready to hunt something so big yet.  Start with mice.”

Being a good lad, the young eagle listened to his mum and learned how to hunt mice proficiently.

Then his mind began to wander towards his original goal of catching pigs again.

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A mother camel and her baby were lying around under a tree.

The baby camel asked, “Why do camels have humps?”

The mother camel considered this and said, “We are desert animals so we have the humps to store water so we can survive for a long time without needing to drink.”

The baby camel thought for a moment then said, “OK, why are our legs long and our feet round?”

The mother replied, “They are suited for walking long distances in the desert.”

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A man joined a monastery where the monks were only allowed to speak two words every five years.

At the end of five years they were given an audience and said their two words.

At the end of his first five years, the novice simply said, “Bed hard.”

At the end of the tenth year, he said, “Food bad.”

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Iconic writer, speaker and management guru Tom Peters tells this story in his wonderful new book, The Excellence Dividend:

A man approached J. P. Morgan, held up an envelope, and said, “Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell you for $25,000.”

“Sir,” J. P. Morgan replied, “I do not know what is in the envelope; however, if you show me, and I like it, I give you my word as a gentleman that I will pay you what you ask.”

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One of the books that I’m reading is Tom Morris’s, “The Oasis Within: A Journey of Preparation” and he uses the uncle in the book to tell the following story:

“Let me then tell you about a man who sought treasure his whole life – gold, silver, other precious metals, and jewels, as well as swords made by master craftsmen, ornate knives, and delicate, expensive artifacts like vases and beautiful small statues. He would go out in the world and do whatever it took to acquire such things, then bring them home and store them in an attic room over where he slept, to keep it all safe, and so he could be near his treasure.

“As he brought additional valuables home and put them in the attic, the floorboards would creak and groan loudly with the weight. But he continued to want more, and still more, and he worked hard to get it.”

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Timmy and Tammy loved playing the piano.

They both practiced hard and were getting better and better each week.

One day, their teacher had some exciting news.  There was a concert coming up and they both had the opportunity to play in public for the first time.

Timmy and Tammy looked wide-eyed at each other with a mix of excitement and trepidation.

“What would it be like?” they wondered.

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dont-give-up-too-soonSnowy was a beautiful little pony.

Since the day she was born, she had wanted to be a show jumping pony, just like her mother and every day she would pester her mother to be allowed to jump.

Eventually, Snowy’s mum decided that she was big enough and they went into the jumping arena together for the first time.

Snowy was very excited, but when she saw how big the jumps were, she starting shaking.

“I don’t think that this is a good idea.  I could never jump that high.  I think that we had better leave.” She said.

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you-are-useful-you-areCassie the cassowary lived a lonely life.

She would wander through the forest, eating fallen fruit, while other birds flew among the trees.

“Why can’t you fly?” they would ask.

“Your puny little wings can’t even lift you off the ground!” they would say with derision.

“You’re a disgrace to birds.” they would chirp before they flew away.

Cassie was feeling increasingly isolated and useless, so she decided to leave the forest for good.

As she walked free from the trees, she heard a deep voice from behind.

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bring-light-into-darkFred was having a bad day.

He woke up in a bad mood and wasn’t afraid to show it.

Bill was having a good day until he ran into Fred, then after hearing of Fred’s bad day, Bill started to have a bad day too.

Together, they met the smiling Martha.

She wasn’t smiling at the end of their conversation.

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you-want-to-make-aTom and Dwyer were on one of their regular walks when they came across a pond.

At the time, they were discussing Tom’s efforts to make a bigger impact with his work, when Tom bent down and picked up a small pebble.

He threw it into the water and watched the ripples spread.

“See?” he said to his mentor, “I want to do something that spreads, that influences a lot of people.”

Dwyer smiled, “You’ll need something bigger than that pebble if you really want to make a splash.”

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