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The Story of the Three Little Pigs

THERE was an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough to keep them, she sent them out to seek their fortune. The first that went off met a man with a bundle of straw, and said to him:

‘Please, man, give me that straw to build a house.’

Which the man did, and the little pig built a house with it. Presently came along a wolf, and knocked at the door, and said:

‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in.’ To which the pig answered:

‘No, no, by the hair of my chiny chin chin.’ The wolf then answered to that:

‘Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.’

So he huffed, and he puffed, and he blew his house in, and ate up the little pig.

The second little pig met a man with a bundle of furze and said:

‘Please, man, give me that furze to build a house.’

Which the man did, and the pig built his house. Then along came the wolf, and said:

‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in.’

‘No, no, by the hair of my chiny chin chin.’

“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.’

So he huffed, and he puffed, and he puffed, and he huffed, and at last he blew the house down, and he ate up the little pig.

The third little pig met a man with a load of bricks, and said:

‘Please, man, give me those bricks to build a house with.’

So the man gave him the bricks, and he built his house with them. So the wolf came, as he did to the other little pigs, and said:

‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in.’

‘No, no, by the hair of my chiny chin chin.’

‘Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.’

Well, he huffed, and he puffed, and he huffed and he puffed, and he puffed and huffed; but he could not get the house down. When he found that he could not, with all his huffing and puffing, blow the house down, he said:

‘Little pig, I know where there is a nice field of turnips.’

‘Where?’ said the little pig.

‘Oh, in Mr Smith’s Home-field, and if you will be ready tomorrow morning I will call for you, and we will go together, and get some for dinner.’

‘Very well,’ said the little pig, ‘I will be ready. What time do you mean to go?’

‘Oh, at six o’clock.’

Well, the little pig got up at five, and got the turnips before the wolf came (which he did about six), who said:

‘Little pig, are you ready?’

The little pig said: ‘Ready! I have been and come back again, and got a nice potful for dinner.’

The wolf felt very angry at this, but thought that he would be up to the little pig somehow or other, so he said:

‘Little pig, I know where there is a nice apple tree.’

‘Where?’ said the pig.

‘Down at Merry-garden,’ replied the wolf, ‘and if you will not deceive me I will come for you at five o’clock tomorrow. and get some apples.’

Well, the little pig bustled up the next morning at four o’clock, and went off for the apples, hoping to get back before the wolf came; but he had further to go, and had to climb the tree, so that just as he was coming down from it, he saw the wolf coming, which, as you may suppose, frightened him very much. When the wolf came up he said:

‘Little pig, what! are you here before me? Are they nice apples?’

‘Yes, very,’ said the little pig. ‘I will throw you down one.’

And he threw it so far, that, while the wolf was gone to pick it up, the little pig jumped down and ran home. The next day the wolf came again, and said to the little pig:

‘Little pig, there is a fair at Shanklin this afternoon, will you go?’

‘Oh yes,’ said the pig, ‘I will go; what time shall you be ready?’

‘At three,’ said the wolf. So the little pig went off before the time as usual, and got to the fair, and bought a butter-churn, which he was going home with, when he saw the wolf coming. Then he could not tell what to do. So he got into the churn to hide, and by so doing turned it round, and it rolled down the hill with the pig in it, which frightened the wolf so much, that he ran home without going to the fair. He went to the little pig’s house, and told him how frightened he had been by a great round thing which came down the hill past him. Then the little pig said:

‘Hah, I frightened you, then. I had been to the fair and bought a butter-churn, and when I saw you, I got into it, and rolled down the hill.’

Then the wolf was very angry indeed, and declared he would eat up the little pig, and that he would get down the chimney after him. When the little pig saw what he was about, he hung on the pot full of water, and made up a blazing fire, and, just as the wolf was coming down, took off the cover, and in fell the wolf; so the little pig put on the cover again in an instant, boiled him up, and ate him for supper, and lived happy ever afterwards.

The Ugly Duckling

IT was lovely summer weather in the country, and the golden corn, the green oats, and the haystacks piled up in the meadows looked beautiful. The stork walking about on his long red legs chattered in the Egyptian language, which he had learnt from his mother. The corn-fields and meadows were surrounded by large forests, in the midst of which were deep pools. It was, indeed, delightful to walk about in the country. In a sunny spot stood a pleasant old farm-house close by a deep river, and from the house down to the water side grew great burdock leaves, so high, that under the tallest of them a little child could stand upright. The spot was as wild as the centre of a thick wood. In this snug retreat sat a duck on her nest, watching for her young brood to hatch; she was beginning to get tired of her task, for the little ones were a long time coming out of their shells, and she seldom had any visitors. The other ducks liked much better to swim about in the river than to climb the slippery banks, and sit under a burdock leaf, to have a gossip with her. At length one shell cracked, and then another, and from each egg came a living creature that lifted its head and cried, ?Peep, peep.? ?Quack, quack,? said the mother, and then they all quacked as well as they could, and looked about them on every side at the large green leaves. Their mother allowed them to look as much as they liked, because green is good for the eyes. ?How large the world is,? said the young ducks, when they found how much more room they now had than while they were inside the egg-shell. ?Do you imagine this is the whole world?? asked the mother; ?Wait till you have seen the garden; it stretches far beyond that to the parson?s field, but I have never ventured to such a distance. Are you all out?? she continued, rising; ?No, I declare, the largest egg lies there still. I wonder how long this is to last, I am quite tired of it;? and she seated herself again on the nest.

?Well, how are you getting on?? asked an old duck, who paid her a visit.

?One egg is not hatched yet,? said the duck, ?it will not break. But just look at all the others, are they not the prettiest little ducklings you ever saw? They are the image of their father, who is so unkind, he never comes to see.?

?Let me see the egg that will not break,? said the duck; ?I have no doubt it is a turkey?s egg. I was persuaded to hatch some once, and after all my care and trouble with the young ones, they were afraid of the water. I quacked and clucked, but all to no purpose. I could not get them to venture in. Let me look at the egg. Yes, that is a turkey?s egg; take my advice, leave it where it is and teach the other children to swim.?

?I think I will sit on it a little while longer,? said the duck; ?as I have sat so long already, a few days will be nothing.?

?Please yourself,? said the old duck, and she went away.

At last the large egg broke, and a young one crept forth crying, ?Peep, peep.? It was very large and ugly. The duck stared at it and exclaimed, ?It is very large and not at all like the others. I wonder if it really is a turkey. We shall soon find it out, however when we go to the water. It must go in, if I have to push it myself.?

On the next day the weather was delightful, and the sun shone brightly on the green burdock leaves, so the mother duck took her young brood down to the water, and jumped in with a splash. ?Quack, quack,? cried she, and one after another the little ducklings jumped in. The water closed over their heads, but they came up again in an instant, and swam about quite prettily with their legs paddling under them as easily as possible, and the ugly duckling was also in the water swimming with them.

?Oh,? said the mother, ?that is not a turkey; how well he uses his legs, and how upright he holds himself! He is my own child, and he is not so very ugly after all if you look at him properly. Quack, quack! come with me now, I will take you into grand society, and introduce you to the farmyard, but you must keep close to me or you may be trodden upon; and, above all, beware of the cat.?

When they reached the farmyard, there was a great disturbance, two families were fighting for an eel?s head, which, after all, was carried off by the cat. ?See, children, that is the way of the world,? said the mother duck, whetting her beak, for she would have liked the eel?s head herself. ?Come, now, use your legs, and let me see how well you can behave. You must bow your heads prettily to that old duck yonder; she is the highest born of them all, and has Spanish blood, therefore, she is well off. Don?t you see she has a red flag tied to her leg, which is something very grand, and a great honor for a duck; it shows that every one is anxious not to lose her, as she can be recognized both by man and beast. Come, now, don?t turn your toes, a well-bred duckling spreads his feet wide apart, just like his father and mother, in this way; now bend your neck, and say ?quack.??

The ducklings did as they were bid, but the other duck stared, and said, ?Look, here comes another brood, as if there were not enough of us already! and what a queer looking object one of them is; we don?t want him here,? and then one flew out and bit him in the neck.

?Let him alone,? said the mother; ?he is not doing any harm.?

?Yes, but he is so big and ugly,? said the spiteful duck ?and therefore he must be turned out.?

?The others are very pretty children,? said the old duck, with the rag on her leg, ?all but that one; I wish his mother could improve him a little.?

?That is impossible, your grace,? replied the mother; ?he is not pretty; but he has a very good disposition, and swims as well or even better than the others. I think he will grow up pretty, and perhaps be smaller; he has remained too long in the egg, and therefore his figure is not properly formed;? and then she stroked his neck and smoothed the feathers, saying, ?It is a drake, and therefore not of so much consequence. I think he will grow up strong, and able to take care of himself.?

?The other ducklings are graceful enough,? said the old duck. ?Now make yourself at home, and if you can find an eel?s head, you can bring it to me.?

And so they made themselves comfortable; but the poor duckling, who had crept out of his shell last of all, and looked so ugly, was bitten and pushed and made fun of, not only by the ducks, but by all the poultry. ?He is too big,? they all said, and the turkey cock, who had been born into the world with spurs, and fancied himself really an emperor, puffed himself out like a vessel in full sail, and flew at the duckling, and became quite red in the head with passion, so that the poor little thing did not know where to go, and was quite miserable because he was so ugly and laughed at by the whole farmyard. So it went on from day to day till it got worse and worse. The poor duckling was driven about by every one; even his brothers and sisters were unkind to him, and would say, ?Ah, you ugly creature, I wish the cat would get you,? and his mother said she wished he had never been born. The ducks pecked him, the chickens beat him, and the girl who fed the poultry kicked him with her feet. So at last he ran away, frightening the little birds in the hedge as he flew over the palings.

?They are afraid of me because I am ugly,? he said. So he closed his eyes, and flew still farther, until he came out on a large moor, inhabited by wild ducks. Here he remained the whole night, feeling very tired and sorrowful.

In the morning, when the wild ducks rose in the air, they stared at their new comrade. ?What sort of a duck are you?? they all said, coming round him.

He bowed to them, and was as polite as he could be, but he did not reply to their question. ?You are exceedingly ugly,? said the wild ducks, ?but that will not matter if you do not want to marry one of our family.?

Poor thing! he had no thoughts of marriage; all he wanted was permission to lie among the rushes, and drink some of the water on the moor. After he had been on the moor two days, there came two wild geese, or rather goslings, for they had not been out of the egg long, and were very saucy. ?Listen, friend,? said one of them to the duckling, ?you are so ugly, that we like you very well. Will you go with us, and become a bird of passage? Not far from here is another moor, in which there are some pretty wild geese, all unmarried. It is a chance for you to get a wife; you may be lucky, ugly as you are.?

?Pop, pop,? sounded in the air, and the two wild geese fell dead among the rushes, and the water was tinged with blood. ?Pop, pop,? echoed far and wide in the distance, and whole flocks of wild geese rose up from the rushes. The sound continued from every direction, for the sportsmen surrounded the moor, and some were even seated on branches of trees, overlooking the rushes. The blue smoke from the guns rose like clouds over the dark trees, and as it floated away across the water, a number of sporting dogs bounded in among the rushes, which bent beneath them wherever they went. How they terrified the poor duckling! He turned away his head to hide it under his wing, and at the same moment a large terrible dog passed quite near him. His jaws were open, his tongue hung from his mouth, and his eyes glared fearfully. He thrust his nose close to the duckling, showing his sharp teeth, and then, ?splash, splash,? he went into the water without touching him, ?Oh,? sighed the duckling, ?how thankful I am for being so ugly; even a dog will not bite me.? And so he lay quite still, while the shot rattled through the rushes, and gun after gun was fired over him. It was late in the day before all became quiet, but even then the poor young thing did not dare to move. He waited quietly for several hours, and then, after looking carefully around him, hastened away from the moor as fast as he could. He ran over field and meadow till a storm arose, and he could hardly struggle against it. Towards evening, he reached a poor little cottage that seemed ready to fall, and only remained standing because it could not decide on which side to fall first. The storm continued so violent, that the duckling could go no farther; he sat down by the cottage, and then he noticed that the door was not quite closed in consequence of one of the hinges having given way. There was therefore a narrow opening near the bottom large enough for him to slip through, which he did very quietly, and got a shelter for the night. A woman, a tom cat, and a hen lived in this cottage. The tom cat, whom the mistress called, ?My little son,? was a great favorite; he could raise his back, and purr, and could even throw out sparks from his fur if it were stroked the wrong way. The hen had very short legs, so she was called ?Chickie short legs.? She laid good eggs, and her mistress loved her as if she had been her own child. In the morning, the strange visitor was discovered, and the tom cat began to purr, and the hen to cluck.

?What is that noise about?? said the old woman, looking round the room, but her sight was not very good; therefore, when she saw the duckling she thought it must be a fat duck, that had strayed from home. ?Oh what a prize!? she exclaimed, ?I hope it is not a drake, for then I shall have some duck?s eggs. I must wait and see.? So the duckling was allowed to remain on trial for three weeks, but there were no eggs. Now the tom cat was the master of the house, and the hen was mistress, and they always said, ?We and the world,? for they believed themselves to be half the world, and the better half too. The duckling thought that others might hold a different opinion on the subject, but the hen would not listen to such doubts. ?Can you lay eggs?? she asked. ?No.? ?Then have the goodness to hold your tongue.? ?Can you raise your back, or purr, or throw out sparks?? said the tom cat. ?No.? ?Then you have no right to express an opinion when sensible people are speaking.? So the duckling sat in a corner, feeling very low spirited, till the sunshine and the fresh air came into the room through the open door, and then he began to feel such a great longing for a swim on the water, that he could not help telling the hen.

?What an absurd idea,? said the hen. ?You have nothing else to do, therefore you have foolish fancies. If you could purr or lay eggs, they would pass away.?

?But it is so delightful to swim about on the water,? said the duckling, ?and so refreshing to feel it close over your head, while you dive down to the bottom.?

?Delightful, indeed!? said the hen, ?why you must be crazy! Ask the cat, he is the cleverest animal I know, ask him how he would like to swim about on the water, or to dive under it, for I will not speak of my own opinion; ask our mistress, the old woman?there is no one in the world more clever than she is. Do you think she would like to swim, or to let the water close over her head??

?You don?t understand me,? said the duckling.

?We don?t understand you? Who can understand you, I wonder? Do you consider yourself more clever than the cat, or the old woman? I will say nothing of myself. Don?t imagine such nonsense, child, and thank your good fortune that you have been received here. Are you not in a warm room, and in society from which you may learn something. But you are a chatterer, and your company is not very agreeable. Believe me, I speak only for your own good. I may tell you unpleasant truths, but that is a proof of my friendship. I advise you, therefore, to lay eggs, and learn to purr as quickly as possible.?

?I believe I must go out into the world again,? said the duckling.

?Yes, do,? said the hen. So the duckling left the cottage, and soon found water on which it could swim and dive, but was avoided by all other animals, because of its ugly appearance. Autumn came, and the leaves in the forest turned to orange and gold. then, as winter approached, the wind caught them as they fell and whirled them in the cold air. The clouds, heavy with hail and snow-flakes, hung low in the sky, and the raven stood on the ferns crying, ?Croak, croak.? It made one shiver with cold to look at him. All this was very sad for the poor little duckling. One evening, just as the sun set amid radiant clouds, there came a large flock of beautiful birds out of the bushes. The duckling had never seen any like them before. They were swans, and they curved their graceful necks, while their soft plumage shown with dazzling whiteness. They uttered a singular cry, as they spread their glorious wings and flew away from those cold regions to warmer countries across the sea. As they mounted higher and higher in the air, the ugly little duckling felt quite a strange sensation as he watched them. He whirled himself in the water like a wheel, stretched out his neck towards them, and uttered a cry so strange that it frightened himself. Could he ever forget those beautiful, happy birds; and when at last they were out of his sight, he dived under the water, and rose again almost beside himself with excitement. He knew not the names of these birds, nor where they had flown, but he felt towards them as he had never felt for any other bird in the world. He was not envious of these beautiful creatures, but wished to be as lovely as they. Poor ugly creature, how gladly he would have lived even with the ducks had they only given him encouragement. The winter grew colder and colder; he was obliged to swim about on the water to keep it from freezing, but every night the space on which he swam became smaller and smaller. At length it froze so hard that the ice in the water crackled as he moved, and the duckling had to paddle with his legs as well as he could, to keep the space from closing up. He became exhausted at last, and lay still and helpless, frozen fast in the ice.

Early in the morning, a peasant, who was passing by, saw what had happened. He broke the ice in pieces with his wooden shoe, and carried the duckling home to his wife. The warmth revived the poor little creature; but when the children wanted to play with him, the duckling thought they would do him some harm; so he started up in terror, fluttered into the milk-pan, and splashed the milk about the room. Then the woman clapped her hands, which frightened him still more. He flew first into the butter-cask, then into the meal-tub, and out again. What a condition he was in! The woman screamed, and struck at him with the tongs; the children laughed and screamed, and tumbled over each other, in their efforts to catch him; but luckily he escaped. The door stood open; the poor creature could just manage to slip out among the bushes, and lie down quite exhausted in the newly fallen snow.

It would be very sad, were I to relate all the misery and privations which the poor little duckling endured during the hard winter; but when it had passed, he found himself lying one morning in a moor, amongst the rushes. He felt the warm sun shining, and heard the lark singing, and saw that all around was beautiful spring. Then the young bird felt that his wings were strong, as he flapped them against his sides, and rose high into the air. They bore him onwards, until he found himself in a large garden, before he well knew how it had happened. The apple-trees were in full blossom, and the fragrant elders bent their long green branches down to the stream which wound round a smooth lawn. Everything looked beautiful, in the freshness of early spring. From a thicket close by came three beautiful white swans, rustling their feathers, and swimming lightly over the smooth water. The duckling remembered the lovely birds, and felt more strangely unhappy than ever.

?I will fly to those royal birds,? he exclaimed, ?and they will kill me, because I am so ugly, and dare to approach them; but it does not matter: better be killed by them than pecked by the ducks, beaten by the hens, pushed about by the maiden who feeds the poultry, or starved with hunger in the winter.?

Then he flew to the water, and swam towards the beautiful swans. The moment they espied the stranger, they rushed to meet him with outstretched wings.

?Kill me,? said the poor bird; and he bent his head down to the surface of the water, and awaited death.

But what did he see in the clear stream below? His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan. To be born in a duck?s nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan?s egg. He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him; for the great swans swam round the new-comer, and stroked his neck with their beaks, as a welcome.

Into the garden presently came some little children, and threw bread and cake into the water.

?See,? cried the youngest, ?there is a new one;? and the rest were delighted, and ran to their father and mother, dancing and clapping their hands, and shouting joyously, ?There is another swan come; a new one has arrived.?

Then they threw more bread and cake into the water, and said, ?The new one is the most beautiful of all; he is so young and pretty.? And the old swans bowed their heads before him.

Then he felt quite ashamed, and hid his head under his wing; for he did not know what to do, he was so happy, and yet not at all proud. He had been persecuted and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say he was the most beautiful of all the birds. Even the elder-tree bent down its bows into the water before him, and the sun shone warm and bright. Then he rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart, ?I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling.?

The Tortoise and the Hare

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Once upon a time there was a hare who, boasting how he could run faster than anyone else, was forever teasing tortoise for its slowness. Then one day, the irate tortoise answered back: “Who do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re swift, but even you can be beaten!” The hare squealed with laughter.
“Beaten in a race? By whom? Not you, surely! I bet there’s nobody in the world that can win against me, I’m so speedy. Now, why don’t you try?”
Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge. A course was planned, and the next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the meek tortoise trudged slowly off. When the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was, he decided, half asleep on his feet, to have a quick nap. “Take your time!” he said. “I’ll have forty winks and catch up with you in a minute.”
The hare woke with a start from a fitful sleep and gazed round, looking for the tortoise. But the creature was only a short distance away, having barely covered a third of the course. Breathing a sigh of relief, the hare decided he might as well have breakfast too, and off he went to munch some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field. But the heavy meal and the hot sun made his eyelids droop. With a careless glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the course, he decided to have another snooze before flashing past the winning post. And smiling at the thought of the look on the tortoise’s face when it saw the hare speed by, he fell fast asleep and was soon snoring happily. The sun started to sink, below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish. At that very point, the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he dashed. He leapt and bounded at a great rate, his tongue lolling, and gasping for breath. Just a little more and he’d be first at the finish. But the hare’s last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the winning post. Poor hare! Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.
“Slowly does it every time!” he said

suksesSiapa yang tidak ingin sukses ? Kelihatannya aneh menanyakan hal tersebut. Tetapi hampir sebagian besar orang yang Anda kenal tidak pernah meraih kesuksesan. Mereka hanya memimpikannya dan membicarakannya, tetapi tidak menjalankannya. Itu yang sangat disayangkan. Mengapa ? Karena sebagian besar orang tidak memahami sukses. Sukses bukanlah hasil keberuntungan, bukan juga sesuatu yang Anda peroleh di waktu-waktu keajaiban di dalam hidup anda. Sukses bukanlah tujuan melainkan gaya hidup. Satu-satunya cara untuk meraih sukses sejati adalah dengan melakukannya setiap hari.

Yang perlu Anda ketahui untuk menjadi sukses yaitu Anda adalah apa yang
Anda lakukan sehari-hari, mula-mula Anda membentuk kebiasaan kemudian
kebiasaan itu membentuk Anda, membentuk kebiasaan sukses adalah semudah membangun kebiasaan gagal. Setiap hari Anda hidup, Anda sedang dalam proses menjadi sesuatu. Menjadi sesuatu yang yang lebih baik atau lebih buruk semuanya bergantung kepada apa yang Anda berikan untuk diri Anda sendiri.

Banyak orang sebelum Anda mencari kesuksesan dan tidak pernah

menemukannya. Mereka membayangkannya seperti mencari kitab kuno atau mata air awet muda, sesuatu yang perlu diperoleh pada akhir petualangan yang panjang. Ada yang percaya bahwa sukses adalah seperti hubungan yang perlu dimenangkan. Sementara yang lainnya menganggapnya sebagai jabatan untuk diraih atau benda untuk dimiliki. Tetapi sukses bukanlah itu semua. Sukses bukan tujuan untuk dicapai. Sukses adalah proses perjalanan untuk dilalui. Dan Anda sedang melaluinya setiap hari.

Perlu waktu yang lama bagi kebanyakan orang untuk mengetahui apa maksud Tuhan menciptakan mereka. Jika Anda mau, Anda dapat menjelajahi hal-hal di dalam dunia dan belajar lebih banyak mengenai tujuan hidup Anda setiap hari. Anda dapat terlibat di dalam kegiatan-kegiatan yang
menolong pikiran, tubuh, dan batin Anda lebih bertumbuh. Dan Anda dapat
menunjukkan dalam tindakan besar atau kecil yang menolong orang lain.

Sukses adalah mengetahui tujuan hidup Anda, menabur benih yang menolong orang lain, dan bertumbuh menuju potensi maksimum Anda. Pintu menuju pembebasan potensi Anda sedang menuju Anda. Kuncinya ada di perjalanan Anda. Temukan segera kunci itu. Jika Anda melakukannya, maka Anda sedang sukses hari ini. Andapun akan sukses esok hari.

Bagaimana meng-eja SUKSES ?
S = Seleksi tujuan anda
U = Urutkan prioritas dan potensi Anda
K = Komitmen pada rencana anda
S = Siapkan perjalanan Anda
E = Ekspresikan visi dalam tindakan
S = Serahkan hasilnya pada Tuhan

Berikut ini adalah tujuh langkah sukses yang dapat Anda lakukan untuk
mencapai kesuksesan Anda :

1. Buatlah komitmen untuk bertumbuh setiap hari.
Satu dari kekeliruan terbesar yang orang buat adalah memiliki fokus yang
salah. Sukses bukan datang dari membeli, meraih, atau memperoleh
sesuatu. Sukses datang sebagai hasil dari pertumbuhan. Jika Anda membuat
sasaran untuk bertumbuh sedikit setiap hari, maka tak lama kemudian Anda
akan mulai melihat hasil positif di dalam kehidupan Anda. Seperti
ungkapan penulis puisi Robert Browning, “Untuk apa hidup di dunia kalau
bukan untuk bertumbuh ?”

2. Hargai proses lebih dari peristiwa yang terjadi.
Peristiwa dalam suatu kurun waktu tertentu memang baik untuk diambil
sebagai sumber pengambilan keputusan, tetapi proses perubahan dan
pertumbuhan memiliki nilai yang kekal. Jika Anda ingin naik ke tingkat
kehidupan selanjutnya, bertekadlah untuk terus menerus memperbaiki diri
Anda.

3. Jangan menunggu inspirasi.
Pemain bola basket yang terkenal, Jerry West berkata, “Anda tidak
melakukan banyak hal di hidup Nada, jika Anda hanya bekerja di hari-hari
yang Anda rasakan baik”. Orang-orang menjadi besar karena mereka
memotivasi diri dan memberikan yang terbaik dari hidup mereka, tanpa
menghiraukan apa yang mereka rasakan. Untuk menjadi sukses, berjuanglah.

4. Bersedia mengorbankan kesenangan demi kesempatan.
Satu dari pelajaran-pelajaran terbesar adalah prinsip : bayar sekarang,
bersenang-senang kemudian. Dalam hidup ini, Anda harus membayar untuk
segala hal. Bedanya hanyalah Anda membayar di muka atau di belakang.
Jika Anda membayar sekarang, Anda akan mendapatkan imbalan yang lebih
besar di kemudian hari dan imbalan itu juga terasa lebih manis.

5. memiliki impian besar.
Memang tidak perlu membayar apa-apa untuk memimpikan hal-hal yang kecil.
Robert J. Kriegel dan Louis Patler, penulis buku If It Ain’t Broke,
Break It, mengungkapkan, “Kita tidak memiliki acuan pasti mengenai
sejauh mana keterbatasan manusia itu. Semua tes, stopwatch, dan garis
finish tidak dapat mengukur potensi manusia. Ketika seseorang mengejar
impiannya, mereka jauh melampaui apa yang kelihatannya menjadi
keterbatasan mereka. Potensi yang ada di dalam kita tidak terbatas dan
masih banyak yang belum dijelajahi. Saat mana Anda memikirkan
keterbatasan, Anda sedang menciptakannya” .

6. Urutkan prioritas.
Satu kesamaan yang dimiliki semua orang sukses adalah mereka menguasai
kemampuan mengorganisasi manajemen waktu. Yang pertama dan paling utama, mereka telah mengorganisasi diri mereka. Henry Kaiser, pendiri Kaiser Aluminium dan Kaiser Permanente Health Care, berkata, “Setiap menit yang diinvestasikan ke dalam perencanaan akan menghemat dua menit waktu pelaksanaan” . Anda tidak akan pernah memperoleh kembali waktu yang hilang, jadi optimalkan setiap waktu yang ada.

7. Berkorban untuk memperoleh peningkatan.
Tidak ada sesuatu yang berharga diperoleh tanpa pengorbanan. Hidup
dipenuhi dengan kejadian-kejadian kritis ketika Anda akan mendapat
kesempatan untuk menukarkan milik Anda yang berharga dengan yang
lainnya. Tetap buka mata untuk kejadian-kejadian seperti itu dan selalu
pastikan Anda sedang naik bukan turun.

Jika Anda mendedikasikan diri Anda melalui tujuh langkah di atas, Anda
akan tetap meningkatkan diri Anda dan Anda akan sukses. Pertumbuhan
mungkin tidak sepesat seperti yang lainnya, tetapi Anda akan melihat
kemajuan Anda sendiri hampir dalam seketika. Dan meskipun pengakuan
dari orang lain berlangsung dengan lambat, jangan putus asa. Tetap
lakukan. Pada akhirnya, Anda akan sukses. [John C. Maxwell]

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