BE A BETTER SWIMMER THAN A FISH!

There was a man doing research on human behavior once who decided to study the behavior of fish to learn something about the behavior of people. So he obtained a group of fish and bought a large tank for them to swim in. He put the fish in the tank and watched them -day after day, week after week, month after month. What he observed was that the fish did what all fish do. They swam from end to end, utilizing the entire area of the tank.

Well, one day the researcher decided to change the environment of the fish. So, he lured all of the fish to one side, and lowered in a glass partition. This effectively halved the tank into two smaller compartments. He then released the fish. He again observed them- day after day, week after week, and month after month. What he observed was not unusual. You see, the fish went back to doing what they were accustomed to doing. Swimming! But, because they could not see their new limitation, they tried to swim to the other side of the tank, as they had always been able to do. As you might imagine, when they got to the middle, they banged their face into the glass partition. Because fish are not all that smart, they turned around and tried again. But again, they banged their face into that glass partition. Well, fish are not all that dumb. So, they eventually learned that they could only swim to a certain point and then they must turn and swim the other way. In other words, they learned how to swim in a tight circle in half a tank. They adjusted their existence to accommodate their limitations.

After another period of time, the researcher changed the fish's environment again. He removed the glass partition. And again, he watched them- day after day, week after week, and month after month. And what he observed was very interesting. You might consider it very fascinating for a research scientist. You see, the fish continued to swim in a tight circle. Not one of them ever tried to swim to the other side again. They all assumed that since their limitation had been there once, that it would always be there. Therefore, they spent the rest of their lives swimming in half a tank when in reality the whole tank was available.

Very often, that is exactly what people do. We run into limitations, roadblocks, obstacles, and difficulties. Very often, we assume that since the roadblocks are there once that they will always be there. And just like the fish, we find "our comfort zone" and never test the limits again. But the difference between the fish and us is, as humans, we have the ability to remove our glass walls.

With every year of education completed, a glass wall is removed from your life. With everything that you learn about yourself as an individual, that you can use as a strength in obtaining success, a glass wall is removed from your existence. With every time you try, fail, learn, improve, and try again, a glass wall is removed from your existence. The greatest tragedy in life is to swim in half a tank when in reality the whole tank is available!