Can you break the chains ?

As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.


I saw a trainer near by and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much 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 they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”


I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?



Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

If we have failed once, it doesn’t means we can never do it again. We need to try again & again if we have to success !!


17 Responses to “Can you break the chains ?”

  1. shazia Says:

    tooo good … simple to understand… but have much weight…in this…really good

  2. rishi Says:

    hmmmm…… short story….gud moral…u did it man

  3. Naser Says:

    very simple with very good lesson.

  4. jeetu Says:

    nice one…………

  5. vartika Says:

    nice moral …. easy to understand. ….. pictures could have made it more interesting.

  6. Ramya pannerselvam Says:

    TOOOOOOOO Good,Very short but Have long meaning.

    Failure gives you strength to win…

    Be confident on you so that U can make the failure to fail…

  7. Komal Says:

    WOw cool yar great, short story but nice moral

  8. shruti singhania Says:

    gr88888888888!!!!! is really motivating!!!

  9. tazmeen Says:

    it iz a nice storu with fantastic moral

  10. Amit Sharma Says:

    This is a mind set game….. once we set our mind for a thing which we can not chage but it can be changed if we change our way of thinking..


    The elephant is different from mankind. We are blessed with extra cerebral system to think critically. As such, we should have a paradigm shift according to different stages of our life. When we were young, we could run naked exposing exposing our genitals, but we can’t do that when we are adults. On the foregoing ground, I believe that the human mind can overcome every obstacle in life. We should accept every obstacle as opportunity in our lives. In conclusion, I strongly believe that whatever the human mind can conceive and perceive, we can achieve it. Thanks for reading.

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  15. Jemish Says:

    This Story Teaches us Many Things Like To Success In Life, We have 2 Face Failure.
    Failure Is the !st Step of Success!
    So Keep it up Trying!!!!

  16. tahir Says:

    Great story but good moral

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