The Flea Training Story


photo courtesy of johngrow.com

photo courtesy of johngrow.com

The Flea Training Story

 as told by Zig Ziglar

Fleas basically do two things… They jump and they ride dogs…  If you want to train a fleas what you gotta do is put a flea in a jar, and if you put a flea in a jar, the flea will jump right out of the jar.  So in order to train the flea, what you do is put a lid on the jar and you watch the flea jump and the flea will jump – clap – clap – clap – clap.  You watch that flea jump and hit it’s head on the inside lid of the jar.  You come back 10 minutes later, the flea is still jumping clap – clap – clap – clap – clap – clap and he is still hitting his head on the inside lid of the jar.  You come back an hour later, the flea is still jumping – clap – clap – clap – clap – clap – clap and he is still hitting his head on the inside lid of the jar.  You come back an hour later, the flea is still jumping  – clap – clap – clap – clap and he is still hitting his head on the inside lid of the jar.  About two hours later at some point, the itty bitty flea even with his itty bitty brain figures out that hitting the inside lid of the jar is not such a good idea and so the flea alter’s it’s jumping pattern.  The flea still jumps nonstop but now its jumping about an inch from the inside lid of the jar.  You’ve trained the flea at this point.  You can virtually take the lid off the jar and watch the flea jump from now until doomsday and guess what?  That flea is never jumping out of the jar.  Folks, that flea has all the power in the world to jump right out of that jar, but it can’t and it won’t and the reason why is because the flea doesn’t know the difference between a real limitation being the lid and a limitation it put on itself.  Most people unfortunately are the same way.  Most people don’t know the difference  between a real limitation and a self imposed limitation – and I’m here to tell you that there are no real limitations.  Oh sure, if you have no legs you got some limitations.  Sure if you didn’t goto Harvard, you have some limitations.  At the end of the day there really are no limitations except what you decide are limitations.  There are no real limitations.  There maybe some challenges, there maybe some things you have to overcome, but there are no real stops in your life.  There are no real limitations in  your life – it’s what you put on yourself.

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