A dear friend shared this story with a bunch of my friends today and she said that it is what restored her faith in herself to finally ace her MCATs after giving up several times. Awesome story. Thanks Aditi.
“When circus elephants are young, they tie a rope to their back leg, and wrap it around a heavy stake in the ground. The baby elephant is not strong enough to break free. In time, it learns to be constrained – to not even try. Later, as a fully mature adult, the trainer can hold on to the elephant using a mere rope and attach the other end to any pole or stake, and the elephant believes that it is trapped, even though it has amazing strength and power to break free. It has now been conditioned not to utilize its power and strength.”