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You don't know your own power until you use it

You don't know your own power until you use it

Good morning from somewhere over the Atlantic, where I have three hours left in this 15 hour flight home from Cape Town. I spent the past week in South Africa giving a few speeches, and in between, got to spend two days at a beautiful lodge in Kruger National Park, where I went on three different game drives and saw amazing animals in their natural environment. I posted tons of photos and videos on my 
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One of the many lessons the game drive guides taught us was about the elephants. See, elephants don't know that they're three to five tons of raw power. They don't know they can overturn cars. They don't know they can squash a lion into lion juice. They don't even know that they can knock down trees just by running into them. They don't know any of that. They have no idea how strong they are.

Until the first time they do.

In other words, elephants aren't given a lesson in how strong they are by other elephants. Their parents teach them lots of things - how to eat, how to stay in their herd, but not how strong they are. They need to find that out themselves. And once they do, well, you don't want to be in between an elephant and the tree at which he's charging.

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Same thing is true with us. We don't know how strong we are until we're called on to be that strong. We don't know our power until we stand up to a bully, until we stop caring what others think of us, until we demand better service, until we raise our prices, until we stop allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of.

Until we discover the power we've always had inside of us, we'll never know it's there.

Like the elephant, you truly have no idea how strong you are.

Maybe it's time to find out.



PS: I visited an elephant orphanage while I was in South Africa. They take in elephants who have either been injured, or abandoned by their herd for one reason or another. They're an amazing organization, that runs entirely on donations and grants. If you feel like doing something nice, why not drop them a few bucks or adopt an elephant?

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