The Experiment with 4 Monkeys as Told by Joel Osleen
This story was so well stated that I just had to share with you all here... so, let's begin.
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There’s a large life waiting for you; don’t stay contained. Don’t talk yourself out of it. If you’ll think bigger, you’ll live bigger.
I saw an experiment that was done with 4 monkeys.
They placed them in a room with a large pole in the center. At the top of the pole was a bunch of bananas.
The first monkey hurried up the pole, so excited. Couldn’t wait to get a banana.
But just when he was about to reach for one, a large bucket of cold water was pulled on him.
He scurried down that pole as fast as he could. He didn’t want to have anything to do with those bananas.
After a few minutes, the second monkey went up.
The same thing happened. Poured the cold water on him.
He turned around, ran back.
Over the next hour, the other 2 monkeys went up. But, once again, they were doused with water, came running back down.
Day after day went by. Even though those monkeys loved bananas, they wouldn’t dare go up that pole.
At that point, the researchers removed one monkey and brought a new monkey in.
This new monkey started going up the pole.
When he did, the other 3 monkeys grabbed him, pulled him down, and wouldn’t let him go up.
He tried again and again and again. They wouldn’t let him.
Finally, he gave up, quit trying.
Researchers brought in another monkey, and removed an original one.
Same thing. When he went up, the 3 other monkeys grabbed him.
Eventually, the room was filled with dozens of monkeys. None of them the original.
None of them had felt the dousing of water. But, not one of them would go up that pole.
They didn’t know why; they just knew they couldn’t have those bananas.
Sometimes, we’re like these monkeys.
We don’t know why we can’t do something great, why we can’t accomplish a dream, why we can’t break an addiction.
All we know is nobody in our family has done it, now they’re pulling us down, telling us how we can’t be successful, throwing water on our passion.
Generation after generation being limited, pulled down, because of wrong thinking.
My message today is very simple.
Go get your bananas.
Somebody may have told you, you can’t do it.
Nobody in your family did it; daddy didn’t do it, granddaddy didn’t do it, great-grandaddy didn’t do it, that’s okay.
This is a new day.
You’re the difference maker, rise up and go get what belongs to you.
Quit letting people pull you down.
Your friends, your relatives, your coworkers, they may mean well but He didn’t put the dream in them, He put the dream in you. [I've altered ONE word in this sentence, in order to comply with WA rules.]
Don’t let them talk you out of it.
Don’t settle where you are because everybody around you is stuck.
Go get your bananas. And get me one while you’re there.
But you’ve got to learn how to encourage yourself.
You can’t rely on people to keep you built up and cheer you on.
Sometimes people will let you down.
They’ll try to keep you at the same level.
They may not see what you can see.
~ this is a partial speech of Joel Osteen that I heard earlier today and felt the need to share with you here.
Hope you have enjoyed this parable as much as I did.
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