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Hope, Belief & Rodents...

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By Shyanne McGregor

I’m the 1950’s, Curt Richter performed an experiment in which he put domestic and wild rats in a bucket of water to see how long they’d last before they drowned.

 Domestic rats lasted two minutes. Wild rats, normally strong swimmers, lasted just a bit longer. 

Curt had an idea why they drowned so quick. So he tested his theory. The next time, just before drowning, he took the rats out, held them and helped them recover, then put them back in. This time….they treaded water for 60 hours. Why?? They had HOPE! They BELIEVED  they would be saved and pushed their bodies far past what they previously thought possible. ...

 There are so many things we can take from this story. Here’s one: The more you believe in your ability to succeed, the more likely it is that you will. You do have what it takes, but that means nothing if you don’t whole heartedly believe in yourself and what you’re capable of. 

 Here’s another one: Sometimes all we need is a little glimmer of hope that it’s possible, and that’s what keeps us putting one foot in front of the other.

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