The Japanese have a great liking for fresh fish. But the waters close to
Japan have not held many fish for decades. So, to feed the Japanese population,
fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.
The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring back the fish. The longer it took them to bring back the fish, the stale they grew.
The fish were not fresh and the Japanese did not like the taste. To solve
this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would
catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther
and stay longer.
However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh
and frozen fish. And they did not like the taste of frozen fish. The frozen fish
brought a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks. They
would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little
hashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive.
Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the
fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese
preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish. The fishing industry
faced an impending crisis! But today, it has got over that crisis and has emerged as
one of the most important trades in that country! How did Japanese fishing
companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan ?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the
fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark
eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are
challenged and hence are constantly on the move. And they survive and arrive
in a healthy state!They command a higher price and are most sought-after. The
challenge they face keeps them fresh!
Humans are no different. L. Ron Hubbard observed in the early 1950's: "Man
thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging environment. "
George Bernard Shaw said: " Satisfaction is death!"
If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy. Your challenges
keep you energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are
alive! Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them. Do not postpone a
task, simply because its challenging. Catch these challenges by their horns and
vanquish them. Enjoy the game. If your challenges are too large or too
numerous, do not give up. Giving up makes you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more help. Don't create success and revel in
it in a state of inertia. You have the resources, skills and abilities to make