Try, Try, Try Again


Words on Wednesdays

‘Tis a lesson you should heed: Try, try, try again.
If at first you don’t succeed: Try, try, try again.
— William Edward Hickson.

Legend has it, that after Robert the Bruce was defeated for the sixth time by the King of England, he fled and hid in a cave. He lay there, ready to give up all hope, when a spider caught his eye. It was hanging by a long silvery thread from one of the wooden beams above his head, and trying to swing itself to another beam. It tried again and again, failing each time.

Six times.


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Robert thought, “I too have failed six times in my fight for Scotland. But if this spider succeeds the next time, I will try once more to regain my kingdom.”

The spider swung again – and on its seventh attempt, it succeeded.

Robert the Bruce threw off his despair and went on to battle the English and eventually, won at the Battle of Bannockburn.

This was the story I learnt during my childhood. One that has remained with me over the years, because it talks of persistence, perseverance and determination to achieve one’s goals.

Moral of the story, if at at first you don’t succeed: try, try, try again!

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