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This site has loads of great stories on and takes just 2 to 3 minutes to read or listen to (via the podcast) every week and it's free. The stories and thoughts aren't designed to tell you what to think, but hopefully they will direct your thoughts down new and forgotten roads. The Thoughts are based on material from great authors like Brian Tracy, Napoleon Hill, Steven D Levitt, John Elliot, Dave Allen, Jim Collins, Peter Thompson, as well as insight I've been given by people I respect and a little bit of my own thinking. In addition I have chosen my favourite resources which are accessible from the menu on the right. I hope you enjoy this weeks thought (below) and don't forget to check out the archives (below) for any thoughts you've missed. Till next week -  David Gardner 


THIS WEEKS THOUGHT   Did the Elephant Remember? - Week 33

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I don't know where this story originally came from as it arrived in my inbox from Andy a friend of mine. However its a compelling story with a big lesson so here goes

In 1986, Dan Harrison was on holiday in Kenya and one day when he was hiking through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Dan approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. Carefully Dan worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face Dan, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Dan stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.

Twenty years later, Dan was walking through the Chicago Zoo and as he approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Dan was standing. The large bull elephant stared at Dan , lifted its front foot off the ground, and then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at Dan.

Remembering the encounter in 1986, Dan couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. So Dan summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Dan's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

Till next week, consider your assumptions carefully.

David Gardner


 Recommended Audio CD's
By Peter Thompson
More Great CD Programs
 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
 Watching the English - Kate Fox
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson



Can't See the Wood for the Trees

Dutch Courage

Talk with Relevance

Milo the Greek

A Boy called No

Bluebird - A pint of Ale &  water speed record

Visualising an Argument with Alien Bowling

Old Friends lead to New Thoughts

Bad Driver

Space Shuttle designed on a horses backside

Back to the Future

The Mexican Boatman & "Harvard MBA".

The World in Perspective

Acres of Diamonds

First impressions in 30s

The Two Minute Rule

 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
12 Questions to High Performance
The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
Three Men and a Boat
Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
The Meaning of Life  
What was your name again?
Two Frogs
Is Common Sense Possible
An Architects Vision
Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

There are loads of great audio programs at Nightingale Conant's ,web site here,