Failure is the Pillar of Success
It was long since Robert Bruce had been the king of Scotland. He was a good ruler and a brave warrior. He loved freedom. He loved his country and his subjects very dearly. Scotland was then under the domination of England.
Robert Bruce wanted to gain freedom from his country and fought against the English. One day his enemies attacked his country and drove him away from his kingdom. He met the English soldiers in six battles one by one. But he was defeated each time. But all his attempts ended in smoke. At last, he lost heart and gave up the hope of success.
Robert Bruce was dethroned. His enemies were trying to capture him. He became a fugitive. He roamed about in search of shelter. He was moving in hills and forests. At last, he took shelter in a cave.
One day the king was lying in the cave. He thought and thought over his misfortune. At that moment, he found a spider trying to reach the ceiling. His attention was drawn to the repeated efforts of the spider. It was trying hard again and again. The spider crawled up a few inches and then dropped on its silken thread. But it did not give up its attempts. It tried again and again and on the seventh time, it became successful.
The sight of the spider encouraged the king. He thought the spider was not disheartened in spite of repeated failure. But it went on trying again and again, and at last, it came out successful. It raised a new hope in the king. He came out of the cave and began to gather forces. He made up his mind and he attacked his enemies Once again. In his last effort, he came out successful. Scotland was at last free. From the story, it is proved that patience and repeated endeavors can bring anyone success.
Moral: Life is a struggle. It is a mixture of successes and failures. All human problems are caused by a lack of self-confidence and ambitiousness. The spider taught Robert Bruce that a relentless worker is always crowned with success. The king took a lesson from the spider that perseverance is the key to success. Like an insect, it got success, as a human being why we cannot get success.
We also learn from this example a great lesson that “Where there is a will, there is a way.”