The spider inspiration


Success never comes on a silver platter. Success is a combined bundle of failures, disappointments, discouragements, courage, determination and passion. And in the most downward moments we seek inspiration and often we find inspiration is there only that we let it go. There are some little elements in life that are a great inspiration but we do not notice them.

In fact, as Patrice Lumumba said: “We do not miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

It is important to learn from small things so that we achieve big things. The story of Robert the Bruce signifies that.


It is on record that hundreds of years ago, there was a King of Scotland and his name was Robert the Bruce. Bruce was fighting a bitter war with the King of England who had led a great army into Scotland to drive him out of the land and to make Scotland a part of England.

Battle after battle he had fought with England. Six times Bruce had led his brave little army against his foes. Six times his men had been beaten, until finally they were driven into flight. At last, the army of Scotland was entirely scattered and the king was forced to hide in the woods and in lonely places among the mountains.

One rainy day, Bruce lay in a cave, listening to the rainfall outside the cave entrance. He was tired and felt sick at heart, ready to give up all hope. It seemed to him that there was no use for him to try to do anything more.


As he laid thinking, he noticed a spider over his head, getting ready to weave its web. He watched it as it worked slowly and with great care. Six times it tried to throw its thread from one edge of the cave wall to another. Six times its thread fell short. The spider did not lose hope. With still more care, it made ready to try for a seventh t i m e . B r u c e almost forgot his own troubles as he watched, fascinated. It swung itself out upon the slender line.

Would it fail again? No! The thread was carried safely to the cave wall and fastened there.

“Yes!” cried Bruce, “I, too, will try a seventh time!”

So he arose and called his men together. He told them of his plans and sent them out with hopeful messages to cheer the discouraged people. Soon there was an army of brave men around him.

A seventh battle was fought and this time the King of England was forced to retreat back to his own country. It was not long before England recognised Scotland as an independent country with Bruce as its rightful king. And to this very day, the victory and independence of Scotland is traced to a spider that kept trying again and again to spin her web in a cave and inspired the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce.

When the going gets tough in your business, when the going gets tough in your life, quitting is not the solution; look for inspiration from any angle. Whatever you watch get inspiration from it. When a boxer is knocked down and wakes up to continue fighting then you will have to learn that in the pursuit of your dreams, there will be moments when you will fall. In life, there will be moments you will try to revive your dream several times but to no avail. Find the spider inspiration in your life to carry on. The bottom line is never give up. It is straight forward said that quitters never win and winners never quit.

World’s most famous basketball star Michael Jordan gives us a great lesson.

He said: “I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

Inspire yourself in the pursuit of your dream. All achievers have ever lived through the most difficult moments in life but they self-inspired themselves. Before she wrote Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling was nearly penniless, divorced, severely depressed, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. The first nine publishers rejected her book until a small businessman accepted it. Eventually, Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of five years through her hard work and determination.

When the going gets tough, seek the spider inspiration and you will make it. Nobody, absolutely nobody, should tell you that you cannot do what you dream to do. It is your dream, persevere and you will make it. Inspiration is the dosage that will propel you forward.

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