Let Your Reach Exceed Your Grasp

Let Your Reach Exceed Your Grasp

By Zig Ziglar

In one of our major universities a professor of economics gave a test to his class.  The test had several sections of questions, each of which contained three categories of questions.  He instructed the students to choose one question from each section on the test.  The first category in each section was the hardest and was worth 50 points.  The second category in each section was not quite as hard and worth 40 points.  The third category in each section was the easiest and worth only 30 points.

When the students had taken the test and all the papers had been turned in, the students who had chosen the hardest questions, or the fifty-point questions, were given A’s.  The students who had chosen the forty-point questions were given B’s, and the students choosing the thirty-point questions, or the easiest questions, were given C’s.  Whether or not their answers were correct was not considered.  Understandably, the students were confused and asked the professor how he had graded the exam.  The professor leaned back and with a smile explained, “I wasn’t testing your knowledge.  I was testing your aim.”

I believe it was Browning who said, “Your reach should exceed your grasp, or what’s a Heaven for?”  Langston Hughes wrote, “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die then life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”  Yes, we need those dreams or, if you prefer, a vision.  Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, “My people perish for lack of vision.”  Helen Keller was asked the question, “What would be worse than being blind?”  She responded that it would be infinitely worse to have 20/20 eyesight and no vision than to be blind but have that vision.

In the declining years of his life, Albert Schweitzer was asked, “How goes it with you, Dr. Schweitzer?”  The aging medical missionary responded, “My eyesight grows dim, but my vision is clearer than ever.”  Think about it.  Develop your own dream, your own vision, and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is a motivator and teacher.  He is the author of 27 books and loved by millions of people world wide for his practical wisdom and his gift of hope.


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