Fence Nails

Success through verbal and physical wounds


There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.”

When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.




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I failed my way to success. - Thomas Edison

Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

Beware of your friends, not your enemies. - Yiddish Proverb

Success is due less to ability than to zeal. - Charles Buxton

One does not make friends. One recognizes them. - Garth Henrichs

The secret of success is consistency of purpose. - Benjamin Disraeli

In the cookie of life, friends are chocolate chips. - Salman Rushdie

Habits form character, and character forms destiny. - James Allen

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. - Albert Einstein

You measure success by how much good you do for others. - Zig Ziglar

He's the kind of man who picks his friends - to pieces. - Mae West

The secret of my success is a two-word answer: Know people. - Harvey S Firestone

There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice. - Benjamin Disraeli

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. - David McCullough

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others. - Wayne Dyer

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. - Dale Carnegie

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. - Salvador Dali

I don't judge success by what I once did, but by what I keep doing. - Johnny Kelley

Nothing arouses ambition so much as the trumpet clang of another's fame. - Baltasar Gracian

Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light. - Jennie Jerome Churchill

Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined. - Unknown

You can only go as high on the leadership ladder as your character will allow you. - John C Maxwell

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding. - Andre Gide

Success is a two-bladed golden sword - it knights one and stabs one at the same time. - Mae West

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. - Voltaire

No matter how much fame and fortune you achieve, don't get wrapped up in yourself. - Dal Richards

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Strength of character may be learned at work, but beauty of character is learned at home. - Henry Drummond

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it. - WC Fields

Family, religion, friendship... these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business. - Mr. Burns

Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others. - Danny Thomas

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. - Dale Carnegie

Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs. - Joan Didion

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. - Ronald Reagan

Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you. - Zig Ziglar

It's really hard to maintain a one-on-one relationship if the other person is not going to allow me to be with other people. - Axl Rose

Passion is not a reaction to an external event. It is the left over emotions from the internal battles you have won that propels you forward. - Shannon L. Alder

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. - Charles W. Eliot

I become apprehensive when I observe people in large groups because they are often controlled by their emotions - and from there, emerge as mobs. - W. Andrew Welker

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. - Pele


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20-Oct-2019