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December 6, 2010

Do you know the story of Robert the Bruce and the spider?  Good King Robert was hiding in the mountains after being defeated by Edward 1 and was on the point of abandoning his dreams of freeing the Scottish people.  But just then he noticed a spider weaving a web across the mouth of his cave.  It failed many times to attach its silk to the wall but it didn’t give up and eventually made an impressive web.  Robert was inspired by the little creature and decided to have one last attempt to beat the English.  The result was the Battle of Bannockburn and Scottish independence under his rule as Robert 1.

The two elegant webs in the photo reminded me of this story and made me wonder if they were built by one entrepreneurial spider, two mates or competitors.

Anyway – be inspired like Robert.  We can achieve great things if we focus on what we want to achieve and persevere until we get there.  If you are bored of writing your report and tempted to pack up for the day,  imagine the little spider.  One last surge of energy could get a first draft finished and think how much better you will feel in the morning if all you have to do is edit it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2010 09:02

    The Bruce story is also a morality tale – had Edward been a little less arrogant, and supported his own allies, there would have been no enmity between the men. The histories of Scotland and England would have been very different.

  2. December 22, 2010 18:11

    That’s an interesting connection to report writing! My issue tends to be more about not knowing when to stop and to take a break from the computer. I usually find when I do that I come back feeling much more creative and lucid.


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