Androcles and the Lion – Helping Others Part 1 of 2

Several thousand years ago in Rome, a Greek slave named Androcles escaped from his master and fled into the forest. While he was in the forest, he came upon a lion that was just laying there, moaning and groaning. The lion held out it’s paw toward Androcles, and it was swollen, it was bleeding, and Androcles saw that the pain was caused by a huge thorn that had gotten stuck in the lion’s paw. Well, Androcles had two choices: He could turn and run away (after all, the lion couldn’t run very fast on a swollen paw), or he could take a chance and he could help the lion. Of course, there was always the possibility that once he helped the lion, the lion still might decide to eat him. Well, Androcles decided to take a risk and help the lion. Androcles pulled the thorn out of the paw, wrapped it up, took care of the lion, and as a result, Androcles and the lion became friends. The lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day, the lion would bring him meat and they lived together in the cave until one day, both Androcles and the lion were captured. Androcles was taken back to Rome, and he was put on trial and condemned to death for fleeing from his master. His punishment was that he’d be thrown to the lions, and just to make sure the lions were hungry, the lions were kept without food for several days. Well, the day finally arrived when Androcles was to die. He was taken into a huge arena where everyone could watch, and a big lion was released from a cage. The lion came running toward Androcles, but as soon as the lion recognized his friend, he went from being fierce to friendly. The lion licked Androcles’ hand and acted like a happy little puppy. The Emperor was so surprised, that he summoned Androcles, who told him the whole story. The Emperor then pardoned Androcles and ordered his master to set him free. And the lion was taken back into the forest and it, too, was set free. Yes, Androcles and the lion both lived happily ever after, and it was all because Androcles had made the decision to help the lion in the first place. How about you? When you’re faced with the option to help others or to not help them, I hope that you remember this story and you choose to help them. The reality is that it probably won’t save your life, but helping others is what winners do, and after all, you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!
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Full Transcript: Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Helping Others”, and this is part 1 of 2, and I’m gonna tell you a story that many of you have already heard. It goes like this… Several thousand years ago in Rome, a Greek slave named Androcles escaped from his master and fled into the forest. While he was in the forest, he came upon a lion that was just laying there, moaning and groaning. The lion held out it’s paw toward Androcles, and it was swollen, it was bleeding, and Androcles saw that the pain was caused by a huge thorn that had gotten stuck in the lion’s paw. Well, Androcles had two choices: He could turn and run away (after all, the lion couldn’t run very fast on a swollen paw), or he could take a chance and he could help the lion. Of course, there was always the possibility that once he helped the lion, the lion still might decide to eat him. Well, Androcles decided to take a risk and help the lion. Androcles pulled the thorn out of the paw, wrapped it up, took care of the lion, and as a result, Androcles and the lion became friends. The lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day, the lion would bring him meat and they lived together in the cave until one day, both Androcles and the lion were captured. Androcles was taken back to Rome, and he was put on trial and condemned to death for fleeing from his master. His punishment was that he’d be thrown to the lions, and just to make sure the lions were hungry, the lions were kept without food for several days. Well, the day finally arrived when Androcles was to die. He was taken into a huge arena where everyone could watch, and a big lion was released from a cage. The lion came running toward Androcles, but as soon as the lion recognized his friend, he went from being fierce to friendly. The lion licked Androcles’ hand and acted like a happy little puppy. The Emperor was so surprised, that he summoned Androcles, who told him the whole story. The Emperor then pardoned Androcles and ordered his master to set him free. And the lion was taken back into the forest and it, too, was set free. Yes, Androcles and the lion both lived happily ever after, and it was all because Androcles had made the decision to help the lion in the first place. How about you? When you’re faced with the option to help others or to not help them, I hope that you remember this story and you choose to help them. The reality is that it probably won’t save your life, but helping others is what winners do, and after all, you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner! Thank you for listening to this Golden Nugget by Don Howe. To learn more about Don’s free sales success system or to have a free success audio like this one sent to you each week day, please visit DonHoweSuccess.com. That’s D O N H O W E S U C C E S S .com
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