You Become What You Believe You Are

“What do you want to do in life?”

“What is the meaning of life?”

“What is the purpose of our existence?”

These may sound like a set of perfect questions for a Philosophy student. But most of us fumble and flounder when it comes to answering these questions.

A few years back I had opted for a career in corporate law. “This is where the money is…” I was told and there was no reason not to believe that notion.

One fine morning, frustrated, confused and clueless about my life, I happened to read a story on the internet.

Let me share that story with you….

Once upon a time, at a large mountainside there was an eagle nest with 4 large eagle eggs inside.

One day, a mild earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down to a chicken farm, located in the valley below.

The hens instinctively joined together to protect the eagle egg treating it as one of their own. Eventually, the eagle egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born.

Eagle and the chicken story

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The mother hens raised the eagle to be a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family but it seemed his spirit cried out for something more.

One day, the eagle looked to the skies above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring. “Oh,” the eagle cried, “I wish I could soar like those birds.”

The chickens roared with laughter, “You cannot soar like those. You are a chicken and chickens do not soar.”

The eagle continued staring at his real family up above, dreaming that he could be like them.

Each time the eagle talked about his dreams, he was told it couldn’t be done.

“Those birds are so much like me. They look like me. The only difference is that they can fly whereas I cannot. But I haven’t tried to fly.” the eagle thought to himself.


“Why not give it a try.” The eagle muttered.

“No..No..No… It might be too dangerous. What if I fell flat on my face? I would only make a fool of myself.”

“But I want to be like those birds flying high above the ground”.

“No you can’t do this.”

“What the heck. Let me try.”

So the eagle went to an isolated pl