On Hope & Resiliency

I spied this story on the Instagram page of a former associate of mine, Tony Brevard (@tonybrevard)  The story was new to me, but the lesson was not.

I keep remembering why I am here, even as some nearby scoff.

Perfect Timing.

Here is to the next  sixty hours.  Cheers.


During a brutal study at Harvard in the 1950s, Dr. Curt Richter placed rats in a pool of water to test how long they could tread water.

On average they’d give up and sink after 15 minutes.

But right before they gave up due to exhaustion, the researchers would pluck them out, dry them off, let them rest for a few minutes – and put them back in for a second round.

In this second try – how long do you think they lasted?

If I was to almost drown, I believe I would prefer to do it in a wine glass.

Remember – they had just swam until failure only a few short minutes ago…

How long do you think?

Another 15 minutes?

10 minutes?

5 minutes?


60 hours!

That’s not an error.

That’s right! 60 hours of swimming.

The conclusion drawn was that since the rats BELIEVED that they would eventually be rescued, they could push their bodies way past what they previously thought impossible.

I will leave you with this thought:

If hope can cause exhausted rats to swim for that long, what could a belief in yourself and your abilities, do for you?

Remember what you’re capable of.
Remember why you’re here.

Thanks for the reminder, Tony!

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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9 Responses to On Hope & Resiliency

  1. Remember what you’re capable of. Yes.

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  2. petespringerauthor says:

    Seems like they’d swim less if they knew they would be rescued.

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  3. Margy says:

    Similar to today’s YouTube by Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame). He said he has had several wildly ‘unlikely to succeed’ goals during his life (one to be a famous cartoonist and one to have his opinions respected enough that he would be invited to talk to the President.) The reason he achieved both, he says, is because the goals were so ‘impossible’ that he pushed himself that much harder.

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  4. Jim Borden says:

    what a great story – I’ve never heard this one…

    Liked by 1 person

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