“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually, he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.”
I saw the above story of Frank Abagnale from the movie “Catch Me If You Can.
It’s well known that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. However, the two mice story enhanced this perspective to the next level.
As long as you are the second mouse and continue to associate with the second mouse, it doesn’t matter. That second mouse is a metaphor. It could be a person, book, environment or anything that empowers you to be the second mouse.
Although you may be an average of five people, the choice is still binary.
You are either the first mouse or the second.