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A Glimmer of Hope

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

During a brutal study in the 1950s, Dr. Carl 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.

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

Remember – they had just experienced 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. 60 hours of swimming.

The conclusion was that since the rats BELIEVED that they would eventually be rescued, they could push their bodies 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 can real hope do for you?

Dedicated to your success,


“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

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