A foreign exchange student attending school in America, asked
his grandfather from Eastern Europe to come and visit him.
When grandfather arrived, the two spent the next few days
seeing the town and touring the college campus.
On the day before his grandfather was to leave, the student
asked his grandfather to meet him after class at the school
cafeteria for lunch.
The grandfather arrived a little early and sat down at an
empty table and waited for someone to take his order, but nobody
a student with her tray of food sat down opposite him and
informed him how the cafeteria
out at that end,” she said. “Just go along the
line and pick out what you want. At the other end they will
tell you how much you have to pay.”
A few minutes later the young student arrived. He explained
why he was late getting out of class.
the grandfather told his grandson, “I have learned
how everything works here in America. Life’s a cafeteria
paused then said, “You can get anything
you want as long as you are willing to pay the price. You can
even get success, but you will never get it if you wait for
someone to bring it to you. Just like the food here in the
cafeteria—you have to get up and get it yourself.”
The Best Of Success To You,
one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle
your own canoe, you don't move."
-- Katharine Hepburn