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This month: the short story of the Butterfly

Short stories are powerful reads. The great thing about them is that they’re so easy to digest, and there’s always a moral at the end of the story. Whether they’re true stories or not is another thing, as many of them are legends supposedly hundreds of years old.  However, the stories that I’m talking about in this series are so powerful and inspirational that many of them really do get you thinking.


Short Stories Series

I’ve been reading plenty of short stories in the past couple of weeks and found the lessons behind them truly wonderful. There’s always a moral to learn at the end of each story. So I’ve decided to write out this article highlighting one of my favorite short stories I came across. Next to the subheading I’ve put what for me the story’s lesson is all about. If you like these kind of short stories I can come up with more each month. You can find all of them in this section. For now, enjoy the story of the Butterfly.


The Butterfly


A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Until it suddenly stopped making any progress and looked like it was stuck.


So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, although it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man didn’t think anything of it and sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. But that didn’t happen. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with tiny wings and a swollen body.


Despite the kind heart of the man, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small opening: were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. To prepare itself for flying once it was out of the cocoon.

The Growth Mindset

Our struggles in life develop our strengths. Without struggles, we never grow and never get stronger, so it’s important for us to tackle challenges on our own, and not be relying on help from others.

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My top 10 quotes on storytelling from some of the world’s most insightful authors and filmmakers

I have always loved stories, whether reading books, hearing tall tales from friends or listening to words of wisdom from my parents. And ever since I started in business with Student Magazine, I have been fascinated by the intersection between storytelling and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs who make a difference relate to and interact with other people – they are, in effect, professional storytellers. The story of Virgin – its ups and down, opportunity and challenges – is what attracts people to our products and services, and also to work with us. We would be nothing without our story.


To encourage you to tell yours, here’s my top 5 quotes on storytelling.



 “The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.” – Steve Jobs

Whether you know it or not, your desire to write comes from the urge to not just be “creative,” it’s a need (one every human being on earth has) to help others. A well-told Story is a gift to the reader/listener/viewer because it teaches them how to confront their own discomforts.” – Shawn Coyne, The Story Grid


“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser



“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in heart forever.” – Ancient Proverb


I hope that you liked these quotes on storytelling as much as I did.


You may also like short stories. Every month I post one of the best short stories that I hear about. If you like inspirational short stories, you can find them over here: short stories series.

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My 5 favourite quotes on learning

I read almost 52 books a year. That may sound ambitious, but it feels very normal to me. It helps me evolve, advance and achieve the things that I want. I read as long as I can remember. My life is all about learning and explore new things. 


The following quotes are an ode to my love of learning and exploring. Besides that, it’s to encourage you to embrace your curiosity when it hits. Here are my top 5 quotes:




1. “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein


2. “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”


3. “To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.” – James Joyce


4. “One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.” – Ruth Reichl


5. “Curiosity is a delicate little plant which, aside from stimulation, is mainly in need of freedom.”



These were the ones that I liked the most. Use the comment section down below to let me know how you feed your curiosity and what you do to explore and to learn about the things you really like. I’m happy to hear about that!

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My top 10 quotes that challenge the way you think

Every now and then we need to challenge ourselves a bit in order to create an open mind. We all have our own perceptions and opinions and – often subconscious – biases about things. It’s important to keep this in mind if we want to keep improving ourselves and engage in conversations that can change the world for the better too. 


Here are 10 quotes that have really helped me to challenge my perceptions, become more accepting and broaden my horizons.


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Toen mijn moeder aan mij en mijn zusje vroeg waar we naartoe op vakantie wilden zei ik: slapen in de woestijn, mama. […] uiteindelijk werd het de kampeervakantie in Zuid-Frankrijk. . Ondanks al die mooie plekken op de wereld heeft het woestijnslapen me nooit helemaal losgelaten. Sterker nog, ik heb er nog vaak aan gedacht. Voor alles is er een tijd en een plaats, luidde m'n moeders credo; probeer het in gedachten voor je te zien en geloof er in. . Precies een jaar geleden was ik hier. In Merzouga, Marokko. Na mijn studies te hebben afgerond. En met mijn ❤️. Op een plek waar zandstormen geregeld de kop op steken, er geen stadslicht is dat de lucht verduisterd, waar je 360 graden vrij zicht hebt en je je bed liever naar buiten sleept dan in het tentenkamp slaapt. Durf te vragen en soms krijg je het terug precies zoals je het hoopte. 🌛

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1. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K Rowling



2. “Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either.” – Aesop


3. “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.” – C.S. Lewis


4. “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa


5. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin


6. “I think the things you regret most in life are the things you didn’t do.” – Steve Jobs

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7. “Every single event in life is an opportunity to choose love over fear.”  – Oprah Winfrey


8. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” – Maya Angelou


9. “Your right to speak comes with the duty to listen” – Amit Kalantri


10. “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain



I hope these quotes have left you with the importance of being more open-minded. Tell me, what are your favorite quotes and how do you try to challenge your thoughts, opinions and perceptions? Leave a comment down below!


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