Be a frog!
Paul Kho tells Waltraud Gläser the story of the frogs:
One day the frogs decided to have a race. To make it extra difficult, they set as a goal to reach the highest point of a big tower. On the day of the race, many other frogs gathered to watch.
Then finally – the race began.
Now the thing was, none of the frogs watching really believed that even one of the participating frogs could actually reach the finish line. So instead of cheering on the runners, they shouted “Oh dear, the poor things! They’ll never make it!” or “That’s just impossible!” or “You’ll never make it!”
And really it seemed like the audience was going to be right, because little by little more and more frogs gave up. The audience continued to shout, “Oh dear, the poor things! You’ll never make it!”
And indeed, soon all the frogs gave up – all but one, who climbed undaunted up the steep tower – and was the only one to reach the finish.
The spectator frogs were completely perplexed and all wanted to know from him how this was possible. One of the other participating frogs approached him to ask how he had managed to win the race.
And then they realized that this frog was deaf!