Think again…and again!

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

“The Little Engine That Could” isn’t just a children’s story; it’s a timeless source of inspiration for adults, offering valuable insights that resonate across generations.

Let’s distill the essence of this beloved tale into its top three lessons for grown-ups:

  1. Persistence Prevails: The unwavering determination of the little blue engine reminds us that persistence is key to overcoming challenges. No matter how daunting the obstacles may seem, staying committed to our goals and pushing forward can lead to success.
  2. Believe in Yourself: The mantra “I think I can, I think I can” underscores the importance of self-belief. Amidst doubts and uncertainties, maintaining a positive attitude and trusting in our abilities can empower us to achieve our aspirations.
  3. Helping Others Matters: The little engine’s willingness to lend a hand despite its limitations highlights the value of compassion and altruism. As adults, extending support to others not only enriches their lives but also brings fulfillment and purpose to our own.

Incorporating these three fundamental lessons into our lives can help us navigate challenges with resilience, cultivate a mindset of positivity and self-assurance, and foster meaningful connections through acts of kindness and support. Just like the little engine, we too can conquer obstacles and achieve greatness by embracing these timeless principles.


  • What do you need to apply the mantra “I think I can” to in order to make progress towards your goals?
  • How will you celebrate your accomplishments better when “I thought I could” happens?

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