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The life of an Eagle

by joe on September 25, 2007

Bald EagleA reader sent me this yesterday, and I thought it fit in really well, considering our new movie You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School was released yesterday. Do you have what it takes to be an Eagle?

Eagles are the most long-lived bird in the world. By the time they reach 40 years old, their claws will start to age, losing their effectiveness and making it hard for them to catch prey.
The life-span of an eagle is up to 70 years old.

But in order to live this long, it must make the toughest decision at 40. At 40, its beak is too long and curvy that it reaches its chest. Its wings, full of long, thickened feathers, are too heavy for easy flying. The eagle is left with 2 choices:-

(1) do nothing and await its death; or
(2) go through a painful period of transformation and renewal.

For 150 days, it first trains itself to fly beyond the high mountains, build and live in its nest and cease all flying activities. It then begins to knock its beak against granite rocks till the beak is completely removed. When a new beak is grown, the eagle will use it to remove all its old claws and await quietly for new ones to be fully grown. When the new claws are fully grown, the eagle will use them to remove all its feathers, one by one.

Five months later, when its new feathers are fully grown, it will soar in the sky again with renewed strength and is able to live for the next 30 years.

In life, as an individual, in an organization, sometimes, we have to learn to make difficult decisions so as to make room for changes. Changes bring about renewal. And the only way for us to soar again is to let go old ways, old habits, old lives.

For as long as we are prepared to put aside our old baggage – past glory or shame, past success or failure – be willing to become zero, with an empty cup mentality, we will be able to discover our potential and head towards a renewed perspective in any aspect of our lives

(Note: I haven’t verified this. Anybody who knows what kind of Eagle actually does this, please let me know)

And don’t forget to watch our new movie.

{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Cody V. December 4, 2007 at 1:15 pm

This was a great message sent. It’s saying you have to trust yours teammate and expect to win!

corey H December 4, 2007 at 1:17 pm

this movie was very inspiring to me it taught me a lesson i also like the choice of music it helped the movie carry on

Lindsay H. December 4, 2007 at 1:19 pm

This movie is really great and the messages should be followed by everyone in a buisness. These quotes are instructions on how to live life the best you can.

Brittany D. December 4, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Everyone in there life needs a push here and there even a bigger stronger and smarter person. Because everyone has their own flaws that they need help getting through.

jory r. December 4, 2007 at 1:22 pm

This movie was very persevering and inspiring.

joe p December 4, 2007 at 1:23 pm

I think this short movie is a really good message about life and i agree on that attitude is no everything but it does matter

heatherz December 4, 2007 at 1:26 pm

I like the part where it talks about attitude and how it is almost everything. I think that the little bit that is not attitude is other peoples perceptions and your prior qualifications.

Skylar H December 4, 2007 at 1:26 pm

This video shows many great quotes and they all relate to one thing. To easily finish a job hire someone who specializes in that area instead of someone you need to train to get the job done. So go for a job in something you not only like, but something your good at.

Nicole B December 4, 2007 at 1:31 pm

I thought this one is very good. It showed a lot on choosing the right path, and trying your bast to reach your goals.

ArielD December 4, 2007 at 1:33 pm

I think that the message was so true, preservation and determination is what you need to change the world.

OliviaG December 4, 2007 at 1:34 pm

The duck was so cute in the beginning… but n-e ways, this was very inspirational movie… it had a good message… i learned alot from it… For instance if you are good at something like if you are good at hair and make up why you would go to school to be an interior designer… you should do what you like in order to be successful… that is what i got out of this movie.

Jessicab December 4, 2007 at 1:35 pm

In order to get what you want… you have to work for it. You have to be yourself and do things you like to do. You have to work with what you’re good at doing instead of trying things your not good at.

Dakota wright December 11, 2007 at 7:22 am

I liked the movie because it said to me you should not try to do things that are not possible

jory r. December 11, 2007 at 11:57 am

This movie really showed me that your life is how you make it and you have to work every day at it.

cris quiambao November 14, 2008 at 1:53 am

the message filled me up when i compare myself like an eagle so i definitely see myself like a stone who can’t serve god but i getsomething that interesting i now see myself like an eagle because of the lord

Greg October 11, 2009 at 5:28 am

The idea that an eagle will retreat to a mountaintop and methodically break off its beak and pluck out all of its feathers is an urban myth. The research that I have done and the experts that I have read on this subject all agree that there is no evidence for this type of transformation in eagles.

The story sounds inspirational, but I would rather base my faith things that are true, not stories that have no strong foundation in reality.

Matt October 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm


Thanks for the clarification! We have since checked the story, and unfortunately our conclusions point the same way. However, I think we can still use it as a metaphor, and realize that the point of the story is that we sometimes have to go through some difficult times before we can be better than we were before. Again, thanks for the correction, and wishing you the best in life!

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