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5. Selection — Whale Rider — Test Yourself

Tests, trials and errors in life are necessary to grow and to find out what works and what doesn’t. It’s by encountering obstacles along your way and to overcome them, that one can discover his or her strength.

Also, by facing obstacles the hero is ready to transcend them so that s(he) can claim the inner barriers and turn them into resources for further growth. 

Here’s the first big test for Paikea: Retrieving the lost whale tooth necklace of her grandfather Paka. In a previous challenge for the boys he threw his necklace in the sea and ordered them to bring it back. Unfortunately, they couldn’t, leaving Paka disappointed.

On a next occassion Paikea, her uncle, and some friends are out for a little boat trip to the spot where Paka lost his belonging.

Universal Story
The heroine wants to test herself and her new powers. However, there are gatekeepers on the threshold who guard the world she wants to enter. She needs to defeat them to prove her worth and to continue her journey. The selection threshold is a barrier to overcome.

Characteristics Selection
• There’s a hierarchy of power • With her new skills the heroine tries to slay the dragon • Being in or out • The first big test

Leadership Skills
• Bottomline thinking • Result oriented • Concretizing matters • Testing yourself • The power of the mind • Prioritizing

Part of life is about challenges and tests. They could affirm you’re on the right track. Or they could give you some good pointers. Or they could boost your confidence and self-worth.

Even if you ‘fail’, the experience itself is valuable because you’ve learnt something and you get to choose to tweak your course, so that you won’t do it again. It’s a learning opportunity.

You’re on day 5 of your journey. Open your platbook and dive into the questions.
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