Once upon a time there was a children’s football trainer called Vincent, in whose team there were three boys who all played as forwards. In every game, the trainer could only put one forward on the pitch, so he sometimes had difficulty choosing which forward should play. By coincidence, the three forwards were the best players in the team, so it was bad luck that only one of them could play in each match.

However hard Vincent looked for a solution, he couldn’t find one. He also found it very difficult to ask for help, for he believed that people would think he was stupid for not being able to resolve the problem himself.

But one day, the three forwards came to him and said: “Vincent, sometimes when we can’t fix something ourselves, it’s best to ask someone else for help…”


So Vincent remembered an old friend of his whom he could trust,someone with a lot of experience in training children’s football teams – the previous trainer, in fact.

So he decided to go to the former trainer, for he was very wise as he was older and more experienced. The old trainer was called Julian, and he welcomed Vincent with pleasure: “How are you, Vincent? How’s the team?” he asked. And Vincent replied: “That’s exactly what I’ve come to talk to you about.”

Vincent told Julian all about his problem and they talked for a while: “Vincent, I understand your problem perfectly,” said Julian, “and there’s no easy solution… But there’s one thing I would say…” and they continued talking for quite a while.

Very soon, Vincent put Julian’s idea into action and from then on, Vincent’s team won all their matches and became the best children’s team in the world. Vincent learned that leaning on someone you trust can make life a lot easier.

What do you think wise old Julian said to Vincent?

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