How Much Land Does a Man Need? A case of limiting & empowering beliefs.


Do you have a belief? What is your belief? Is that belief a liability or an asset to you? How much does it cost you?

Belief is an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof, it is something you accept as true or real and often an opinion you hold about yourselves, about others in the world and how we expect things to be, these beliefs determine how we behave and shape our decision making process and so on.

Beliefs works for us either way, they can be for or against us.

For quite a long time I would say I am a reserved person, am not talkative, I am soft spoken and so I am not good at speaking to a crowd and so on. I avoided some places that I felt I cannot perform like addressing a parents meeting at a school when I was expected to. This was a reinforced by what I believed about myself. It was limiting me so much. What I now do is analyze the value my beliefs bring me. I often now ask myself, why do I do what I do?

Let me share a story with you by a Russian writer Leo Tolstoy; “How Much Land Does a Man Need”.

He narrates the story of a man who was asked to walk all the land he needed as long as he had to be back at the starting point before darkness. The deal then was that he would get all the land he has walked. He started at day break and walked and walked and walked. Every time he thought it was time to start heading back he would think of a little more land to walk ahead. Which he did!
As the sun started to go down he started walking back. The sun was now threatening to set faster. He began to run. He ran, and ran and ran. He tried harder and faster. Finally, as the darkness was about to fall he crossed the finishing line with final leap and fell on the ground with blood oozing out of his mouth, he died there! His servant who was with him dug a shallow grave long and deep enough to bury his master’s dead body. Leo Tolstoy thus answered his question- “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”  – Only enough to cover him from the head to the toe!!!!


Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” – Mark 9-24

While money is not all that there is in life, it is a requirement we should still be concerned about. It’s not just money. No, it might not be money that can make you achieve that sense of fulfilment, but you need money to provide yourself and your family the daily necessities. A misplaced belief about money or wealth eventually costed this man his life, he could not quench it!! That is not what you and me want.

So, what is your belief? Is your belief limiting or empowering you? What value is your belief?

Feel free to share your thoughts on the comment section below.



Categories: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

4 replies

  1. You love challenging our thinking, do you??

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  2. Such a great read! Just how much do I need by the way? Starting to think better about this question..

    Liked by 1 person

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