You can show someone how to do something, but you can't make them do it.
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Submitted on September 25, 2011

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water but You Can't Make Him DrinkYou can give someone an opportunity, but you can’t force him or her to take it, you can make it easy for someone, but you can’t force them to take it
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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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