THE ANT, THE BUG & 9 HUGE LESSONS FOR ENTREPRENEURS
May 17, 2012
While on my mastermind call yesterday with my group from the Jack Canfield and James Malinchak retreat in Maui that I attended a few weeks ago, my reception was terrible. It was so bad that after dropping the call three times, I started walking from room to room in my house. This didn’t help so I decided to try the yard. The back patio was a no go so I went to the front of the house.
The reception was better and as I stood there, I happened to notice this really large bug moving in a very strange way. As I sat on my front stairs I was mesmerized by the movement of the bug. Don’t think that I was was so focused on the bug because the call was boring. It wasn’t, in fact, it was very interesting.
As I listened to one of women from the group describe the struggles she was having to complete her works While she knew shc was capable, she was working really hard to get everything done alone. She said that she was climbing up hill. Since the retreat she had been able to get more done but there was still so much to do. the juggling act that she talked about being really good at and the I could relate to what she was saying.
The ant, the bug and 9 lessons for entrepreneurs everywhere
All of a sudden it dawned on me, the big bug wasn’t moving strangely at all. The bug was dead and the movement was initiated by a tiny ant pulling it along. This bug had moved quite a distance from the time that the call started.
I was amazed at the persistence of this ant. It’s tenacity blew me away. And it seemed to be demonstrating exactly what the women on my call was saying. As I listened, like a thunder bolt it hit me. this ant was like a little entrepreneur.
Size doesn’t matter
You might be facing a task that seems unattainable, maybe even impossible but probably it isn’t. If you look at it a different way, you can and will find a way to do it.
I’m sure this little ant was defying some scientific laws about weight to mass. It was doing the impossible and doing it well.
Most people give up too soon. It’s not that they don’t work hard, they don’t work hard for long enough. Studies show that people give up right when they are at the threshold of success, just a bit more effort and they would have reached their goals.
The little any wasn’t giving up. It wasn’t letting go of the bug for anything.
There will be obstacles. Don’t be surprised when they appear. Just get over, under, around, through them. In reality, obstacles are tests. Once you pass them, you’ll be on your way again and you’ll be much stronger for going through them.
I had just had the lawn mowed and they hadn’t cleaning the sidewalk all that well. As the little ant moved in a straight line, I could see the pile of grass was in it’s direct path. I could also see that it was just an isolated pile of grass because I was looking from above. The little ant, couldn’t have known that most of the sidewalk was clean, and all it needed to do was make a tiny detour to avoid lots of extra effort. The ant proceeded dragging the bug through the mountain, undeterred.
Perspective is everything
We don’t see things the way others do. Everyone has a completely different view of things. Unfortunately, we don’t always consult others. Many of us don’t seek the counsel of others that have experience, that could make our journey easier. We may be choosing the most difficult path and going it alone.
The little ant never asked me for my advice and I decided not to interfere. I couldn’t have answered it if the ant had posed the question, but I could have easily cleared the mountain of grass with the flick of my finger. I try
not to interfere without being asked.
Reaching our goals is fabulous. We feel such a sense of accomplishment. Some entrepreneurs say that when they reach their goals people pay attention to them. It’s like they have arrived.
When the little ant arrived to the hill with the bug, it seemed that all the ants came running. All of a sudden, the big bug was surrounded by little ants, on all sides they participated.
It’s important to celebrate successes. We need to take time for the back patting, congratulations and well wishes. For all your hard work, you need to bask in the sunshine for awhile. Recharge your batteries and enjoy.
Our little friend created quite the frenzy with it’s catch. The activity was amazing and everyone was involved.
I just wonder if there were some ants that were in awe when the big bug appeared on the hill. Were there others surprised, saying, “That one has always had big dreams. I’m surprised that it was able to do anything great?” Curiously, I caught myself wondering if there were a few jealous ants, making negative comments about the catch, but still ready to enjoy the efforts of the little ant, anyway.
Because that is exactly what happens for us entrepreneurs. We have people who genuinely celebrate our successes, we love them for their kindness and support. Some are surprised, maybe even a bit shocked, but happy that our ship has finally come in. Then there’s a small group individuals that are jealous of us and out success. We need to quickly recognize and avoid this group as much as possible, they can be lethal to us. Hint: These people are the B players.
Putting yourself in the right group
As the call continued we were able to offer a variety of perspectives, encouragement, and even celebrate her efforts. This group is made up of people dedicated to reaching their goals and making it happen. If they weren’t serious, they wouldn’t have been in Maui.
I don’t think there was one once of jealousy on the call. The reason I say that is that those in the winners circle are rarely jealous. They know how hard the climb is and how much energy it takes to get there. They’re ready to lend a firm hand to pull us up. And they wait with open arms eager to welcome the next group of success stories.
I was amazed by the tenacity of the little ant. I applaud it’s effort so much that, next time, I may even move the grass mound. And I spend my life helping entrepreneurs by lighting a rocket under their dreams, guiding them to make those dreams a reality. I make it easier, quicker, cheaper, and with less difficulty. If this sound like something that you might like to find out more about, contact me.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my story about the ant, the bug and 9 huge lessons for entrepreneurs. I hope it helps you see your way as an entrepreneur more clearly.
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