Jim Rohn’s Ant Philosophy


Jim Rohn's Ant Philosophy caught my eye on the Facebook wall of one of my friends, Tony Trapani.

It reminded me of the way we have worked together over the years, to build a successful business. So – with his permission I am reproducing it here – but of course the complete credit goes to the late, great Jim Rohn.

Tony says: I heard this years ago, and have followed its teachings many times (especially during the tough times), have a read, it's worth it…

Jim Rohn's Ant Philosophy

Over the years I've been teaching children about a simple but powerful concept – the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants.

They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part:

Ants never quit. That's a good philosophy. If they're headed somewhere and you try to stop them; they'll look for another way. They'll climb over, they'll climb under, and they'll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you're supposed to go.

plan aheadSecond, ants think winter all summer. That's an important perspective. You can't be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants are gathering in their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, “Don't build your house on the sand in the summer.” Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to be realistic. In the summer, you've got to think storm. You've got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun. Think ahead.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won't last long; we'll soon be out of here.” And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they'll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can't wait to get out.

And here's the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer
to prepare for the winter? All he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the “all-you-possibly-can” philosophy.

The ant philosophy: Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.

Ant Philosophy Applied To Online Business

teamworkNo doubt anyone who is building an online business will easily relate to the points above.

And perhaps those who have never thought to make provisions for a “rainy day” will consider how “ant philosophy” could help them.

Either way – please share and comment below.



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  • Lea Bullen says:

    Hi Joy,

    Thanks for sharing that. I actually never heard of that philosophy but it is a very interesting and true one. I typically look at ants as annoying insects but their determination is admirable. They don’t let anything stop them, they just keep going.


    • Joy says:

      Hi Lea,

      Must confess I’d mainly thought of ants as an annoyance – but their persistence is an example to us all.

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • Amar kumar says:

    Hey Joy,

    I can say that, it is very powerful motivational philosophy and we should really need to implement this law in our work as they do.

    We should always need to creative for finding our best path which will help to uplift our personality. Eventually, thanks for sharing your best experience with us.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

  • I have been a devoted follower of Jim Rohn for years and have several CDs with his presentations. The ant philosophy is just one example of how spot on his message always was. Thanks for sharing!

  • Chery Schmidt says:

    Hello Joy! I love this post my friend. The ant philosophy is certainly a good one HUH? Great Share..
    Thank You
    Chery :))

  • Taiwo Emayosanlomo says:

    Hi Joy,
    Thanks for sharing about the Ant Philosophy. The first philosophy focuses on determination and persistence. Others emphasize the need for planning, time management, and saving for a raining day. Thanks for sharing.

  • Edward Thorpe says:

    Hi Joy,

    “Never, never, never give up…”Winston Churchill

    Hadn’t thought about Rohn’s Ant Philosophy in years. You’ve used it as a great analogy for gaining success with team building. Nice job. Thank you,

    • Joy says:

      Hi Edward,

      I hadn’t come across it at all before – so I’m pleased you have heard of it.

      Yes, there we all are in our online business, working together to build success for everyone. Glad you got the point!

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • DeeDee Lynn says:

    Hi Joy. Ants! I probably hate them more than any other insect. But I do admire them, and they are a perfect analogy for my business – prepping.

    I think that they make a perfect analogy for success in business, as well. I’m glad you share this story.

    • Joy says:

      Hi DeeDee,

      It’s a great analogy about how we should prepare for business – and all the unexpected events in life. Glad you liked it.

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • ikechi says:

    Hi Joy

    The first experience I had with a colony of ants was when I stumbled upon ants going through a path.

    Silly me or maybe I was curious but I stepped on their path and I had a day of painful tings.

    The beauty of ants is that they never give up and their work ethic is awesome.

    Thanks for sharing. Take care

    • Joy says:

      Hi Ikechi

      I always feel a bit guilty when I try to get rid of my usual plague of ants every spring, because I actually admire their work ethic!

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • Hi Joy,
    I like this ant story. We had in Germany a story about the ant and the cicada ( I think it is called here). The cicada makes music the whole summer and the ant asks why she is not gathering food for the wintertime. But the cicada continues to play music not thinking of the winter. The ants are busy and fill their storage and when it get cold the cicada dies, because she did not think and work hard and persistent as the ants.
    I loved to watch the ants as a kid, we can learn a lot from them.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Erika,
      Your story about the cicada and the ant is another good one are working hard and making preparations for tough times, in personal life or in business.
      I suppose a similar well-known story is the Three Little Pigs, where the one who built his house out of bricks was “the winner”.

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

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