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.
Second, 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
No 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.