Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,
My favorite modern day philosopher is a gentleman by the name of Jim Rohn. Jim was a great business philosopher whose teachings can be applied to many areas of life. Although Jim Rohn passed in 2009, his talks and seminars can be seen on YouTube and his many programs are still available today. One of my favorite stories was something that Jim called “The Ant Philosophy.”
Jim spoke about goals and the resolve that it takes to reach them. He said that we should all be like ants. Ants are determined, they will do whatever they have to do in order to reach their objective. He said, “If you put a barrier in front of an ant, it will find a way to get past the barrier.”
An ant will go around, under or through a barrier until it reaches its goal. Here’s the interesting thing…. Ants will not stop until they succeed, or they die trying. Here are key lessons from Linked In that we can learn from ANTS:
Perseverance: ants are tiny but untiring insects. They never give up until they accomplish their goals. Have you ever tried to stop an ant while trying to reach a destination? It may shift right or left, climb over or under, but an ant will never quit. An example that Mr. Rohn used of the ant philosophy was, “How much time would you give a baby to learn how to walk before you said, enough is enough?” Any mother or father in their right mind would say, “My baby is going to keep trying until he learns to walk.”
There’s something magical about that word….. Until! It’s one word that with the proper definition means – No matter what. Accomplished people understand the phrase “I’ll do it until.”
There is a fire that burns brightly in people who embrace noble goals and disciplines. They develop the resolve to keep moving forward until they reach their goals. It’s available to all of us. We can elevate ourselves to a level of achievement not known in common hours.
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King
“Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.” – Knute Rockne
“I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Set your goals high, and don't stop until you get there....
Yours in Rotary,