I'm a Wildebeest, just hope I don't look like one!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast
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I just finished reading the first two chapters of "Surviving Your Serengeti, 7 Skills to Master Business and Life" by Stefan Swanepoel and must say it was a refreshing business read.  I enjoy the fact that it reads more like a good story than a typical dry business book.  

It starts out with Sean, a guy who's so deeply engulfed in his business, he actually appears to be disappointed in obtaining the rare opportunity to travel to Africa.  He's upset his crackberry can't get any bars upon their arrival and initially seems to be pouting like a 5 year old upon their arrival.  They arrive at their accommodations and that's where his his whole attitude slowly began to change....

Even before taking the quiz, I found that much of what Zachariah explained about the wildebeest, in some ways, explained why I'm still sticking it out in the Real Estate Profession.  

Surviving Your SerengetiI started real estate in 2008 which is when we'd already started to see some of the "bust"...I figured it was the perfect time to start because I could begin in a time where I wasn't fooled with things coming easily (I hear there was a time when all you needed was a pulse to do well in real estate due to the massive amount of activity in the market) and felt it would prepare me to thrive when others (who started during the boom) would panic and essentially fall to the wayside.

I stayed optimistic in 2008, 2009, and the first part of 2010.  I started 2010 off with of lot of prospects and felt things were turning around...Well, it ended up being a really frustrating year full of clients with cold feet and putting things on the back burner.  After adding up my expenses vs. income (I'm actually embarrassed to admit this) I actually lost a few thousand dollars last year.  I got to a point where I was questioning whether or not I should even try to stick this thing out and become one of those many casualties who don't make it in this business.  

Right around the time I'm questioning whether or not I should be doing "this", my office closed it's doors which made me think this was a sign of some sort...Either "Yes. I should give up real estate and run as fast as I can" OR "Try a fresh start with a new company"...Well, I chose the latter and am determined to make this thing work!

Back to the book...

As I'm reading Zachariah's comparison of the Wildebeest and our human traits some things resonated with me: "People frequently give up too soon. However, people who exhibit single-minded determination understand that it’s often not the fastest or the strongest one that wins the race — it’s the one that stays the course and goes the full distance."  I find that I frequently give up or get bored with things that really aren't important to me, so I figure there must be a reason why I keep trying to find ways to make this work.  These traits aren't applicable only to my quest to become a real estate mogul, they also apply to many of the tings I do.  I find that there are many things in life that I simply WILL NOT GIVE UP ON until I solve the puzzle or find the solution and I've been this way as long as I can remember.

At this point, I'm thinking "OK Zachariah, your explanation of the Wildebeest makes total sense and my guess is most people reading this can see traits of the wildebeest in themselves but I think I'm a lion or cheetah or tiger (I wanted to be a beautiful and powerful animal) so I go ahead and take the quiz....

Guess what I am?  The wildebeest!  And you know, as I read though the characteristics of the wildebeest, many of them do seem to reflect who I am as a person!  I also found that it was really surprising that at the time I took the quiz only 7% were Wildebeest while the majority were either a crocodile, giraffe, or elephant...Now I've got to get my hands on this book to see what the traits for each of these animals are!

In the end, I know the wildebeest inside of me will help me reach new heights and become that super successful person I so strongly desire to be!

What's YOUR animal type?  Did it surprise you?

This post was inspired by the "Surviving Your Serengeti: An ActiveRain Challenge"

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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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I have taken the quiz (giraffe), downloaded the book chapters, working on the read. Nice post! Great effort!

Feb 20, 2011 08:11 AM #1
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Bill & Cyndi Daves
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Ok, after reading about this from two people I'm off to take the quiz!

Feb 20, 2011 08:19 AM #2
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Anita Clark
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Stay the course Chanda, it's so worth the effort...from a fellow Wildebeest.  ;-) 

Feb 20, 2011 08:32 AM #3
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Chanda Barrick
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Thank you Gary!  This was one of those posts that was easy to write.  Unfortunately, I probably was a bit TOO wordy!

Thank you Anita, strange how easily I could relate to much of what was described of the Wildebeest...

Feb 20, 2011 08:35 AM #4
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Andrea Swiedler
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Chanda, great post! I am a croc, which disappointed me to no end, but after reading the decsription I understood, and understood where my weakness is.

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Feb 20, 2011 09:07 AM #5
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Chanda Barrick
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Thanks Andrea, I'm honored! :) 

Feb 20, 2011 09:21 AM #6
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Chanda - What an honest and transparent post. When you decribed the Wildebeast, I was reminded of the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. The Tortoise wins every time.

Feb 20, 2011 10:59 AM #7
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Chanda Barrick
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Loreena, perfect example!!!!  I'll admit sometimes I can be the hare.  Sometimes I am a "RESULTS NOW" kind of person when I really need to slow myself down and think of a better way to approach things. Thanks for reminding me of that!

Feb 20, 2011 12:51 PM #8
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Chanda with your story you are the perfect example of a Wildebest - yikes you started in 2008, office shut down in 2010 and you still endured and stuck it out.  Determination is your strength!  I think there is going to be a lot us looking within ourselves with this 'animal' journey - cool stuff.

Feb 20, 2011 03:22 PM #9
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Chanda Barrick
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Anna, call me crazy for sticking with it, but deep down I feel like I'm meant to keep at this one. 

Feb 20, 2011 06:54 PM #10
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Linda Humphrey
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Chanda - Really enjoyed your post. I think Wildebeest are sort of cute, but I can understand your initial dismay. I think I might have preferred "Terminator", lol! But there is no question that Wildebeest are enormously successful, as I have no doubt you will be.

Feb 20, 2011 11:16 PM #11
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Brenda & Ron Cunningham
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Thanks for sharing!  Here is to a bright future!

Feb 20, 2011 11:19 PM #12
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Chanda Barrick
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Thank you Linda.  Terminator, hmmm annihilating the competition!  Works for me!  :)  

Thanks for reading Brenda/Ron!

Feb 21, 2011 08:39 AM #13
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Sylvie Stuart
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Awesome, Chanda!! I'm a giraffe! I thought for sure I was a wildebeest!=) Great story so far, huh?=)

Feb 21, 2011 10:20 AM #14
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
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Chanda, no, I don't think  you look like a wildebeest... :-).  I also took the quiz hoping to be one thing and turning out to be another...Have a great weekend!

Feb 26, 2011 09:07 AM #15
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Chanda Barrick
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I'd be interested to get the rest of the story Sylvie.  I see the book is out because our team leader came back from family reunion with one...

Haha, thanks Silvia.  I'm OK with being a wildebeest...It means I'm build to last!  Hope you have a good weekend too!

Feb 26, 2011 01:55 PM #16
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Chanda, I'm a crocodile and Frank is a wildebeest. I had to get over the idea of what we think of crocodiles before really enjoying who I am! S

Feb 27, 2011 01:19 AM #17
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Chanda Barrick
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Sharon, now there's another book idea!  "Who's your best animal match!"  :)

Feb 27, 2011 06:14 AM #18
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Cindy Marchant
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Hi Chanda...you have endurance! And you are right in this business you have to have that. I am the Cheetah.  Hope things are going better in 2011!

Cindy in Indy

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