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.
I 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"