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Jim Rohn's The Ant Philosophy

Jul 13, 2008
Jim Rohn has a very powerful philosophy that he calls the ant philosophy. He says that ants have a four-part philosophy.

1. Ants never quit.

Ants don't worry about the details. They just do. Their job is to gather food. That's all they do, and they're very good at it. They don't quit.

What about when you disrupt their ant line? The ants will search and search until they relocate the scent.

Don't give up. The scent's around here somewhere. You were on the right path. If you weren't, you can find it. Look around. And remember, never, ever give up.

2. Ants think winter all summer.

Why do they think winter? Because during the winter, they won't be able to gather food. The summer's all the time they have. Sometimes we spend too much time enjoying the summer that we don't prepare for the inevitable winter. I'm not saying that you shouldn't enjoy the summer. You should. But always remember, winter is coming.

The ants think more on the lines of "gather, gather, gather for tomorrow we die." They know the winter is coming. They prepare while everything is going well, while the weather is beautiful. We winter comes it is too late.

3. Ants think summer all winter.

I live in Minnesota. Sometimes it seems that summer won't be coming this year. But it always does. Ants know this. Winter never lasts forever.

The same is true in our lives. Our lows will pass. We'll feel the warm on our faces again. The plenty will come again. Even the Ice Age eventually ended.

4. During the summer, ants gather all they can. Jim Rohn has named this the all-they-possibly-can philosophy. Makes sense.

The seasons follow the same order. Always. Don't be surprised that winter follows fall. It's always the same.

But sometimes we're surprised by an early snowstorm. Or a colder than normal winter. Don't be surprised, be prepared.

The Ant Philosophy summarized:

1. Don't quit.

2. Winter is coming. Prepare during the summer.

3. Summer is coming. Look forward to it.

4. Remember to do all-you-possibly-can.
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The author: Brian Sylvan reviews articles from the world's foremost successful training coaches at Success Coaches Online. Read each of his reviews of Jim Rohn articles.
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