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The Ant Philosophy

Jul 14, 2008
Jim Rohn has a very powerful philosophy that he calls the ant philosophy. He says that ants have a four-part philosophy.

1. An ant doesn't quit.

An ant doesn't worry about whether or not a task can be done or not. He just does it. He doesn't wonder if it's too tough. He just does it, until it's complete.

Ants follow what's called the "ant trail." They don't get lost as long as they follow the line. But sometimes, something obstructs their progress. The ant doesn't dismay at the lost trail. Instead, the ants look around until they find the trail again. Powerful stuff.

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 are thinking about winter all summer long.

You know...There's a pervasive philosophy in society that goes something like this, "Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die." Perhaps you've heard this philosophy before. You might even subscribe to this philosophy. You might want to look at the ants' philosophy.

Ants always remember that winter's coming. A day doesn't go by that they're not preparing. Do you prepare a little everyday?

3. Ants are thinking summer all winter.

They're no different than you or me. They like to be outside. They get cabin fever. But ants know that winter never lasts forever. At least it hasn't yet.

Of course, some winters are longer than others. But summer always comes. They sun will warm once again. Look forward to the day.

4. During the summer, ants gather all they possibly can. Rohn calls this the all-they-possibly-can philosophy.

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

But we never know the exact day that a particular season will start on. We never know when the snow will start falling. The time to prepare is now.

The Ant Philosophy summarized:

1. Don't ever, ever quit.

2. Remember winter is coming.

3. Summer is coming. Look forward to it.

4. Gather all-you-possibly-can.
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