7 skills to master business and life


Entrepreneurs need to know and understand themselves. By being clear about who you are, your strengths, and your weaknesses, your relationships (both business and personal) will greatly improve.

In Stefan Swanepoel’s best-selling book, Surviving Your Serengeti, he shares seven essential business and life skills through seven of nature’s magnificent animals. There’s even a quiz called What Animal Am I? to help you figure out which one best represents you.

The strategic lion

The strategic lion

“Even for the king of the jungle, a meal requires a plan otherwise he goes hungry. It’s all about organizing and utilizing our resources, encompassing multiple concepts: thoughts, ideas, experiences, skills, expertise and expectations in accomplishing a desired goal. Planning is a key part in developing solutions to all problems.”

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The enterprising crocodile

The enterprising crocodile

“If like the crocodile you are an enterprising and resourceful person you see the opportunities by keeping your mind open and active. You understand that by being creative, confident and bold enough to seize the opportunities that present themselves, and you have the ability to influence the outcome of future events.”

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The enduring wildebeest

The enduring wildebeest

“Like the wildebeest, endurance for us in its simplest form is the ability to exert ourselves for relatively long periods of time. More specifically, it’s all about the ability to withstand hardship and stress. We need to remain steadfast and persistent in the face of obstacles. It‘s often not the fastest nor the strongest one that wins the race, it’s the one that stays the course and goes the distance.”

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The risk-taking mongoose

The risk-taking mongoose

“Like the mongoose, taking risks requires evaluation of all the options before a decision is made. Entrepreneurs have the ability to overcome the fear associated with the risk, seeing an opportunity and willing to assume the risk associated at overcoming the potential pitfalls.”

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The communicating elephant

The communicating elephant

“The elephant shows us that the art of good communication depends on both verbal and non-verbal signals. Within each parcel of words we deliver is buried a non-verbal message that provides insight into what the words really mean. Skilled communicators understand the need and nuances of both.”

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The efficient cheetah

The efficient cheetah

“The cheetah clearly illustrates how “finishing the job” in the shortest possible time with the least amount of wasted resources lead to success. Key is the ability to overcome interruptions, distractions, mistakes, mental and physical fatigue and to focus on being effective and able to produce the desired result.”

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The graceful giraffe

The graceful giraffe

“The giraffe symbolizes the broad meaning of the word “grace”. While some see grace in human terms as one’s elegance or charm, for others it’s divine in origin and represents that indispensable gift for the development, improvement and expansion of one’s character and the ability to rise above the negative events of time.”

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Excerpts are taken from Stefan Swanepoel’s book, Surviving Your Serengeti.

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