I live in Kenya and we have beautiful lions! You never really get used to seeing a real life lion, it’s always epic. He walks confidently looking around; like he owns the place then does this terrifying roar just in case you hadn’t noticed. I love it.
The King of the Jungle can teach us a few things about being King in our chosen fields.
1. A lion is not the biggest or fastest or strongest animal in the jungle but he is the king
He looks at a gazelle and decides – that’s lunch. He works skilfully to make up for what he doesn’t have. Some lions hunt in pairs approaching the prey from opposite sides. One lion will spook the gazelle who runs off in the opposite direction, straight into the arms (or rather mouth) of the lion waiting on the other side. Brilliant Strategy! Brains not brawn.
- We can become king if we get ambitious, know our weaknesses and leverage our strengths to get there.
2. Out of every four hunting attempts, only one is successful
This could translate to; out of every four businesses you try, one is successful. The last job you got fired from does not define you, you can still succeed. The last two girls said no to you is not a life sentence, you’ll find your love.
- Failing at something doesn’t mean you should quit on your dream – you really can be the king.
3. Lions get injured a lot
Why is the king over ambitious targeting giraffes or buffalos when he could easily get squirrels? I suspect you are like the lion, wanting to play big and win big and that’s how it should be. Blood, sweat and tears are part of the journey to become the king of the jungle.
Staying safe and suppressing passion and ambition kills your soul.
Even with the blood dripping on his mane, he keeps fighting and could win, take the animal back to his family who take care of him till he recovers. If he realises he cannot win, he runs away, saves his life and lives to fight another day.
- Keep fighting, lean on your support system and yes, there is a time to run away, strategize and come back.
4. Lions can be becoming lazy scavengers
A lion can choose to wait for weaker animals to kill then show up, scare them with a mighty loud roar and steal from them. When a lion chooses to pursue a strong animal, it’s a choice to put aside mediocrity and become great.
You choose to be great when you choose to study an extra hour, choose to try a new strategy at the business, choose to forgive your partner one more time – Greatness is a choice.
- You have the potential; make the choice to be great.
Stop giving undue attention to your shortcomings, your imperfections and whatever else says you’ll never make it. You really do have what it takes – you are all that!