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A Tale of Self-Discovery & Determination

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A Tale of Self-Discovery & Determination

I just started reading "Surviving your Serengeti" by Stefan Swanepoel and was fascinated with this tale of self-discovery and the parallel of my own life in this book.  Much like the character, Sean Spencer, I built my business from the ground up and have found the economic struggles of the past few years to present an interesting challenge to my real estate businesses.


wildebeest migration

When your environment changes, sometimes you and your business approach have to change, too. 

In Sean Spencer's case, he found renewed motivation within himself through the observations of his brilliant friend, Zachariah, who studied animals in the wild.  Zachariah thought by studying each animal's unique skills and roles in the circle of life, he could apply it to the human race and how we survive through determination in the business world. 


Within the first 2 Chapters of the book, you learn that the wildebeest are the dominant species in the Serengeti, far outnumbering the other animals there.  This really proves that you don't have to be the strongest, fastest, or smartest "animal" in your own jungle... just the most determined.  If you can understand your limits and work within them, you can prosper and go far.



2 lions in tree


To keep that fighting spirit alive, it helps if you have a business partner, friend or spouse to support and encourage you.  


My wife has been an essential component in my personal and business life.  If you can't find that endurance within yourself or if you temporarily lose your way, it's nice to have someone encouraging you along the way.  Enduring together is better than enduring alone-  What an incredible lesson!


If you are curious about this book, visit the ActiveRain Challenge Blog and you can read the first 2 Chapters for free!  


Interested to know what "animal" you are?  

Take the "What Animal Am I?" Quiz!





David Artigliere in Alaska


David Artigliere with ARTI Home Inspections LLC has a Master's Degree in Engineering and has been a ASHI-Certified Home Inspector for over 10 years. 

Visit us at www.artihomeinspections.com or call (610) 220-1907 to find out more!



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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas.Ā 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi David - I read the first two chapters.  It is still survival of the fittest.

Feb 19, 2011 11:59 AM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Does your photo imply that you came out as a lion?

Feb 20, 2011 08:18 AM
Stefan Swanepoel
New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker - Ladera Ranch, CA

My wife is a wildebeest and she will agree with you 100%!

Thanks for the review.

Stefan Swanepoel
Author: Surviving Your Serengeti

Feb 20, 2011 10:02 AM
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Actually, Karen, my wife came out a lion and myself as a Crocodile.  I just couldn't find a picture of these 2 animals getting along! haha.

Feb 21, 2011 08:26 AM
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

David, great post. Another croc! Everyone who took this quiz seems to be a croc. Can you be a friend with a giraffe?

Feb 25, 2011 04:25 PM
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Yes, I've met quite a few crocs as well!  I think in the business world, all of us animals can be friends :)

Feb 26, 2011 01:59 PM
Anna Gibbs
Keller Williams Realty Hudson Valley United - Middletown, NY
CEO/Team Leader, Coach, Dream Activist

Hi I am a Mongoose!

I haven't read the book yet, however I heard Stefan speak about the book when he debuted it at the most recent Keller Williams Family Reunion in Anaheim, CA.  Great stuff!

Mar 11, 2011 01:22 PM