After reading the preview of Surviving your Serengeti made available through Activerains Challenge and subsequently taking the quiz, I found myself thinking about how I function as an individual, interact with my family and how I operate my business, as these are all my Serengeti.
After taking the quiz and finding out my result, I began to wonder, can I really be just the enterprising crocodile because after reading the second chapter I believed I was the enduring wildebeest? Can I be a little of both? Maybe part wildebeest but with a generous dose of crocodile. And while I'm at it, I can be a graceful giraffe, risk-taking mongoose, strategic lion, efficient cheetah and a communicating elephant too.
Many times over the years I have had an opportunity to test my resilience, my determination, my ability to never give up and to think outside of the box. I've had to plan, take risks, concede defeat, explore new opportunities, be self-confident, humble, thoughtful, efficient, gracious, controlling or even aggressive.
Having come to the United States with just a 1 year old daughter on my hip, being mugged twice, loosing 2 of my best friends to heart disease, both hiding from and standing up to an abusive ex-husband, be self employed and starting a new business in a recession, be a single parent to 2 daughters, buy my own home, car and so on, so on, there are many times when I've had to be one wildlife or another.
That got me thinking that perhaps there's a little of all of them in everyone.
Because truthfully, who doesn't have a story to tell or an experience to relate. Who hasn't had to be something they are not used to or react to a situation that they would prefer not too. Who hasn't found themselves in an unbearable situation, where their reaction determines the outcome.
I think everyone has but it is how we all deal with them is what makes us different. Everyone deals with events differently, whether it is because of timing, resources, help or even prior experiences. We are all unique and we all have individual sets of skills, all maturing at different levels and all shaped because of different experiences, all measured in different doses. Recognizing and acting on the skill sets we have high doses of and more importantly the ones we only have in small doses, is what separates the truly successful from those who are not very successful at all.
Oh I don't mean one failure means your unsuccessful, not even a series of failures can mean that. It's how you respond to those failures, adapt and learn from them, never be discouraged or give up on them that makes the difference.
I think there is a little of all these Serengeti wildlife in all of us. We just have them in different doses. And although I may believe that I am the enduring wildebeest, I know that when it comes to the truly long haul, I am enterprising enough to overcome or adapt to any endurance I lack.
I like to think of myself as not just the enterprising crocodile but as a survivalist!
Everyone's journey of life is punctuated with hardships & failures. Some people will just stop in their tracks, afraid to move or make a decision. Some will even wallow in self-pity and make claims that they can't handle it but it's during those times, those times which can range from merely uncomfortable to traumatic that you are given the opportunity to shine.
This is your chance to truly reach inside yourself, find out out what stuff your made of and turn the situation around. These are the times when you learn what your strengths are and your weaknesses. What you are capable of handling yourself and what you recognize you need help with. It is how you react to these struggles and failures that determine your levels of success.
You can never be a success without running the risk of failure otherwise you cannot claim to succeed.