There's a Crocodile in the Raleigh Area! - Surviving Your Serengeti by Stefan Swanepoel

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Surviving Your SerengetiSurviving You Serengeti 7 Skills to Master Business and Life by Stefan Swanepoel.

Whether there was a challenge or not, that was 42 pages of pure enjoyment! And I'm glad I had the opportunity to be introduced to this book.

After reading the two chapters, I took the quiz.... twice. I even had someone who knows me quite well take it for me, as if they were me. I all three instances the results were the same. I am the enterprising crocodile!

The Enterprising Crocodile's got me!

The Enterprising Crocodile, according to the quiz results, extols the following characteristics:

    * The ability to “think outside the box” when facing difficult problems and developing solutions.
    * A dedication to advancing both yourself and your organization through a clear mission, while fostering a culture that supports and encourages imaginative and creative solutions.
    * The determination to succeed, which also lends itself to another important trait for enterprising individuals: self-confidence.
    * The tendency to spend a lot of time working alone—something that’s paramount to business success. This emphasizes entrepreneurs’ understanding of sacrifice, and how short-term hard work will pay off with long-term rewards.

I am definitely one who can "think outside of the box" as I'm sure, for any of you who follow my blog posts, can attest to.

I have always encouraged imagination and creativity in problem solving.

I have plenty of self confidence in my abilities and a determination to succeed.

Although I love working with people, I do spend a lot of time working alone.

There's one more thing though. I understand the "short term hard work for long time rewards" concept. Work hard now and you won't have to later. I learned this a long time ago, have always believed in it, and it's a trait that I have passed on to my child.

All in all, no matter which animal I would have ended up being, Surviving Your Serengeti is a wonderful read. I'm looking forward to the book's release. Well done Stefan!

Read the 1st two chapters of Surviving Your Serengeti.

Then take the quiz!

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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Craig, that was a short speech. May be, you can continue after my 'Congratulation' comment. And make sure it is at least 200 words or more.

(Stefan told me that you get the book only if your 'acceptance' comments are at least equivalent to the shortest chapter of the

Mar 01, 2011 03:56 AM #40
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Praful - Ha! Ha! Ha! Well played my friend!

Mar 01, 2011 04:53 AM #41
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Craig you ARE a Croc - of what though I'm not sure of yet, but give me a minute... ☺
, congratulations on making it to the finals!  But was there any question???  This is a great "out of the box" crocE way to review this super book! 
Now I just can't wait to read  "rest of the story!"

A Graceful Giraffe in Raleigh

Mar 01, 2011 04:55 AM #42
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Love the photo of you in the croc's mouth. Congratulations!

Mar 01, 2011 06:04 AM #43
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Pamela - Yeah, I'm a croc of something all right! Thank you for the kudos though! I truly did enjoy the excerpt. Looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

Chris Ann - I love that you love my "creation"! Not my best work, but I'm still learning Photoshop.

Mar 01, 2011 06:24 AM #44
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Craig--Congratulations on being a contest winner.  Love the photo with the croc!

Mar 01, 2011 09:18 AM #45
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

Congrat's on being chosen, bet there aren't to many Croc's in NC besides yourself!

Mar 01, 2011 10:22 AM #46
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Craig - a big congrats on being featured in the newsletter from ActiveRain re: the Serengeti....  you deserve it! Best, Gay

Mar 01, 2011 10:26 AM #47
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Craig - Great job on this post and congratulations on being one of the Challenge winners!  I noticed my book already shipped from Amazon.  Can't wait to finish it!

Mar 01, 2011 10:36 AM #48
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Craig, you are definiately a "Box, what box?" kind of guy in the best way! Congratulations on being one of the Big 8! Also love the shot of you in the croc's mouth, too funny! BTW I am a croc also :)

Mar 01, 2011 10:41 AM #49
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Janet - Why thank you Janet! Much appreciated!

Steven - I'm thinking that crocs aren't indigenous to the central NC region!

Gay - Thank you Gay! I was rather humbled and definitely honored to be featured.

DeeDee - I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book. The excerpt was definitely a fun read. Enjoy your copy DeeDee!

Sharon - What's a box?!!! The croc pic was an oldie but a goodie for me. Check out tomorrow's post. I have some classic "creations" that I'll be sharing with everyone!

Mar 01, 2011 11:27 AM #50
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Craig, I'm a croc too.  Thinking outside the box has helped my team survive these hard times.  We've been confronted with negative attitudes daily, but ended up the top agents for our area this year.

Mar 01, 2011 12:30 PM #51
Mitch Gover - Orlando, FL

Craig, I just took the test earlier today from the facebook page, and I too, am a croc.  I think I prefer a Gator though as I'm a Florida grad.  It was pretty much dead on I think.  There's certainly nothing wrong with bucking trends and not settling for the status quo.  Have a great night.

Mar 01, 2011 01:00 PM #52
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Hey, Craig! Who's that croc who has you in its mouth in the graphic? Tell us it ain't so. Another croc could not have gotten to you! Just kidding--it's a very cute "out of the box" graphic. Congratulations on winning the challenge!

Mar 01, 2011 01:09 PM #53
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Beautiful review and a great photo of you as always, LOL!  This book is going to go places!

Mar 02, 2011 01:09 AM #54
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Kay - We have to think outside of the box to survive in these tough times and to be ahead of the pack in the good times as well.

Mitch - Maintaining status quo will put you out of business quicker than you can say "Go Gators"!!!

Liz - Thank you Liz! I had some fun putting this one together AND reading the excerpt from the book.

Renee - This is typically not the genre of book that I read. But the excerpt from Surviving Your Serengeti was a good one. I think it's going to be a huge hit.

Mar 02, 2011 01:58 AM #55
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Great post, Croc! I'm a giraffe! I love the picture! What a great challenge!

Mar 02, 2011 02:09 AM #56
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Sylvie  -It was definitely a great challenge and a great read too. Watch out for sore throats my giraffe friend!

Mar 02, 2011 03:39 AM #57
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Craig, congratulations on being a challenge winner, my crocodile friend! I have to tell you the photo of you in the croc's mouth is a hoot...what awesome Photoshop skills you have! :)


Mar 05, 2011 12:38 PM #58
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Leilani - Than you Leilani! I was humbled and honored to be named as one of the winners. There were a lot of great entries.

Mar 06, 2011 12:57 AM #59
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