I took the quiz. It says I am a crocodile. Opportunistic. Enterprising. Creative. Self-confident. Self-sufficient. Willing to sacrifice for visualized long-term results. Hoping to engender the same in the people around me. Wanting to do it, like Frank Sinatra, My Way.
Is all that in my DNA, or learned behavior, or even accurate? Do I have a "clear mission?" Maybe. Maybe not? Maybe I should clarify my missions better.
At his fabulously entertaining keynote address at Keller Williams Family Reunion 2011, Stefan Swanepoel said I can share traits with other animals of the Serengeti. And that I can grow wise enough to attract complementary traits that I need, in people with whom I choose to associate.
That I have the tools to Survive my Serengeti.
Me, a crocodile? Puts me in good company. Gary Keller is a crocodile. On the other hand, so is Larry, in the comic strip, Pearls Before Swine. Hmmmm... Given a choice, I may choose to emulate Gary, not Larry.
Yeah, I'm passing up the opportunity to be enterprising and creative like Larry...
Sometimes I would like to be more of a giraffe, gracious, gentle, empathetic, finding it easier to show I care.
Or to enjoy the efficiency of the cheetah. Built to finish the task quickly.
And I surely admire the elephant, with its communication skills, family values and community-building nature.
Swanepoel compares the wildebeest to the American Bison, in build and behavior. If I were more of a wildebeest, my nature would make me press on without thinking that I need to. There would be no alternative, unlike relying on my conscious and continuing recognition of the need to push myself to endure.
(I don't have a wildebeest photo, so, croc that I am, thinking laterally, I am pushing ahead with this bison snapshot.)
When I think of the wildebeest, I think of Calvin Coolidge, 31st President of the U. S., and his quote on Persistence: " Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." Coolidge just may have been inspired by the wildebeest.
But, I'll work with being a crocodile, one of the longer living residents of the Serengeti, and work at being a creative opportunist, working at associating with and helping great friends and partners.
Accept the ActiveRain Surviving Your Serengeti Challenge. It will make you think about your abilities, and how you are dependent on the cooperation of those around you.