My name is Mike. According to Stefan Swanepoel, I am a crocodile.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Arts NC Broker License #235526

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...

 

Pearls Before Swine

 

Sometimes I would like to be more of a giraffe, gracious, gentle, empathetic, finding it easier to show I care.

 

NC Zoo 11.7.2009

 

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.

 

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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.)

 

NC Zoo

 

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.

 

NC Zoo 11.7.2009

 

Take the Quiz.  Find out what animal you are, your traits, and learn more about your skills.

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.

 

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Loreena and Michael Yeo
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Hi Croc - There are so many crocs here in the 'Rain. But very understandably so.

Feb 25, 2011 02:17 PM #1
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Hi, Loreena,

Yep, crocs make good things happen.  And provide zeebas with distrations...

Feb 25, 2011 02:19 PM #2
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Cynthia Larsen
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As a giraffe, I'm feeling a little nervous with all these crocs, lions, cheetahs and the sort.

Feb 25, 2011 05:56 PM #3
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Cynthia Larsen
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Oh, forgot to tell you that Pearls Before Swine is big here. Mr. Pastis lives in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County.

Feb 25, 2011 05:58 PM #4
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Maureen McCabe
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I am a croc too.

 

Feb 25, 2011 10:43 PM #5
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Mike Jaquish
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Cynthia,

I love it when Pastis thinks outside the panel, and has Rat address him directly.

Maureen,

Congratulations!

Feb 26, 2011 12:23 AM #6
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Mike, nice to meet a fellow Croc......  It is really quite exciting to meet others who are not crocs..... since there seem to be so many of us.

Feb 26, 2011 05:07 AM #7
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I'm a Graceful Giraffe, like Loreena, although 80% of real estate agents are crocs.  I must say, I also see a lot of croc in her as well as myself.  I guess our grace is our dominant quality, though!  Loved your cartoon!  Lived in Raleigh '81-'86 and loved every minute of it!

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Vickie,

It's not bad, being a crocodile... Hoping my future is not to be a belt or shoes.

Janna,

Actually, harboring a little crocodile seems to be appropriate for real estate agents. 

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Pamela Seley
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Mike, I like all the pictures in your post and the way you described the crocodile.  I'm the giraffe.  I look forward to reading the entire book.

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Pamela,

Thanks!

North Carolina has a great Zoological Park.  In March, they are having a photo safari, led by professional photographers.  I may have to go to that.  Maybe I can pick up shots of a mongoose and cheetah.

Feb 27, 2011 12:28 AM #11
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