Surviving Your Serengeti: Published to National Acclaim

Services for Real Estate Pros with New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker

Surviving Your Serengeti is Published to National Acclaim!

#2 – Amazon Business & Investing
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#1 – Amazon Self Help
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#1 – Amazon Outdoors & Nature
#1 – Amazon Health, Mind & Body
#1 – Amazon Personal Transformation

and #2 – Amazon Top 100 All Books (link currently showing #2 as of 2/28/2011)

The support from the real estate industry for my venture into business-fable writing has been incredible - from industry leaders, brokers and agents, companies and from friends like you here at ActiveRain!!

The ActiveRain Serengeti Challenge has not only contributed to the exposure and interest in Surviving Your Serengeti, but produced hundreds and hundreds of great reviews! I think I read them all, and from the bottom of my heart say thank you to each and every one of you.

Below are the eight blog posts that caught my attention and in some way made me feel that they really understood a part of the wisdom I was trying to share. There were so many amazing posts to choose from and no way to be able to highlight all the amazing posts. So again, thank you to everyone for starting the fable and I hope you get a chance to finish it.

Stefan Swanepoel

Author: Surviving Your Serengeti : 7 Skills to Master Business & Life

I AM Surviving My Serengeti, Because I Have What It Takes” by William James Walton of Connecticut

Truly a refreshing new perspective on how to see the challenging times” says Emily Medvec of New Mexico

I am intrigued after reading the book's first two chapters” says Liz Lockhart of Missouri

I did what I had to do to survive” says Chris Ann Cleland, of Virginia

Pure enjoyment” says Craig Rutman of North Carolina

How does having giraffe qualities help me in my real estate business” according to Leilani Souza of California

A better adventure, into the Serengeti of my Life” says Barb Van Stensel of Illinois

A best seller is about to hit the market” says Lee & Pamela St. Peter of North Carolina

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Comments (69)

Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Stefan, just stopped by to congratulate you on the book.  I did buy it...currently in the process of reading it.  I absolutely agree with the endurance aspect...I've done that all my life...also made a habit of knowing my competition and the lay of the land in my business environment. 

Mar 01, 2011 01:31 PM
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

The first two chapters reminded me so much of my three weeks in South Africa and Botswana a few years ago, can't wait to read the rest of the book!

Mar 01, 2011 02:50 PM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

I am really excited to get this book! The first 2 chapters were great! Thank you for your contribution!

Mar 02, 2011 01:37 AM
David Evans
HUD NLB Cumming GA

Great post, very timely and kudos to you on your success!

Mar 03, 2011 03:53 AM
Rob Magnotta
Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Irvine REALTOR - Huntington Beach, CA
Huntington Beach & Newport Beach Coastal Specialist

Hi Stefan, I haven't read it yet, but with all these reviews, it's certainly peaked my interest.

Mar 03, 2011 09:44 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sefan, Congrats to you as well as all the Winners of the Contest. We will all be winners once we read the book as well:))

Mar 03, 2011 12:02 PM
Reno, NV

Stefan, "How Do You Like Me Now?" As a Croc. I am trying to accept my new image according to my characteristics....... its a good thing I LOVE to swim!  Congratulations on a huge and successful launch of the book here at Active Rain.  The "Surviving Your Own Serengeti" Challenge was "fun", and I learned how to re-post my post to comments at the Challenge..... so I learned something new!


I plan to get the book through and continue Ashley and Sean's adventure as well as the lesson(s) to be learned through reading the book. Sincerely,..... 

Mar 03, 2011 04:09 PM
Stefan Swanepoel
New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker - Ladera Ranch, CA

THANK YOU to all Rainers that participated in the ActiveRain Serengeti Challenge. The response was incredible!! I am thrilled and grateful that so many of you enjoyed the fable.

WINNERS: Pls email DJ ( your shipping address so I can send you your authographed copy of Surviving Your Serengeti.

TO EVERYONE: Please help me by posting your review (or even a small part thereof) on For obvious reasons I can't review my own book and my publicist says that having a few hundred reviews will go a long way in establishing creditability and show strong interest for the book. In a subtle way it will also help you get your name out :-)

Here is the link.

Once again...THANK YOU!

Stefan Swanepoel
Author : Surviving Your Serengeti

Mar 04, 2011 01:05 PM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Stefan, as per my e-mail her is my link.

Serengeti Book, What animal am I?

I wish you continued success!

Mar 05, 2011 03:11 AM
Royal LePage Connect Realty - Toronto, ON

This is an quite the marketing effort to launch a book. You have given us a taste, a forum to express our opinions and reviews already on Amazon. Google juice will love this one. Well done.

Mar 07, 2011 02:20 AM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Stefan, thanks for posting the info for challenge winners to receive your book! I will bookmark this post as a reminder to post my review on when I'm done reading it. :)


Mar 07, 2011 08:14 AM
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Wow, your book is getting the momentum I hoped it would.  Congrats on the stats!

Mar 07, 2011 08:46 AM
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

Just got my book in the mail today Stefan!!! I was very excited to get it! I am already half way done! Enjoying it very much.

Mar 10, 2011 10:15 AM
Stefan Swanepoel
New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker - Ladera Ranch, CA

Today Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business & Life received national recognition by being listed as a Top 10 best seller by the New York Times (#4), USA Today Money (#2) and the The Wall Street Journal (#6). This follows the ranking last week as a best seller by both Barnes and Noble (#2) and (#2).

Thank you for the huge support everyone!!

Mar 10, 2011 03:19 PM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Congratulations, all your hard work paid off.

Mar 13, 2011 09:38 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Success could not come to a nicer or more knowledgeable person. I was so impressed with your session last week. You were awesome. Thanks for taking the photo with me..You Can't Tell a Book By Its Cover! 

                                                             Stefan and Margaret Rome

Mar 19, 2011 03:46 PM
Stefan Swanepoel
New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker - Ladera Ranch, CA

Thanks Dennis and Terri. I am thrilled.


May 03, 2011 12:58 PM
Stefan Swanepoel
New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker - Ladera Ranch, CA

Hi Margaret, I am so glad you enjoyed my talk and thank you for stopping by and sharing with me the "Rome" way!

May 03, 2011 01:00 PM
Stefan Swanepoel
New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker - Ladera Ranch, CA

The response to the original Serengeti ActiveRain challenge was so overwhelming (review of my new book), and I read so many touching stories of people that have overcome their own “Serengeti” that I decided to create an opportunity that would enable people to “Share Their Serengeti.”

Perhaps it’s an illness, loss of a loved one or financial troubles in this tough economy. No matter what, tell your inspiring story today and encourage others with your strength, tenacity and grace.

 See my new post on the Serengeti website at


May 03, 2011 01:01 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Just stopped by to say that I

Happy Fourth of July!

Jul 04, 2011 06:27 AM