Today's Food For Thought: The Powerful Message From The King of The Jungle! 

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"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion." - Alexander the Great

From the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans to the culturally rich Ancient Chinese, lions symbolized various cultures around the world at different times.

The undisputed King of the Jungle is the lion. One of the strongest animals in the world is not only known for its outer beauty but also its unique character.

The lion exudes absolute power. We have heard many stories: the lion depicts courage, bravery, strength, loyalty, and leadership. 

No one dares to confront or provoke the King of the Jungle!

Still, that doesn't mean lions don't experience hardships or challenges. Life in the jungle is never easy, and they know how to get through tough times.

So, let's look at what this impressive animal can teach us.

Don't Be Afraid Of Failure

Did you know that lions fail eight out of ten times while hunting? You probably wouldn't expect this from the King of the Jungle – they also make their fair share of mistakes.

However, once they fail in hunting, they use it to fine-tune their skills. That means they will be able to catch bigger prey in the future.

We should do the same – embrace our failures! In every mistake, there is a learning opportunity.

Remember To Set Goals

Lions are an excellent example that setting a goal is the best driving force. Although the majestic animal has just one purpose in life, to survive. To defend their territory, they aren't afraid to face any dangers.

Set a goal (or several) for your life and work toward achieving them. What is integral to fulfilling your quest is making the most of every day—seizing it by its throat and extracting every last drop of joy and purpose!

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

It is no secret that lions are pack animals. When they go for the kill, they work as a team.

As independent professionals, we are often afraid to ask for help or support. Somehow "asking" has become a lost art! Some believe it may delineate weakness. Don't make this mistake!

Maintaining a good relationship with people around you is crucial for success and happiness.  

Don't Take Life Too Seriously

The lives of lions can be harsh. There is constantly something to be wary of. Still, they don't let everyday challenges spoil their fun. They spend quite some time resting and playing around with their pride members.

Setting aside worries and work responsibilities is not easy, but it is crucial for your well-being. When you are at home, put in the effort to spend time with your family, and those who matter. 

Stand Up For Yourself

One of the most important rules of life is choosing your battles wisely. You will never see a lion constantly yelling or whining, and the entire jungle shakes around them with a lion's roar!

Don't waste your time or anger on people and problems that don't deserve your attention. Nonetheless, know when to stand up for yourself.

A strong "yes" to what matters to you most will make it easier to say "no" to all the clutter that may be unimportant. Move forward with your desires without guilt. 

Whether in business, or everyday life, once every while, connecting with your "inner lion" is a good thing. 

 "It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life." – Elizabeth Kenny

"Whatever you do, do it like a lion, wholeheartedly" – Harsh Tiwari. 

This post is from another one of Carol Williams' Goldmine of Inspirations. Thank you, Carol.

Enjoy Your Day!


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I have wandered from a vibrant corner of the world
to the majestic Olympic Peninsula in Washington.
I am now retired after a successful career of 22 years as a real estate pro.

I am ready to pursue my lifelong passion for writing!
I invite you to follow my new journey via the posts on
my new writing website, "Written by Aura Alex."

So, don't forget to swing by my website as I continue to update it with fresh new content that I know you'll love.

— Aura Alex


Comments (52)

Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Leanne Smith 

Thank you for your comment.  Your post piques my interest. I look forward to reading it later today.

Aug 22, 2022 09:39 AM
Matt Brady
Watermark Capital - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

What a great post. I really wish our society and younger people, in particular, would learn to embrace failure, so they could experience the euphoria of succeeding over the challenge.

Aug 22, 2022 10:17 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Aura there is so much packed into this very wise post.  And I had the same thoughts that Carol Williams had when I read the quote.

I do appreciate the opening quote by Alexander the Great. I do fear that is what's happening now in this country.


Aug 22, 2022 01:37 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Brian L. Sirota, Esq. 

For some reason, I didn't get a notification from your reply. So, I'm starting a new comment section. Saw your note just now.

I learned about Alpha females (African elephant and Bonobo) from one of my Leadership training years ago. I have been fascinated by both female elephants and bonobos. 

"While male bonobos are bigger and stronger than females, it's the females that collectively rule the roost."

You have just given me the assignment to write about Bonobo for my Sunday posts. I'm happy to do that! Thank you for this, Brian.


Aug 22, 2022 03:09 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Matt Brady 

I agree that we need to embrace failure and learn from it. Thank you for being here.

Aug 22, 2022 03:12 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Aura,

Using the Lion analogy is a great way to make your point.  Have a great work week!

Aug 22, 2022 03:22 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 

We cannot change the world today, but we can hang on to Faith, not Fear. Fear would paralyze us. 

I want to believe there are enough "lions" out there that can pull this country out of the mud and get it shined again!

Aug 22, 2022 03:36 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Trust me...I believe and know....

Aug 22, 2022 08:23 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Thank you, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® for being here to comment.

I wish the same right back to you, have a productive week!

Aug 22, 2022 03:38 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi again Aura,
I'd be doing more than "roaring" if I ate 70 hamburgers in any form. LOL  I'd probably be in the ER. 

I have an idea for your next post (or sometime). How about what we can learn from trees?

Aug 22, 2022 04:24 PM
Aura Alex

Carol Williams, my roaring noise would not be because of "chest thumping", but more of an excruciating "pain in my stomach" after that much meat! LOL!

Aug 22, 2022 04:48 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

OK, Carol Williams, got it; Trees post after my new assignment on Bonobo given to me by Brian L. Sirota, Esq. a few minutes before you.

But rest assured, I will complete all my assignments. I love that readers give me ideas!!

My new motto for the week: "Have Keyboard Will Write!" 💻

Aug 22, 2022 04:44 PM
Carol Williams

I'll wait my turn.  😁

Aug 22, 2022 05:28 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Alot of meat in this post ... so much to be taught and learned. Thank you!  From a Lioness in the Jungle!

Aug 23, 2022 07:52 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Diana Dahlberg 

"Lioness in the Jungle" I like that.

All the best to you and the Lionesses out there! Show the world we can "roar" just as loud!!🦁

Aug 23, 2022 08:34 AM
Diana Dahlberg

You betcha!  This Lioness is not sleeping!

Aug 23, 2022 10:31 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Never heard that line from A the great...good one. 

Aug 24, 2022 06:56 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow Aura another powerful post so glad it got Featured! Loved the post and loved the Quotes.... Now I had to smile at your Alexander the Great Quote.... how powerful is that? Not wanting to make this a political comment but I can not help myself.... Hope the Politicians who are in power now read your post and the quote!!!!Endre

Aug 24, 2022 09:13 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Erik Hiss 

It's so true, though, that a team of sheep led by a lion can get it done!

Aug 24, 2022 09:14 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Endre Barath, Jr. 

The Alexander the Great quote gives me goosebumps. It's so clear and strong! 

Some politician leaders have so much power, and We, the People, must unite and fight back. It's like "David and Goliath," and we are "David." It takes time to conquer, but it's a work-in-progress! Have faith!

Aug 24, 2022 09:21 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Such a great post!  There is a lot of wisdom and great analogies to success.  The 10 facts were very interesting.  Did not know about the dark mane, much less running 50 mph in 5-10 seconds!  Wow.  

Aug 25, 2022 03:23 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ 

Thank you for your read and comment. It was fun and fascinating to learn more about these creatures. So many things we can learn from them.

Aug 25, 2022 07:09 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

For sure!

Aug 25, 2022 07:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Aura! I caught this on a re-blog by Ginger Harper and am sad I missed it the first time. What a fantastic analogy - there is so much we can learn from the animal kingdom. I have to say that levity in life AND in business is so important and I believe, often overlooked as important in both. 

Hope you're having a lovely weekend...

Oct 15, 2022 01:14 PM
Aura Alex

Debe Maxwell, CRS 

I guess we should never underestimate old posts, LOL! Good thing I have been feeding those lions so they continue to roar and inspire us!😋

Apr 30, 2023 04:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Those old posts often pop up when unexpected, bringing smiles to our faces, brightening our days, Aura Alex

I hope you continue to be inspired. I love reading your posts!

Apr 30, 2023 09:26 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Aura Alex ,

I too just caught your post when Ginger Harper re-blogged it! I can't believe I missed it! A wonderful analogy. I absolutely love the quote by Alexander the gives me goosebumps too because it is so powerful! 

Apr 28, 2023 03:41 PM
Aura Alex

Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

My goodness, this post is so old. I'm glad you found it. Thank you for taking the time to comment. 

Apr 30, 2023 04:16 PM