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The Ant Philosophy | Jim Rohn

Over the years I've been teaching children about a simple but powerful concept - the ant philosophy.

I think everybody should study ants.

They have an amazing four-part philosophy.


Here is the first part: ants never quit.

That's a good philosophy.

If they're headed somewhere and you try to stop them; they'll look for another way.

They'll climb over, they'll climb under, they'll climb around.

They keep looking for another way.

What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you're supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer

That's an important perspective.

You can't be so naive as to think summer will last forever.

So ants are gathering in their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, "Don't build your house on the sand in the summer."


Why do we need that advice?

Because it is important to be realistic.

In the summer, you've got to think storm.

You've got to think of rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun.

Think ahead.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter

That is so important.

During the winter, ants remind themselves, "This won't last long; we'll soon be out of here."

And on the first warm day, the ants are out.

If it turns cold again, they'll dive back down, but then they come out on the first warm day.

They can't wait to get out.

And here's the last part of the ant philosophy

How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter?

All that he possibly can.

What an incredible philosophy, the "all-that-you-possibly-can" philosophy.

Wow, what a great seminar to attend - the ant seminar.

Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.

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About The late Jim Rohn was America's Foremost Business Philosopher. Subscribe to the free Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine. Also review the complete Jim Rohn archive of articles, vitamins for the mind and Q and A. Copyright © 1999 Jim Rohn International. All rights reserved worldwide.

Thanks - that's an intersting anlogy - I'm not sure what lessons you can learn form that1

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Hi Michael, You may also like to compare Ants to Lions who have a bad philosophy. Lions are lazy and despite itheir size, they only look for food when hungry. When the seasons or environment changes, they could starve to death.

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Well said Cameron

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