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, and 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.ant team work help guide build house pest control inspection

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 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 the first warm day, the ants are out.

If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down, but then they come out 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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'The Ant Philosophy | Jim Rohn' have 4 comments

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    March 3, 2018 C. Boakye-Agyemang

    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.


      March 4, 2018 Michael Yardney

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


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    November 30, 2015 Cameron

    Hi Michael,

    One might also refer to the ant’s commitment to team work and that ants always stick together. The little image you provided above shows this in action. This is analogous to a successful life filled with riches, you need a hard working and integral team around you, as you can’t do everything yourself, and are much much stronger and able to accomplish much greater things with a good team.



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