Are you a gazelle or a lion?

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it ill be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” ~ African Proverb

Moral of the story is that it really doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle, what matters is how you treat each day. This is true in all areas of life, especially business. Have you ever wondered why the people with the highest IQ aren’t automatically the most successful people on the planet? It stands to reason that the higher your IQ, the higher your ability to learn things quickly, the higher your ability to master skill sets, the higher your likelihood to succeed in your industry.

But this isn’t necessarily true. The smartest people AREN’T always the most successful. Some of the smartest people in the world don’t amount to much. Why? Because they lack the discipline and mentality to take advantage of their natural talents. I’m not the smartest person in the world. I’m not the smartest person in my university, and I’m not even the smartest person in just about every class I’ve ever taken. But given the motivation and desire to succeed, I consistently achieved my goals in the classroom and stood atop the class rankings for grades (admittedly I rarely had THE top grade, but that wasn’t a goal of mine).

The truth is the most successful people are the ones willing to put in the work to become that person. It certainly helps if you have a naturally high IQ and the social capabilities to flourish in any situation. But those without those qualities can overcome obstacles through hard work (and you can even work hard to overcome your socially awkward tendencies).

So forget whether you’re a lion, gazelle, shark, or any other animal. Ask yourself this…when you wake up in the morning, are you running?


About Jason Willis
Jason graduated from the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2011 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. He currently works at The Newport Group as an Investment Analyst on the Asset & Liability Management Team working with Non Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans. In his spare time he continues to give back to AKPsi by assisting with the CFAC and NX Chapter at UCF. He also currently operates his own blog entitled Professional Hedging, and is also preparing to acquire his Series 7 and 66 Certifications.

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