I’ve always loved the mention of ants in the Bible. The verses are found in the book of Proverbs, which is referred to as one of the “wisdom books” and written by King Solomon, who (if you don’t know) is also called the wisest person on all of planet earth all the way through the past and up till now. Here are the actual passages:
“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work,
they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.”
“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.”
“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
In any case, Solomon writes to showcase the ant… how small it is, but how wise! How they aren’t strong, but they are so smart, they are always working to be prepared for anything, in season and out of season. I will also add that all you have to do is see how they band together, making a chain to pass food down to the anthill or to carry an injured fellow-ant to his dirt bed to recuperate, or even to bridge over areas where it could be treacherous for them. Certainly not stupid animals in the least. So much smarter than humans in this respect.
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I will also add that they are not only wise, but persistent! They will find that morsel or crumb you left on the counter… that drop of water left by the sink. They will find it and utilize it. They will send out search parties to gather more treasures for their tribe too.
One of the highest compliments I ever received from a co-worker was when she turned around in her chair and exclaimed to me “you have the persistence of an ant!” She didn’t mean I was like the irritating ants who won’t leave your kitchen alone. She meant it because I was constantly teaching myself new skills… whether it be learning how to create a website or writing HTML code, or learning how to build an online business. Regardless of whether the task was easy or difficult and frustrating, I was determined to do it in order to better myself and to be prepared for shifts in the ever changing landscape of my life. I was very proudly demonstrating the persistence of an ant, and here’s why I wanted to be like that in the first place:
I had seen a couple writer’s strikes and 3 recessions in my life up till that point, and I knew that what you planned at age 23 as a career for yourself could very well change by age 37. It could even be gone. The world is always changing and progressing, and new technologies come in; new ways of doing things evolve. You have to roll with it, and be persistent with your adaptations to it.
Just like in nature – whatever isn’t growing is dying. I guess a nicer way to put it would be to say “it’s fading,” but really, it’s dying. The reason I patterned myself after the little wise ant is because I knew if I wanted financial freedom and a laptop lifestyle at some point in my life, I had to be diligent and persistent with all my efforts. A successful online business doesn’t just come into being in one big POOF.
So, I am proud to say that I have the persistence of an ant, and I have built my online business.
And similarly to the ants in this story, I also have a community of others that have helped me along the way. My mentor Tim Low is an outstanding example… he had limited computer skills and no selling skills at all. He was a very highly paid, successful attorney in Singapore and the UK. Yet, within 6 months, he was able to replace his entire income with the online business he built. We have a community of like-minded “persistent ants” all building their businesses to fit the life they want and we all chain together to help each other.
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