By Damilola Faustino
The easiest way to live life is to learn from others’ past failures and accomplishments. It is, however, more challenging to take advice from someone who has not yet benefited from their own solutions. Ants, on the other hand, fall into the successful category and can teach us how they succeed time and time again:
They work as a team
Ants are team workers and work together in order to achieve a greater goal. So, in order for you to achieve something substantial in life, you must work with others who can help propel you to another level.
They think big
Ants can seem like one of the most insignificance insects on the earth because of their size. But the colonies they build and the contribution to their society is extremely significant and great. What big dreams do you have for your future? Pursue those. No matter how small you think you are, you should always pursue something bigger than yourself.
Ants have time to rest and time to work
Ants have to work with the natural seasons. So in summer, they gather their food and in winter they hibernate to conserve energy because of the lack of food. You need to know when to stop. Burnout is when you have come to the end of yourself and suddenly give up and withdraw from all kinds of work. In order for this not to happen, you need to schedule in periods of rest, especially after the completion of a major project.
Ants prepare ahead of time
Ants prepare their food in summer because they know that there will be a time when there will be no food to find in the winter time. So they are constantly preparing for a season which is yet to come upon them. This is a contrast with human behaviour. When you should be studying you’re watching TV and when you should be working you’re on Facebook communicating with friends. The only way you can maximise any given moment is by preparing for it.
Ants carry workloads they can handle
Although they are tiny, ants can handle up to one hundred times their weight. They know their limitations. All too often you say ‘yes’ to things that you can’t do and take on responsibilities that we struggle to fulfill. All you need to do is know your boundaries and never venture beyond that point.
Ants are driven by purpose
Ants have a clear long-term objective or goal which shapes everything they do. For example, one ant’s sole job description is to find food for the colony. This is his purpose, and all that he inputs this time and energy into, and so it compounds his chances of success.
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