If you were an animal

23 Jun

Book Review: Surviving your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life, by Stefan Swanepoel

Surviving your Serengeti is a creative, well-written, inspiring book designed to help the reader discover their main survival strategy. Written as a fable, it tells the story of a couple who won an African safari in a sales contest. Facing business and career challenges back home in Los Angeles, they arrive in the Serengeti Plains of East Africa weary and distracted.

While there, they witness the annual migration of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles, a 1,000-mile journey filled with hunger, thirst, predators, and exhaustion. Their guide helps them understand the unique strengths of each of the animals that enable them to survive when the journey becomes too difficult.

There is the . . .

  • Enduring wildebeest – endurance is the steadfast capacity to hold on for one more day
  • Strategic lion – strategy is the road map you need to define and achieve your goals
  • Enterprising crocodile – an enterprising person explores all options and boldly seizes every opportunity
  • Efficient cheetah – efficiency is the optimization of all resources to achieve the best results
  • Graceful giraffe – grace is more than style and finesse, it’d doing the right thing
  • Risk-taking mongoose – taking calculated risks is an essential part of every journey
  • Communicating elephant – effective communication is the art of successfully delivering your message

The book is designed to encourage the reader that everyone can survive his or her own personal Serengeti, no matter the difficulty or challenge. The author applies the principles broadly so they can be used in both business and personal life. Through questions at the end of each chapter, the author also tries to help the reader discover what animal they are, or rather, what their main survival skill might be, and what strengths will drive them forward when life becomes difficult.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com http://BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

1 Comment

Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Books


One response to “If you were an animal

  1. Stefan Swanepoel

    June 25, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Thank you for taking the time to read my book and post a review. I appreciate it very much!


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