Where Do You Rank on the Food Chain?
Okay, those of you who have followed me for a while know I am always looking for ways to learn and share from experiences and once again, I have…so here is another thought for your consideration regarding how you approach your livelihood and your life.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take a week’s vacation with my family to Colorado. You know the drill, relax, get recharged, take it easy right? Wrong! I know you are probably the same way, you do more on vacation and come back more tired than you left!! Same for us.
One of my favorite parts of our trip was a father and son golf day. It was great! Me and my son on a beautiful mountain course. Ahhh, okay, on with the point.
As we were playing one of the holes, the golf supervisor (the person who makes sure all is going smoothly) drove up behind us and asked a rather peculiar question. “Do you guys have food in your cart?” I knew I did not but my son Jordan indicated he had opened up a package of peanut butter crackers. “That explains why those birds are following you,” he stated. As we looked behind us there were about three black birds (looked like crows) following us, why…they were hoping we drop something so they could just gather up a free meal. This got me to thinking.
Some folks view their day, their livelihood or business the same way. Take whatever happens, live by chance, hope they are in the right place at the right time, hoping something falls in their lap. What about me? How do I approach my day? What about you?
I discovered three different levels with three very different outcomes of the food chain on my trip that I believe have great application to us and our livelihood. Let look at all three.
The Gatherers: This describes the black birds that followed us. They were waiting for something to occur outside of their control, to fall in their lap, so all they had to do was gather it up. Granted they had to be there, but before they could reap their reward, something had to happen first; it had to fall from the tree or drop from the vine before they could retrieve it. Occasionally gatherers will pick the low hanging fruit…that’s another lesson in itself. I consider these to be the middle of the food chain.
The Scavengers: These are the “bottom feeders”. These feast on something that is already dead! I found examples of scavengers driving down small mountainous roads. Buzzards swarm the air waiting on roadkill. They only eat what is leftover, and many times what no other creature will eat! They do the very least and have absolutely the lowest amount of control of their diet…think about that.
The Hunters: This is the TOP of the food chain. I saw a hawk on the move going after prey. Hunters eat when they want and what they want! They wait for nothing. They are always on the lookout for what’s next. When they are hungry, they don’t wait for something out of their control to occur, they make it happen. Sometimes it takes no time at all to gain the reward but other times, it may take much longer than expected, but their attitude and approach never changes. They understand if they want to eat…they have to hunt!
So where are you on the business food chain? Are you waiting for something to fall in your lap so you can simply gather it up? Do you only focus on the low hanging fruit? Are you waiting for all the leftovers or only going for the least amount of effort and live on a limited diet? Or, are you taking charge and sharpening your skills and hunt every day?
Remember, regardless of what you do or where you are, there are members of every level of the food chain in your marketplace. The question becomes, where do you rank?
Nothing more needs to be said…Happy hunting!!!