Male lions are the kings in Africa but the bush is wild, unpredictable and
dangerous. If the male lion is not aware, alert and protective of his territory, he may well lose it all to a stronger contender. The dominant male lion becomes lazy once he has the pride under his command. Initially he can face any challenge from younger males, but the day will come when his lazy, only-hanging-in-there lifestyle will catch up with him.
A younger male will take over as the leader and the king of the jungle will be kicked out to live in isolation. Even the king of the beasts will starve to death if he refuses to act. The bottom line is that successes do not last forever. We must sometimes sail with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must!
Many of our life challenges and jobs are repetitive in nature, and the more we repeat what we are doing, the better the chance that we are becoming complacent without even realizing it. In the post-modern world the moment you begin to feel over-complacent with your situation, you face the danger of free-wheeling back down the slope of success as your hard-working competitors take over. You arrive as Mr. Big Shot but leave as Mr. Nobody. – Zulu proverb
Time and tide waits for no one. The rest of the world will move on whether you keep up or not. Everything that is taken for granted is taken away from you. How often do we have to lose something to understand the value of it?
Being lazy during coronavirus disruption is not how you will build a better future – you must keep working with Infinite Family to build skills that will get and keep them ahead in school and life.
Why do you think male lions become “lazy” once they have command of their pride?
In what areas of your life have you become lazy during the coronavirus lockdown?
Has this description of male lions changed your view of leadership? How?
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