"You are the crocodile."
This was what I found out as a result of an online quiz I took to determine which animal profile I was. The quiz, available on WhatAnimalAmI.com, is based on Stefan Swanepoel's New York Times bestseller, Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master in Business and Life.
A native of Africa, Swanepoel chose the vast savannahs and dramatic vistas of the Serengeti as backdrops to powerfully engage his readers, as he is intimately familiar with and deeply connected to this breathtaking setting that shaped his childhood memories.
For 1.5 million wildebeest of Africa, their Serengeti is a yearly 1,000-mile-long migration, filled with hunger, thirst, predators, and exhaustion. The journey is impressive and dangerous, offering a unique window onto the very essence of life, wherein we observe the seven primal skills required to survive the grueling journey—the same skills we instinctively turn to in order to survive and thrive in today's world.
Applying the wisdom of the Serengeti to business, Swanepoel urges us to rely on our innate skills while surrounding ourselves with people whose skills complement our own.
"Who am I?" is a question most of us have asked at least once, and still at times struggle to answer. For entrepreneurs, having clarity on who we are, the strengths we naturally possess, and skills we need to hone will have a tremendous impact on our relationships and results. For the younger generation, the answer to this question can set them on the right course to make the best of themselves and their lives.
Often the concrete jungle we live in can become an environment that jams our instincts, confusing us into being people we're not because of cultural and societal dictates. This is where the book can come in handy as a compass to direct us closer to the real us.
Who might you be? Swanepoel vividly presents seven magnificent animals and each one's dominant skill, National Geographic-style:
Why am I the crocodile? According to the book, "Enterprising means showing initiative, a willingness to undertake new projects and a strong desire for success and achievement—all qualities that support the role of the entrepreneur. Like the crocodile, enterprising people possess the energy, creativity, and ambition required to see the possibilities in the future that others cannot see."
Initially aghast at the quiz's result, I read the above description and relaxed. I guess I am closest to the crocodile as far as my dominant skill is concerned, but I know there's a wildebeest patiently plodding away somewhere inside of me as well.
To find out your animal profile, pick up this exciting read, experience a slice of life in the Serengeti, and discover your natural skill that will help you overcome even the most extreme challenges.
Hardcover, 176 pages, $21.95;