Stefan Swanepoel is a successful businessman, a best-selling author and widely travelled public speaker. He spent the first 35 years of his life in various countries across the globe before immigrating to the USA. Today he is an American citizen and lives in California.
And he’s a prolific writer and speaker with over 19 books, reports and whitepapers, over 1,000 published articles and given more than 700 presentations to over 300,000 people.
He shared an hour of his time recently to talk about his latest book: Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life.
I wanted to say greatest book but I have not read his other books. So, I will leave it as great.
We all face our own serengeti journey now with all the changes and turmoil in our communities, our businesses, our economy, in our institutions, in our future.
In his book, Stefan discusses the 7 Skills we need to survive our serengeti. And he illustrates them as he discusses them by using examples from the animal community of the serengeti.
The last of the 7 skills is also the most important one: Endurance. Here's how he discussed that skill when we spoke:
The last one, the main character in the story, the Enduring Wildebeast. It is not as big as the American bison, not as pretty. But it is tenacious. That animal has incredible endurance. Each year it crosses 1000 miles. It has cheetahs running and pulling it down. It has lions stalking it. It has crocodiles eating it. Yet it has become the dominant species in the serengeti. It completely dominates to such an extent that there are 1.5 million animals and when they move each year it completely changes the landscape. All the other species depend on where the wildebeast is at any time.
Sound familiar to your journey?
I asked him:
What are three things we can do to better master that wildebeast, bring out the endurance?
And he shared this answer, an useful bit of takeaway steps we can use today to survie our serengeti:
We have to instinctively know who we are. If we know who we are out of the 7, then by default we can determine what we are weakest at. If we are weakest at endurance then accept it. Don’t fight it. We aren’t all superman; we aren’t all perfect. Identify the skills you are not strong at. Accept that and see how you can improve on that with the skills of the others in your company.
If you want to say that is your weakest skill or your least strongest skill, I don’t care. But then try and see if you can improve on that. Find someone who is good on that skill. If I’m not a risk-taker, but you are then maybe if I befriend you and we work together then maybe we can learn from each other. If I’m averse to risk-taking then I might say no to something before I give it a second thought. But you might look at the same problem, then you’re already looking at how you’re going to solve the problem.
And by knowing that’s how you think then I can learn from you. By learning which animal we are with the What Animal Quiz, a 3-4 minute quiz and as I said before I’m not trying to create a new Strengths-Finder or a Meyers-Brigg. This is a casual, informal, way for you to have fun and learn what skills instinctively drive us.
Want More From Stefan Swanepoel and Surviving Your Serengeti?
- Listen to our conversation about Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life at this link.
- Read transcripts of our our conversation about Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life at this link.
- Follow him on Twitter at Swanepoel.