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Lessons to Learn From Ants

There is an old proverb that tells us to “go to the ant, you lazy one; observe its ways and become wise.” It is a proverb full of sage advice as there are many success lessons to learn from ants. Most people already know that ants are extremely small creatures, yet they are one of the strongest and most industrious species on the planet as they’re able to carry up to 50x their body weight.

However, what most people don’t know, is that ants are also extremely productive, determined, and adaptive. And they possess many traits that we humans can benefit from if we followed suit. So, if you’re interested in how ants can teach us to be a bit more successful in our daily lives, then you’ll want to keep reading. Behold, 5 success lessons to learn from ants:

Key Lessons to Learn From Ants

Best Lessons From Ants

1. See The Obstacle As The Way 

If you throw a rock or stick in the path of an ant, they’ll just go around or over it and simply march on to where they’re heading. If you put yourself in their path, they’ll just continue to march right on. Diversions and obstacles don’t affect them as they march right on to their desired goal. 

Even if their path is a huge body of water, does this stop them? No, they’ll create their own bridge to get across it! Its as if obstacles makes them stronger! Likewise, whenever we deal with an obstacle (whether big or small) we should always push it aside and refuse to let it stop us from continuing our work. Like ants, we should see obstacles as the way, not as something that is in the way.

2. Lean Into Your Fears 

Rocks and inanimate objects are one thing. What about living predators that are bigger than they are? One of the top predators of the ant is the human and we’re much bigger. Yet, does anything besides literal death stop the ant? Nope. Regardless of the predators ants face, they never stop working and do what they can to beat their challenger. 

Even elephants are scared of messing with ants because, despite their size, they still pack quite a punch and know where to hit (or rather pinch) them. Despite the many predators they face, they refuse to be stopped by them – no matter how bigger they are than them. They are brave workers! 

No matter the “predators” we face while trying to work and get to our desired goal, we should always be brave and face them head on. Even if our predator is the size of an elephant to us, we should focus on where to “hit” them and refuse to be intimidated

3.) Rely on a Logical Plan of Action 

An ant colony doesn’t do whatever each one pleases. No, they communicate and plan ahead. They remember to protect their Queen, who produces future generations of the colony, and gather food in storage during times of plenty so they have food during “bad” seasons. They even schedule times of rest to avoid overwork. 

Like the ant, we need to remember to form a plan of action and determine what needs to be tended to and how to ensure our days aheads are also protected if possible. Work when the “season” allows it and make sure to take needed periods of rest to avoid burnout. Use every moment we have to the fullest and best of potential possible.

4.) Teach The Next Generation

When a new generation of ants is born, they are raised together in the colony as a family. The same goes for us in regards to our young ones. Yes, each living situation is different from the next one. 

But, we can still do our utmost to educate our children in a mature and sensible way. Ensuring that they’re going to grow up to be strong and reasonable adults who can not only care for themselves, but others in the future. 

One way we can properly raise our children is by setting a good example for them in our own daily life. Giving them good and logical advice when needed, teaching them basic necessities (cooking, cleaning, budgeting) and how to handle disputes with others. The way we teach our children determines the future of the world we live in. 

After all, future generations determine the future of our society.

5.) Adapt to Your Surroundings

The ants are resilient creatures because they readily adapt to all of their surroundings. If they need to climb, they climb. If they need to plan, they plan. If they need to attack, they attack. Animals, bodies of water, solid rock or even humans will not stop the ant from accomplishing their job. 

We need to be like the ant and refuse to be scared by the “predators” and various obstacles we often face in our lives. When a challenge comes at us, we need to adapt and overcome it like an ant colony does. We can’t let it slow us down or stop us. We need to always be ready to adapt and refuse to fail. 

The Work Must Never Stop!

Despite their small size, do you see ants allowing bigger creatures to destroy them? No! When they lose supplies or even their home, do you see them giving in to defeat and allowing their entire organization to crumble to pieces? 

No, for ants, the work never stops and they never allow someone bigger or stronger to get the better of them. Even if they lose their home, they just keep going. We can learn many important lessons from ants, particularly, lessons about never allowing big and daunting circumstances to stop us. Like the ant, we must keep moving forward, always, and work no matter the circumstance. 

Till next time,

STRIVE

Mariah Krist is a freelance B2B writer who offers blogging and editing services. She works closely with a client and uses her skills to craft content that captures a reader's interest, increases search engine visibility, and lets her reader take action. You can view her website MariahKrist.com to learn more about her or you can check out her Instagram @mariahkr.ist to see what she's posting.

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