The Ant Theory

Last fall our family took a trip to explore Costa Rica for a week while the kids were out of school for fall break. For part of the trip, we stayed and hiked in an amazing jungle near a river area on the Caribbean side, Tortuguero. There we were introduced to howling monkeys in the morning to wake us up and the large Bullet Ants that were all over the paths near our mini cabins. 

For the 3 days we were in this area, most of us were wearing sandals, so needless to say we watched where we stepped and kept up our speed. This was a bit challenging for my 6 year old, so I had some extra weight on top of my shoulders while I carried her along our walks. These “Bala” ants can get up to one inch long, and have one of the most painful bites known among any insects. Thankfully, none of us had to find out.

The Ant Theory, coined by the renowned entrepreneur and speaker Jim Rohn, offers valuable insights into personal development and success. I believe this can be adopted to the way we treat our patients as well. The way ants live and work provides us with important lessons that can be applied to various aspects of our lives. This theory, although simple in its concept, holds profound wisdom that has inspired countless individuals to strive for greatness. The phrase “go over, around, or under” suggests that ants are persistent creatures that find ways to overcome obstacles. Similarly, in our pursuit of success or growth, we should not be discouraged by challenges but instead seek alternative routes or strategies to reach our objectives.

Here are three quotes by Jim Rohn that encapsulate the essence of the Ant Theory:

1. “Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”

2. “The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.”

3. “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

At the core of the Ant Theory is the principle of consistent effort and perseverance. Rohn suggests that ants are relentless in their pursuit of food, working diligently day in and day out to build their colonies and secure their sustenance. Similarly, in our own lives, we can achieve remarkable results through consistent, focused action. Sometimes these may be as simple as a follow up call to a patient or having your assistant call and wish them happy birthday. “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”

Ants are known for their ability to store food during times of plenty to survive the leaner times. Rohn encourages individuals to adopt a similar mindset, advising, “Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge; wish for more wisdom.” By preparing ourselves through continuous learning and skill development, we can navigate challenges more effectively and seize opportunities when they arise, especially during times of economic uncertainty such as the one we are presently living in.

Teamwork and collaboration are crucial. Ants work together harmoniously, leveraging their collective strength to achieve common goals. Rohn remarked “You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals who share our aspirations can elevate our own performance and propel us towards success.

The Ant Theory encapsulates timeless principles for personal growth and achievement. Rohn’s philosophy reminds us that success is not an overnight phenomenon but rather a result of steadfast dedication and unwavering commitment to our aspirations. Let us heed the wisdom of the Ant Theory and strive to embody the industriousness, preparation, and teamwork principles that we can use to lead and teach our team, and serve our patients. 

Have a Great Month!

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