Are you as Industrious as Ants?

For me, this has been the year of the yard and gardening. I have loved to garden since I was a little girl and this house we have lived in for the last 18 years, is on two lots and it is a “ginormous” yard. There’s a huge rock bed in front and side beds of perennials all over the yard as well as this tiered vegetable garden in the back.

My summers for the last decade have been spent working on the whitewater course downtown. I neglected my garden and yard. In the last two years, I spent more than 30 days on the course during the prime summer months. I didn’t even finish planting the garden in 2008 and 2009 much less keep up on the weeding.

Industrious as Ants

Yesterday I was out there building a new bed next to the rocks. As I used the pitchfork to build the berm, relocated rocks, I unearthed a colony of ants. The eggs were very visible. What happened next, I will tell you in pictures.

Industrious as Ants – Strategic Planning

  • Almost as fast as I could refocus the camera, the ants decided on a strategy.
  • Allocated their resources to determine where to move.
  • Selected and engaged their best team members from their network for help.
  • Executed the plan
  • Kept it in motion until the objective was reached, all the exposed eggs were back under cover.

Industrious as Ants – Eye on the goal

The ants didn’t:

  • hesitate
  • bemoan their loss
  • cry about the problem.

They took action.

Are you as Industrious as Ants?

Many job seekers or career changers are much less industrious than ants.

If you approach your job search with this same intensity as the ants, determine your strategy, allocate your resources, select and engage your best network connections. Execute your plan and don’t backslide, then your objective will be reached. You will find yourself with a new position and being able to continue with your other life goals.

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  1. Ed Han on June 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    It takes a special kind of wisdom to see one thing and find guidance in it.

    • Julie Walraven on June 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you, Ed, what a blessing you are… a born encourager! If I could manage to record my thoughts in the yard, I’d have a book, ideas flow so easily out there.

  2. Ali Davies on June 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    LOVE the analogy. Applicable to all the challenges life presents in all the roles we have in our lives.
    .-= Ali Davies´s last blog ..Time Management – the REAL reason you don’t have enough time =-.

    • Julie Walraven on June 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks, Ali, and you are so right and it looks like I better run over and read your blog soon!

  3. Jane C Woods on June 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Brilliant photos of the ants! Is there no end to your talents? Maybe we should put some of our gardening blogs together and create a book of life! Thanks for your inspiration, Julie!

    • Julie Walraven on June 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      My camera was my gift to me last summer mainly for the blog but also because I find that I see different through the camera’s eyes, Jane. Thank you for stopping by and yes, we could have a really great book. You’ll inspire me.

  4. Anna Bavido on June 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Julie, do you have a Flickr account? I think you would like it.

    This post was inspiring–thank you!

    • Julie Walraven | Resume Services on June 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

      I do have a Flickr account, Anna. I only put a few of my pics up there recently but if you read backwards in the blog you will see many Flickr photos all with credit to the photographers. My brother is a published freelance photographer so he has been the photo person in the family for years. I bought the little Canon last year and love playing with it! Hope your job search is going well!
      .-= Julie Walraven | Resume Services´s last blog ..Are you as Industrious as Ants? =-.

  5. Davina on June 15, 2010 at 1:55 am

    When I was younger, I was fascinated with ants. Would have been pretty interesting to have studied them in more detail. Maybe I ‘should’ have had my own ant colony. Don’t think mom would have been keen though. She found enough squashed caterpillars in my bed.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..This is How You Don’t Skip Rocks =-.

    • Julie Walraven | Resume Services on June 15, 2010 at 4:20 am

      You would love this then, Davina, when I was 20 or so, I worked in a savings and loan. Someone had peonies on their desk but they wouldn’t open so I brought 4 or so ants back from lunch. For years, I knew that after ants crawled on the peonies they always opened. What I didn’t think of is the possible consequences but I learned quick when I proudly showed my experiment to Eddie the maintenance person… he almost freaked out…
      .-= Julie Walraven | Resume Services´s last blog ..Are you as Industrious as Ants? =-.

  6. Gee Backhouse on October 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

    What a great post, Julie. Saying a big YES to getting on with what needs to be done and a big NO to wasting your energy on whinging! Helpful to job seekers … and many, many more! Thanks,

    • Julie Walraven on October 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, Gee! Good take-aways! We all need that reminder often.

  7. J V on May 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    While surfing, I stumbled on this article somehow & now it has changed my perspective to view things from a different angle.


    • Julie Walraven on June 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Thanks for the comment. I hope it helped you.

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