“All good work is done the way ants do things: Little by little.” – Lafcadio Hearn

I love and hate ants!  Seriously!  They are irritating sometimes especially when my dinner is attacked by ants before me!  Other times I hate ants because their bites are so very painful!  Have you experience it?

So why do I use ants to illustrate important points to business efficiency?

Generally, the easiest way to live life is to learn from others’ past failures and accomplishments or simply learn from the animal kingdom! 

By instinct alone, ants never failed to co-operate and they are so extremely productive that comparative their size, they regularly move mountains and they never fail to achieve their objectives, and it can only possibly be because they are relentless in their efforts, never fail to co-operate, never procrastinate and never give themselves excuses

1.  Ants are driven by purpose

Purpose is having a clear long term objective or goal which shapes everything your company do.

For example, one ant’s sole job description is to find food for the colony. This is his purpose, and all that he inputs this time and energy into, and so it compounds his chances of success.

Stay on focus to your purpose, bring your business to the next level.

2.  Ants work as a team

Ants are team workers and work together in order to achieve something great. Likewise, in order for you to achieve something substantial in life, you must align yourself with others who can help propel you to another level.

Surround yourselves amongst eagles as eagles are always soaring high.  Have positive and encouraging people with you in your entrepreneurship journey.  Especially people who has gone through the path you are in or about to embark and let them mentor and coach you through.

Similarly when you hire staffs, be sure that you hire people with different talents and skill sets from you so that they can complement you.

3.  Ants have a time to work and a time to rest

Ants have to work with the natural seasons.

So in summer they gather their food and in winter they hibernate to conserve energy because of the lack of food. You need to know when to stop.

Burnout happens when you have come to the end of yourself and suddenly give up and withdraw from all kinds of work.

It just means that you have simply had enough.

To prevent this from happening, you need to schedule in enough periods of rest, for example after the completion of a major project.

4.  Ants think big

Now ants can seem like one of the most insignificance insects on the planet because of their size.

But the colonies they build and the contribution to their society is extremely significant and great.

What big dreams do you have for your company?

Pursue them.

Make plans and take actions today.

5.  Ants prepare ahead of time

Ants prepare in their food in Summer because they know that there will be a time when there will be no food to find in winter time.

So they are constantly preparing for a season which is yet to come upon them.

It has a stark contrast with human behaviour.

When your company is enjoying good success, it will be wise to set aside savings building your reserve to face challenging times.

The only way you can maximise any given moment is by preparing for it.

If you plan ahead and work backwards, you will then be able to prepare adequately.

6.  Ants carry workload they can handle

Little by little, they do more.  That is why we have the expression that ants are hardworking. 

Although they are small, ants can handle up to one hundred times their weight.

They know their limitations.

All too often we say ‘yes’ to things that we can’t do and take on responsibilities that we struggle to fulfil.

All we need to do is know our boundaries and never venture beyond that point.

7.  Ants serve one another

Living for just yourself is a lonely existence. Serving people goes that one step further and asks ‘what can I do for you?’

You start to live beyond yourself and purposefully contribute positively to others.

When few ants in a colony are infected by a fungal disease, they spread the disease throughout the colony, by licking it off one another, with each ant receiving as much of the disease that their individual immune system can fight off effectively.

If you like what you read, then you will need to know how do you apply the points to your business?  

Start by running deep questionings to yourself and your team. 

Have a coach or mentor to guide you at every step of the way.