January 25, 2021

Lessons from a squirrel

Squirrel.pine tree.snow.winter

It’s early morning, and the sunrise is spectacular.

I am watching the bright pink clouds move slowly behind the silhouette of a tree in my garden.

A family of squirrels live in that tree, in an old bird’s nest they have converted into a home.

One of the squirrels came out on a branch, and without hesitation, leapt the gap to the next tree, grabbed onto a thin branch, and proceeded from there to breakfast in the neighbour’s pine tree.

Then a second squirrel made the same journey with just as much panache.

I was struck by their confidence in doing something that to me looked difficult and dangerous.

Have you ever watched someone who was good at something, and wish you were that good?

How do you think they got that good?

Did they do it like the squirrels? Watch others, start small, start easy, practice every day, and learn from the occasional fall?

What skill that others do well do you want to get good at?

What are you going to do about it today?

My best wishes, Paul

Paul Matthews

CEO and Founder of People Alchemy

share this article:

Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on tumblr

2 Responses

  1. I enjoy watching squirrels quite a bit. And I bet they do learn how to leap from branch to branch by seeing other squirrels do it and then practicing!

    1. I guess some of it might be instinct, but I assume they learn to jump the same way we learn to walk. Practice and perseverance!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

related posts

girls-walking-together

Alone or together?

There is an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go …

Read More
Difficult people. Little girl with crossed arms.

What do difficult people really want?

Difficult people. Oh, wouldn’t the world be a better place without them! But… Think of one. Why do they seem …

Read More
New day sunrise in the woods

Doing more than nothing

We are very seldom operating at our peak – our most productive, our healthiest, or our best-balanced life. I am …

Read More
Capability at Work book testimonial April 2021

Capability at Work book testimonial

“I’m currently nose deep in Capability at Work (Chapter 4 to be exact) and my mind is absolutely blown!! I’m …

Read More

search blog

Get your free weekly tip

You agree that we can keep a record of your details, and send you other occasional offers. See our Privacy Policy