"Every morning in Africa" is the Best Career Advice Ever -- and It Never Gets Old, by Henry Blodget (Lion / Gazelle)
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Jobs
Best Career Advice Ever according to Blodget:
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle. When the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
Actually, the gazelle must run faster than the slowest gazelle.
In 1985 the Economist magazine had an article titled “Lions or gazelles?” where the words were credited to a securities analyst named Dan Montano according to the Quote Investigator:
Of course, when I posted this a few years ago, a Twitter user named "@debrink" observed that this is not technically true: Lions spend most of the day lolling around and then occasionally sprint off to catch dinner. And it's not technically true for gazelles, either: They spend most of the day nibbling grass, and then occasionally bound away in brief moments of absolute panic.
But the point is well-taken: If you want to live out the day, you'd better be ready to run.
Yes, IF you are a lion or a gazelle.
Every morning a hyena wakes-up knowing that a wasteful lion will kill more than it can consume and it will eat for free by poaching the scraps.
Other career advice cliches:
1. Work smarter, not harder.
2. It's not what you know, it's who you know.
Funny stuff. Yep, I never knew of any Wall St folks who wore track shoes in the office... in fact, of the most successful ones, I never saw them run anywhere.
The most successful poker players have sitzfleisch -- the ability to stay put and not get bored.