As many of you know, my new home has a pond where geese hang out. The pond in my courtyard doesn’t seem to be as active as the other one in the back, which is closer to the nature center, but it sure gets loud. The geese out there honk and chase each other from about 5am until around 11am or noon every day.
Yes, every day.
They seem to be confrontational and they are loud as heck. They flap their wings and hit each other. They honk and hiss at each other. It’s crazy.
So, today, I looked geese up on the internet to see if I could find out why they were behaving this way and a lot of it has to do with territory. When one invades the territory of another, they go crazy and begin attacking each other. Sometimes the instigator wins…sometimes not. But the one protecting their territory doesn’t seem to give up. That’s all they do for hours (5am to 11am or noon every day, just in case you’d forgotten). The saddest part about it is, when looked at objectively, there is more than enough room for them to all be there. It is the same 4-6 geese who fight every day…fight for a space in the courtyard and pond.
As I was watching them this morning, trying to get a photo of them (which I failed at, for the most part), they made me think of how we can get about our “competition” in business. Some of you may have noticed, about a week ago, I expressed my displeasure at someone finding satisfaction in the suffering of others. This came from someone posting on Facebook that they were happy to see a big box store closing several locations because they are a competitor. All I could think about was all those individuals losing their jobs. I couldn’t, and still don’t, understand why someone would be happy about that.
Anyway, moving on, my point is this. If we spend all our time worrying about what others are doing, there will be no time left to do anything that matters so we can move our business forward (and our life)! We have to take responsibility for ourselves and focus on what really matters.
Who’s with me?
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