Reflections of a Small Business Rhino
barrel on through, business rhino...barrel on through.
A year ago, I read a book that changed my life.
It’s the cheasiest…shortest book I think I’ve read in my adult business-hood, but it made QUITE the impact.
In “Rhinoceros Success” by Scott Alexander, he walks you through WHY (as a business owner) YOU…are a Rhinoceros. He goes through all of the reasons you might expect:
When you get knocked down…you jump back up and break right through the wall…
You have insanely thick skin…
You have an insane ability to charge down opportunities…
I don’t necessarily want to break down the book…primarily because I REALLY think you should read it. But what I DO want to talk about, is it’s symbolism. As an adult, I sometimes like to imagine that I’m Angelina Jolie in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”…
Maybe even Meryl Streep in “Devil Wears Prada”…
I’m a badass chick, who takes ZERO crap from anybody. And this, my friends, is a survival mechanism.
We may be adults, but being able to channel our inner Eon Flux (yeah…my nerd-dome went there) is an amazing survival technique…especially in the cutthroat world of small business. (PS…I’m not excluding guys from this, either!!! I just have a harder time channeling Jason Stathom…).
As children, we play pretend…NOT to simply escape our parental constraints, but to train us to become more empathetic and imaginative as adults.
"I am a Rhino!! Hell YEAH I've got thick skin!"
SO, when I read Scott Alexander’s book…it was SUPER easy for me to tell myself “I AM a rhino!! Hell YEAH I’ve got thick skin!!”. MY brain proceeded to line up EVERY instance in my life where I was thick-skinned, where I rose to a challenge, or where I fell off the horse…er…rhino…and got back up again.
Since reading the book…I put rhino’s discretely all over my house. (I’m PRETTY sure JOSH doesn’t even know they’re there!)
There’s a Rhino hanging next to the back door, a golden rhino on the bookshelf in the living room, a rhino by my bedside table…and even a rhino as my desktop background image.
Every single day, whether my day is amazing…or has become a big ol’ pile of rhino poo, I’m reminded that I’ll barrel through. I’ll charge forward like the rhino that I am.
SO…I have a question for you!! Are you a rhino?
it's ok if you're not a rhino!!
Look…you don’t HAVE to be a rhino!! It just happens to be what I associate success with. BUT, whether you’re inspired by a rhino, a unicorn, or Laffy Taffy…start putting subtle hints to your badassery in your everyday life! BECOME the embodiment of the characteristics that motivate you.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
The WHOLE point is to remind yourself of your strengths throughout the day. After a while…you’re brain will simply KNOW that these strengths are what you’re naturally great at.
Remember, you’ve been training for this since you were a kid!!! So make those moments matter!!
I would LOVE to hear what your strength symbols are!! Do you have a symbol that reminds you that you’re amazing every single day? Tell me below!!