A focused cheetah stares out from the cover of the book. Inside the pages of this fiction story, the reader is taken on a trip, along with the main characters, to the Serengeti and to self-discovery. Surviving Your Serengeti 7 Skills to Master Business and Life is written as a self-help for finding success by realizing your strengths.
The author, Stefan Swanepoel, a business man and former resident of this African region, shares 7 skills taken from the animals of the Serengeti and focuses our attention on recognizing the dominant skill that we have and utilizing that skill in business and life. The story describes the annual wildebeest migratory trek and some interesting facts about each animal that lives in the Serengeti. Stefan Swanepoel shows respect and love for this region in his writing; a percentage of each sale of the book goes to AWF- African Wildlife Foundation.
The story begins and then the chapters focus on each animal and its unique skill: the wildebeest, the lion, the crocodile, the cheetah, the giraffe, the mongoose, and the elephant. The book is labeled a fable on the front cover, but the animals didn’t speak or act like humans. Instead, it was more of a metaphor where the people in the story identified with a particular animal of the Serengeti because of its particular skill for survival. We resemble an animal because of a similar successful ability.
I was able to read the book in a few hours and found it enjoyable. It wasn’t Christian fiction but it projected a positive attitude. In Chapter 8 The Communicating Elephant, the author summarizes successful communication with a positive approach to giving feedback. He writes, “A positive delivery…focuses on providing valuable and constructive commentary that allows the recipient to effect change.” Since criticism points out the faults of another, the author chooses to replace the commonly used phrase “constructive criticism” with a positive word, commentary. “Nothing is impossible” is written in the introduction, giving the reader positive encouragement right from the beginning.
Without a doubt, I’ve got the efficiency skill of the cheetah. Without hesitation, I recommend Surviving Your Serengeti.
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