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Ten things dogs can teach us about business…and life

We often talk about the things that we learn in business, the lessons that we get, and the people we get the lessons from.

That got me thinking just the other day about how I also think there are some lessons that we can learn not from people, but in fact, from animals.

It got me thinking, what are the things that maybe dogs could teach us about business.

Now, I’m unashamedly a dog person.

If you’re not, that’s fine.

But I know that over the years, my dogs have taught me a bunch of things.

So I’ve come up with 10 things that I think that we can learn from dogs.

Let’s have a look at that list.

1. Dogs live in the moment

They don’t worry about the past.

They don’t think about the future.

They just live in the moment, for what’s happening right here, right now.

Now, I know that in business you need to think about what’s gone on in the past, and are the lessons that you can learn from the past and I realise that we need to plan for the future.

But what we can learn from dogs is that we should be grateful for what we have and enjoy the present.

2. Dogs find ways to overcome fear

The truth is there’s often a lot of fear around being in business, especially in the current challenging climate.

But interestingly dogs learn ways to overcome their fears.

A number of years ago I had a German Shepherd, who was a trained protection dog, and he was a great guard dog.

However, he was terrified of storms.

No matter how brave he was, when a storm was coming, he’d find a way to sneak into the house and crawl under the bed.

That was his coping mechanism.

How do you deal with fear?

What’s your coping mechanism?

My father used to say, “Fear knocked on the door, courage answered, and there was no one there.

So, the lesson from dogs here is to move past your own fears by finding coping mechanisms.

3. Dogs don’t hold grudges

My dog is next to me, right now.

I didn’t take him for our normal morning routine walk this morning, yet he hasn’t held a grudge against me.

It’s not as if he’s turned his back on me and ignored me.

Dogs don’t hold grudges.

Grudges Dogs

So, think about it – what’s something that you might be able to let go of right now?

Maybe it’s a business grudge, maybe it’s a personal grudge.

Look for something that you’re holding on to that if you let go of, it’s going to make your life vastly different, and you’re going to see a massive weight lifted off your shoulders.

4. Dogs play every day

I was reading an article by Dr Stuart Brown, a Psychiatrist in the United States, who says that play is like oxygen for two reasons.

One, it’s all around us all the time, and two, if we breathe it in, we’ll live.

So my challenge to you is; when was the last time you played?

To me, play is two things.

Gods Team

It’s about physical movement and getting out, whether it’s throwing the ball with your dog, playing with the kids, playing in the park, flying a kite, running on the beach, or going for a swim, whatever it might be.

But it’s not just about physical movement, it’s also about psychological well-being or mental health, and the release of dopamines, and all the neuropsychology that goes around that.

So here’s a challenge: What’s something you can do that puts you more into play mode?

And what can you do in the next day or two to actually put you into that play mode?

5. Dogs jump for joy when they’re happy

When was the last time you just showed unabashed joy?

Dogs just jump for joy.

You can go out for five minutes and come back, and they’re all over you.

They’re just so excited and pleased to see you.

Dogs Jump

So here’s another challenge: Think of something that makes you happy.

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