Imposter Syndrome Mindset Coaching

Life Lessons From The World’s Tallest Animal

Baby giraffes learn a very important lesson rather early in life.

A lesson that many of us should remember. Baby falls from its mother’s womb, some eight feet above the ground. It shrivels up and lies still, too weak to move.

Mum lovingly lowers her neck to smooch her baby. Something unbelievable happens.

She kicks junior, sending it flying and tumbling to the ground. As baby lies curled up, Mum keeps kicking baby until, still trembling and tired, she struggles to rise, standing for the first time. Happy to see baby stand, Mum gives it another kick.

Baby falls one more time, quickly recovers and stands up. Mama Giraffe is happy now.

She knows her baby has learnt a crucial lesson: Never mind how hard you fall, pick yourself up – get back on your feet. Why does the mother giraffe do this?

Because lions and leopards love giraffe meat. Unless junior learns quickly to stand and run with the herd, she won’t last long. Many of us aren’t as lucky as baby giraffes.

No one teaches us to stand up each time we fall. When we fail, when we are down, we just give up.

No one kicks us out of our comfort zone, pushing us to survive and succeed, to get back on our feet. No matter how hard you’ve fallen, or deep the pain:

Get up.

Stand up.

Start again.

Props to Gary Van Rensburg

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