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Motivational Monday - What animal are you?

Yesterday I found myself in my car for a fairly long stretch of time waiting for a client who was running late.  Typically when that happens I bring out the cell phone and start surfing.  In this case I was out in the country and was only getting one bar on my phone so surfing was out.  I then started digging through my cWhat animal are you?  Surviving the Serengetiar to see what I could find.  What I found were two REALTOR magazines from back in April; both of them unread by me.  In the NAR magazine I found an article entitled “What animal are you”?  I am not familiar with the book but Stefan Swanepoel has written a book called “Surviving the Serengeti” which draws business survival skills from the animal life in Africa’s Serengeti region.

At this time in April 20,000 people (it says mostly real estate practitioners but I am not sure how they tell that) had taken the quiz.  It was intriguing to see how the respondents landed.

  • 31% Enterprising Crocodile – Enterprising Crocodiles see the possibilities in the future that others cannot see.  They are passionate about work, learn from mistakes and understand their weaknesses as well as their innate strengths.
  • 24% Graceful Giraffe – Graceful Giraffe’s develop interdependent relationships that are fostered through patience, self-dignity honor and respect.  Grace is a disposition that requires compassion toward others and the desire to extend good will.
  • 13% Communicating Elephant – The Communicating Elephant is a good communicator.  They understand that it is not always best to use a lot of words.  They understand how critical verbal and non-verbal exchanges are.  They understand successful relationships depend on good communication.
  • 10% Strategic Lion – To the strategic Lion it is all or nothing. The Lion’s primary skill is strategy; it is all about organizing their thoughts, ideas, experience, skills, expertise and expectations to accomplish the desired goal. Strategy is not just about the end; it is the means to the end.
  • 8% Efficient Cheetah – The Efficient Cheetah finishes the job in the shortest possible time with the least amount of wasted resources.  They are able to overcome interruptions, distractions, mistakes and mental and physical fatigue. They focus on being effective thus producing the desired results.
  • 7% Risk Taking Mongoose – The Risk Taking Mongoose evaluates all the options before making a decision.  They review goals and determine the various routes to get to the destination.  Often they choose the path with the highest risk to gain the maximum reward.
  • 7% Enduring Wildebeest- The Enduring Wildebeest keeps their mind going even when their body wants to quit. They continue moving forward despite obstacles, hardships, pain or fatigue.

At the bottom of the article I found that I could go online to take the quiz at   Reading through the different animals I was guessing that I would be the Communicating Elephant but bookmarked the page so when I got home I could see what the quiz said.  I took the quiz twice and yes I was a Communication Elephant both times.  I thought it was kind of fun and wanted to share it with you.  So what animal are you?

If anyone has read the book  please share how you liked the book.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsMarchel Peterson • July 25 2011 06:20PM


That book is amazing!!! I love it!!! It's such a short book you can literally read it in two days and it has a very powerful message.. I am the Enterprising Crocidile all the way!!  :)

Posted by Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

I did this a while back and I'm apparently a giraffe.  That definitely fits my personality.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 9 years ago

Marchel there a number of blogs about this book a few months back here in the Rain.  I took the test and even bought the book.  My test results said that I was an Enduring Wildebeest

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the great informative post!! You gave some excellent ideals. Thank you! I have bookmarked this one!

Posted by Sheri Cambareri (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the quiz Marchel and I am thinking I am a crocodile but I will check.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Marchel, I took that quiz like 6 month ago and was an Elephant back there, I took it today and now I am a Crocodile. Interesting thing I've read about alligators, that there is an "alligator's line" that people can't cross or it will be no escape. Alligators are extremely fast when they see you cross it. I don't think I wait and bite LOL

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) almost 9 years ago

Marchel: I took it awhile back when it was going around AR; however, don't remember the results. I will get on over and take it again. Ceil also says she wants to take it. It will be interesting to see how we come out.

Posted by Carl Winters almost 9 years ago

Hi Marchel,

I took the test back in April and even bought the book but have yet to finish it.  I did read about my animal though - the Enduring Wildebeest.  My husband was the Communicating Elephant like you!  It was fun to do though.  Thanks for the breakdown.  I had not seen that lately. 

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 9 years ago

Marchy, I love your analogy! This is just super. I've suggested.



Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 9 years ago

Marchel, I am a croc, I read part of the book and thought it interesting! There was a contest here about the book earlier.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 9 years ago

Marchel-did you ever see a croc with cheetah spots? I seem to be a combo of the two:)

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) almost 9 years ago

I am the giraffe. I have this book on my iPad. I am saving it for vacation, so I don't have to carry a bunch of books!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 9 years ago

I am a giraffe!  This book is so good and easy to read.  I wonder if I would get the same result if I took the quiz again?


Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 9 years ago

STACEY, Thanks for recommending.  I noticed I could get it on my Kindle so it sounds like it is something to put on my list.

SHIRLEY, It does not surprise me that you would be a Graceful Giraffe.

GEORGE, Somehow an Enduring Wildebeest does not surprise me.  I wonder if that is what my husband would be.  I guess I need to get him to take it.

SHERI, It was a fun quiz.  I guess I need to get the book now.

GARY, Please share what you found out for the quiz. 

ANNA, How funny that you changed in 6 months.  I took it twice to see if the results came out the same.  I guess I will have to wait 6 months and see what happens.


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 9 years ago

CARL & CEIL, I totally missed this when it was going around AR.  You will have to share what animal you are.  I'm glad I found the old article; I thought it was fun.

DEEDEE, I am going to have to get my husband to take the quiz.  Now I'm curious what animal he turns out to be. 

DEB, Thanks for the suggest!  It appears this was big on AR probably about the time it came out in the April NAR magazine (lol).

ANDREA, I so totally missed the book and the contest but glad I finally read about it.  Funny that magazine languished in my car for months.

MARCO, Wow I did not know you could be on a cusp but it sounds like you can.

JONI, I could so see you as a Graceful Giraffe.  I'm thinking I need to buy this book on my Kindle.

ANN, Anna went from a Elephant to a Crocodile.  It would be interesting to see if you were still a Giraffe.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 9 years ago

I had been meaning to take this quiz so I just did.. I'm a croc

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) almost 9 years ago

I've heard of the book but haven't read I am curious so I'll have to take the quiz.

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 9 years ago

Marchel I have not taken the test, I wonder where I would fall? I never fit real well in any category :)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 9 years ago

Marchel--I was a giraffe...Not surprised that you were a communicating elephant as you are so effective with your writing! :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 9 years ago

Enterprising Crocodile... I could see that in me as I love to find new adventures and leave people in the dust scratching their head.. That was fun... thank you..

Posted by Sherilyn M. Whistler, Need a Referral, Call Me ! (ERA Herman Group Real Estate-NoCo) almost 9 years ago

Hi Marchel,

Our whole team took the quiz and Gina and I turned out to be the Graceful Giraffes and Scott was the Strategic Lion.  It seems pretty accurate.


Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) almost 9 years ago

Marchel, this blog is purdy dang cute!

I'd like to believe I'm an enterprising croc, but I'm probably a hybrid of the menagerie.   Brian

Posted by Brian L. Sirota, Esq., For Solutions: (714) 501-7660 (Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney)) almost 9 years ago
I am the giraffe. I did get this pn my iPad, but have nit read it yet. Maybe in the way home tomorrow!
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 8 years ago

Marchel, I almost missed this again... just the type of book I need now.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ellie Penaranda, Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co (239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty ) over 8 years ago

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