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The Ant Philosophy

By Jim Rohn – This article was submitted by Jim Rohn, America’s Foremost Business Philosopher.

Ant Philosophy
Ant Philosophy

Over the years I’ve been teaching kids about a simple but powerful concept – the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That’s a good philosophy. If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them; they’ll look for another way. They’ll climb over, they’ll climb under, they’ll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you’re supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That’s an important perspective. You can’t be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants are gathering in their winter food in the middle of summer.
An ancient story says, “Don’t build your house on the sand in the summer.” Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to think ahead. In the summer, you’ve got to think storm. You’ve got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun.
The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can’t wait to get out.
And here’s the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All that he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the “all-that-you-possibly-can” philosophy.
Wow, what a great philosophy to have – the ant philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.


  1. A very cute article, and some sound advice dressed up in amusing clothing, but ants do not have a philosophy and it’s rather anthropomorphic to suggest that they do.
    What Jim is describing is nothing more or less than a pattern of behaviour that has evolved over millions of years to ensure the survival of the ant. So, it’s unsurprising that it works and it works well, especially for the ants.
    If it happens to work in some circumstances for humans too, that’s due to a happy coincidence, not to the wisdom of some ant equivalent of Aristotle.
    Sorry to quibble. It’s a nice article!


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