“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise!—Which, having no chief (guide), overseer (officer), or ruler (governor), provides her food in the summer and gathers her supplies in the harvest.”(Proverbs 6:6-8)
Solomon is telling us to learn the ways of the ant if you want to be wise. Apparently good things do come in small packages. There are three traits he points out – in case we miss them…
They are Self Educated: No chief or guide instructing them: They’re problem solvers and take it upon themselves to learn, to figure out the best way to build that perfect ant hill, how and where to bury their dead, where the best food source is and when to gather it.
They are Self Motivated: No overseer or officer micromanaging them. They don’t need to be told when to clock in, when to clock out. They take all the necessary action without having to managed by a supervisor. They are clear on their purpose, and without oversight, accomplish their daily responsibilities.
They are Self Governed: There is no governmental authority, no king, no state governor exercising dominion over them. They don’t depend on the government for anything, nor do they want anything more than the opportunity to pursue the dream of every ant… a great place to live and a ready supply of food to gather and harvest.
If finding an employee who performs exceedingly well for the joy of accomplishment and who takes the initiative and readily solves problems is important to you, there is a way to do that. In fact, there is a way to actually pay employees more while actually costing you less.
But for that, you have to hire an ant. Or someone with those traits. If you want to know how to find that person and cut your costs while improving your output, I invite you to take this assessment. It will get you on what Jeremiah 6 refers to as the “ancient paths” where the good way is.
Until next time, be fruitful and multiply!