December 6


Next time, hire an ant

By Michael Q. Pink

December 6, 2023

“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!

Michael Q. Pink

About the author

Michael is America's leading authority on applying Biblical Wisdom and Natural Law to sales and business and has authored 19 books including The Bible Incorporated, Selling Among Wolves and God's Best Kept Secrets. Using that knowledge, he has helped thousands of professionals and entrepreneurs experience radical transformation in their lives and careers, including helping a start-up with 3 struggling sales reps turn the corner and become the 16th fastest growing company on the INC 500 list. 

  • Thank you for sharing this! The productivity of the ant is truly amazing. I have been encouraging the team God blessed me with to learn from the ant and develop a get it done mentality. They have been discovering that they grow faster when they take the initiative to ask the Holy Spirit for answers vs always depend on leadership to tell them what to do. Many sense of responsibility have increased. They take more calculated risk and they are doing more daily assessment and learning on their own. I suddenly find myself as a team accomplishing more yet I am not tired.
    Just this past October we started a project called project 5000 , giving 5000 toys and gift to low income families per state including Puerto Rico
    By allowing each team to act as the ant, as of today December 6,2023 we already completed every state except Florida and Puerto Rico
    – we needed $3 million, did not have it and yet God with His wisdom and grace help us start and learn on the way.
    The wisdom we got from this is truly epic!
    Learn from the Ant!

    Thank you again for sharing

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