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“Surviving Your Serengeti” Book Review

written by Head Health Nutter April 1, 2011

Guns ‘n Roses had a great analogy for life and business: Welcome to the jungle, Baby. For author, Stefan Swanepoel, the challenges life presents are more like the African safari! In today’s review post, we share with you a short fable of self-discovery and 7 essential skills to master business and life.

Before we go any further, please take a few moments with this fun quiz, What Animal Am I? Go ahead, I’ll wait here.

Did you find out something about yourself that you didn’t know before? The quiz you just took was developed to help you discover what animal you are based on the book we’re reviewing today. It’s a taste of what you’ll find in Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life.

Who will like this book?

If you yearn to learn the life and business skills needed to be successful in today’s world, this book is written for you. It’s short and sweet, so for all you time-strapped readers, you can easily read Surviving Your Serengeti in three hours. And for all you non-readers, the lessons are taught in story format, so it’s easily digestible.

About Surviving Your Serengeti

Why is a jungle, or African Serengeti (one of the 10 natural wonders of the world), such an apt analogy for life and business? Because the wild can be tough. It continually offers challenges that often threaten our very survival.

In today’s society, despite all the convenience and creature comforts we enjoy, it ain’t getting any easier. In fact, they may be getting more complicated. Most of us are still reeling from an unstable economy; some of the strongest companies crumbled and many people lost their jobs.

Stefan Swanepoel wrote Surviving Your Serengeti in response to these troubling times. Through a riveting tale of life in Africa’s Serengeti, he illustrates seven lessons to help us overcome our challenges.

From the book description:

Every year, more than two million animals make a thousand-mile journey across the harsh, beautiful Serengeti, a journey full of danger. In this dramatic fable, a band of anxious travelers witness the migration, meet a mysterious stranger, and learn seven skills from the animals that thrive in the extreme, constantly changing conditions.

Just as animals on the Serengeti possess a unique skill that helps them survive, your strengths drive you on when life becomes difficult. Are you an enduring wildebeest, who understands that any goal worth achieving requires pressing on despite the hardships? Or are you a strategic lion, who knows how to execute a sound strategy with a stealthy, unified team? Do you take brave gambles like the risk-taking mongoose? Do you have the elegance of the gracious giraffe or the remarkable skills of the communicating elephant? Do you spot opportunities in adversity like the enterprising crocodile or are you as effective with your resources as the efficient cheetah?

The travelers on safari in this fable discover in the Serengeti the essence of life itself, and find in the animals, a road map for mastering the difficulties and struggles we all experience.

About the Author

Stefan Swanepoel was born in the Serengeti and spent the first 35 years of his life in Kenya, Hong Kong and South Africa. He is a successful businessman, a best-selling author and widely traveled public speaker, having presented more than 750 talks to audiences of over 500,000 people.

Swanepoel’s academic accomplishments include a bachelor’s degree in science, a master’s degree in business economics and diplomas in arbitration, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, computer science and marketing. He has served as CEO of seven companies and two non-profits.

Stefan has spent his career identifying trends and changes in the real estate industry and is widely recognized as the leading visionary in this field. He has authored 19 books and reports on business trends, real estate and social media.

Surviving Your Serengeti is his first fable.

Live Lighter Book Review

When I first started reading Surviving Your Serengeti, I thought it was a bit too simple and the descriptive passages too forced. Although Stefan Swanepoel is no Stephen King, I couldn’t help but get sucked into the story! Plus, I learned to appreciate the incredible wisdom in its simplicity.

To help facilitate the learning process, Swanepoel adds a section after each chapter that illustrates a skill. It summarizes the skill for that animal, reiterates how it’s relevant to us in both life and business, and tells us how we can apply the knowledge and maximize the skill.

I’ve already started applying Stefan’s lessons to both my life and career. And I plan on rereading the book for extra absorption – why not, it’s only a 3-hour read and it’s fun!

Whether you own a business, work for an employer or lead a family, anyone who loves an entertaining story with wisdom spun throughout (such as comparable books, like The Celestine Prophesy and The Alchemist), I promise you’ll enjoy Surviving Your Serengeti.

I’m the gracious giraffe. What animal are you?

Buy Your Own Copy

Visit the author’s store to see purchase options, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. The list price is $21.95 but lucky us, we can get it for only $15!


I received a free copy of Surviving Your Serengeti in exchange for an honest review.

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Heather April 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

It intrigued at least one of my friends on FB that she went out and got the book and read it in one day! I also mentioned it to my boss, who took the test and was impressed – so,…..Thank YOU!

Head Health Nutter April 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Nice, Heather! You’re most welcome. You’re a gracious giraffe, aren’t you? 🙂

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