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One of my favorite stories is the African proverb that goes like this:

“In Africa every morning a gazelle awakens knowing that it must outrun the fastest lion if it wants to stay alive. Every morning a lion wakes up knowing that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.

It makes no difference whether you are a lion or a gazelle: When the sun comes up, you had better be running. ”

I thought of this story as I arose shortly after 5 this morning and headed upstairs to my home office. Now that I am an entrepreneur I identify with the gazelle more than ever.  I was at work long before the sun came up. This morning I had a call and brainstorming session with a fellow Cornell alum in Philadelphia (whom I “met” on LinkedIn) and became twitter friends with his partner, yet another Cornell colleague, in Sacramento. It’s amazing how spending time on a hill in Ithaca, New York (even though we were in different class years)  draws people together. They are working on a time billing system for prosumers targeting small law firms.  It was an interesting synergy because I have experience working at a law firm as a marketing director.

The gazelle in me who has a vision for a successful PR/Marketing enterprise is off and running, energized today by people with a shared experience from  “far above Cayuga’s waters.”

Follow me on twitter @MarketingMel.

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4 Responses to “Gazelles and Lions: You Better be Running”

  1. Thanks Mary Ellen for brainstorming with us and sharing your insights. Very generous of you and most helpful!

    We’re already off and running with the potential partner you mentioned 🙂

    We’ll stay in touch and keep “running” along with you here 🙂

  2. Dave Sieg says:

    Mel:
    Welcome to the world of EWH (Entrepreneurs Working from Home)! I sometimes find it challenging to separate Work from Not Work, and get the balance right, but other than that, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
    Now be honest: Were you all dressed up in your business suit for your 5am SkypeCon?

    • maryellenmiller says:

      Thanks Dave. I’m with you. Wouldn’t have it any other way but I am still on the balance beam. Yes, I love to work at 5 AM and I won’t comment on your attire question. 😉

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