Gazelles and Lions: You Better be Running





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.”


  • Brett Owens says:

    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 🙂

  • Dave Sieg says:

    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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