Quinte, On. real estate agent: I Am Elephant

I Am Elephant

Stefan Swanepoel's new book, Surviving Your Serengeti is going to be one of those "must read" books for people who are looking to survive in the ever-changing business world today. Real estate professionals will be particularly interested in it, as Stefan is well known in this industry as a pretty sharp fellow. Thousands of Industry Leaders and Realtors® rely on the Swanepoel TRENDS Report every year to guide their decisions in this business.

This book paralells the survival challenges that animals on the Serengeti face with many of the challenges that business people face. Each animal has unique skills that help it survive, and we can learn a lot from them.

I previewed the first two chapters and took the online What Animal Am I quiz, and now I'm blogging about it as as per the Active Rain Surviving-Your-Serengeti challenge.

I was surprised to discover that the animal that shares many of the same skillsets as myself is the elephant.  Other than an unusually large dangly bit and a memory that can remember every insult that I ever recieved from the age of two onwards, I wouldn't have thought that I had much in common with this majestic animal.

From the quiz results;

"Just as it is for elephants, successful relationships between people-in both life and business-depend on good communication. Effective communicators understand that it's not always best to use a lot of words when relaying an idea. In fact, the more words we use, the more our message can be obscured"

I will leave it at that.

Comment balloon 13 commentsMalcolm Johnston • February 21 2011 03:56PM


Very interesting.  Thank you for the suggestion.  I will look into it.

Posted by Faina Reinhardt (HotRentalsNY.com) over 8 years ago

Well written and to the point.  I liked it.  Glad to know you, elephant!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Malcolm - I'd say if you have to be an animal an elephant is as good as it gets.  They are not only huge,  they are loyal and defend members of their herd to the death and mourn when they lose one of their own.  I'm a crocodile and I'm still looking for the upside of sharing survival skills with the enterprising croc.  Guess I'll have to buy the book...

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 8 years ago

HI Malcolm,

From a crocodile to and elephant, Isn't it Pfunn in the Jungle.......

both of us (as Species) have been around longer than most animals, so we must be doing something right...

I just ordered 10 copies of the book, and will be giving them away to our best clients and close friends,...

Happy Selling, in the Jungle.



Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 8 years ago


Seems interesting.

I suppose there are quite a few comparisons as are often attributed as having certain human characteristics.



Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, sounds like an interesting challenge. Thanks for letting us know.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, and here I thought everyone was going to be a croc. Knowing you for more than a year, I am not surprised of your identification.  Nice write up, I hope you win.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the review and support Malcolm, and yes, elephants are majestic animals. Impressive but humble, powerful but gentle - and above all, incredible communicators!

Stefan Swanepoel
Author : Surviving Your Serengeti

Posted by Stefan Swanepoel (New York Times Bestselling Author & International Speaker) about 8 years ago

I'm had to stop buy and blow my trumpet for my fellow elephant!!!! 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 8 years ago

Malcolm - Congratulations on being an elephant - I see nothing negative about having a huge, long, dangly bit!  I think being a good communicator, listener, and reader of body language is imperative when working with the public.  I bow to you with my great, big, long, dangly neck!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 8 years ago

Yeah! Another elephant. I’m an elephant, and you’re the only other elephant I know of. Everyone else seems to be giraffes and crocodiles.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 8 years ago

Malcolm, don't forget that poachers are killing off the herds for their ivory!


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) about 8 years ago

True that what Jim said. I'm a crocodile and seems like most of who I have 'met in this challenge are other crocs and giraffes. Great to be an elephant!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 8 years ago