How is a woman entrepreneur like a bald eagle?About ten years ago, I was heavily into writing spoken word pieces and poetry. I am notorious for taking analogies and turning them into concepts. I wrote a piece about the female eagle and how she chooses her mate a while back and compared it to one of the relationships I was in. It’s amazing that a bird was smarter at choosing her mate than I was at the time. Just as the Lion is the king of the jungle, the Eagle is the queen of the air, and there are many lessons we can learn from her as an entrepreneur.

How She Chooses her Mate

When a female eagle is interested in mating, she takes him through a series of tests. (Sound familiar, ladies?) But her tests are simple. Once she chooses the male that she is interested in, she flies with him for awhile. If she likes the way he flies, she finds a small stick, picks it up and flies high with it. At some point she will drop the stick to see if the male can catch it. If he does, then she finds a larger stick and flies with it much higher this time. Each time the male catches the stick, she continues to pick up larger sticks. By the time she finds the largest, heaviest stick that she herself can carry, the stick is almost the size of a small log!

At any time in this process, if the male fails to catch the stick, she flies away from him as her signal that the test is now over. She begins her search all over again. And when she again finds a male she is interested in, she starts testing him in the exact same way. And she will continue this “testing” until she finds the male Eagle who can catch all the sticks. When she does, she chooses him, and will mate with him for life. One of the reasons for this test is that at some point they will build a nest together high up and will then have their Eaglets. When the babies begin to learn to fly, they sometimes fall. It is then that the male must catch his young. And he does.

So what can an Entreprenista learn from the female Eagle?

Be Valiant.

My dad told me a long time ago that people and animals can smell fear. When you are fearless, nothing or NO-Thing will be able to stop you. Faith and fear are equivalent: the only difference is one is on the positive side and the other is on the negative. Be courageous, heroic, bold, brave, gallant, intrepid… BE FEARLESS. An eagle has no fear of its prey, no matter the size.

Create a process that works and weed out anything and anyone that is NOT dedicated to you, your business and the longevity of it.

The female eagle has a process that works. It is effective, strategic, and efficient. Do you have a process? If so, what does it include? What does it entail when it comes to building and maintaining partnerships and relationships? What are your qualifying factors? Will your business outlive you? Because once paired, bald eagles remain together until the other dies. This is exactly how you should feel about your business and any partnerships you develop: ’til death do us part.

Your vision must be crystal clear in order for it to be successful.

All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight. An eagle’s eye is almost as large as a human’s, but its sharpness is at least four times that of a person with perfect vision.  As an entrepreneur, you must know how to convey to others what it is that you are selling. Investors need a clear business plan indicating the proposed ROI. Clients and customers need to know why your product or service will benefit them better than the competition. You have to know what you want in order to get what you want, right?

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