Are you a fox or a hedgehog?

‘It is simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do.’  John Adams

In today’s blog post, I will continue talking about the theme of passion in relation to creating legacy by telling you a story about the fox and the hedgehog.

There is an ancient Greek parable which says: ‘The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.’ The fox is a cunning creature, able to devise a myriad of complex strategies for sneak attacks upon the hedgehog. Day in and day out, the fox circles around the hedgehog’s den, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. Fast, sleek, beautiful, fleet of foot, and crafty – the fox looks like the sure winner. The hedgehog, on the other hand, is a dowdier creature, looking like a genetic mix-up between a porcupine and a small armadillo. He waddles along, going about his simple day, searching for lunch and taking care of his home.

 The fox waits in cunning silence at the juncture in the trail. The hedgehog, minding his own business, wanders right into the path of the fox. ‘Aha, I’ve got you now!’ thinks the fox. He leaps out, bounding across the ground, lightning fast. The little hedgehog, sensing danger, looks up and thinks, ‘Here we go again. Will he ever learn?’ Rolling up into a perfect little ball, the hedgehog becomes a sphere of sharp spikes, pointing outward in all directions. The fox, bounding towards his prey, sees the hedgehog defence and calls off the attack. Retreating back to the forest, the fox begins to calculate a new line of attack. Each day, some version of his battle between the hedgehog and the fox takes place, and despite the greater cunning of the fox, the hedgehog always wins.

 Which one of these are you? In the next blog post, I will reveal what makes ‘hedgehog thinking’ so unique, and why in case you are a fox you might want to become a hedgehog.

The time is now.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at www.alexaispas.com