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5 Lessons Your Dog Can Teach You About Success

5 Lessons Your Dog Can Teach You About Success

Watch him lounging on the couch, snoozing in the sun, taking a leisurely stroll. This is not a vacation. It’s your dog’s enviable existence. There’s more to learn from the canine life than the value of a good nap. In fact, you can improve your own life – both personally and financially – with a few tips from Fido.


Anyone who has played fetch with a dog has a good example of laser focus. In our culture of distraction, where we believe it’s actually possible to multitask effectively, focus is a rare beast. A recent study found that multitasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40 percent and, even worse, undermines our ability to tune out distractions.

Turning your complete attention to the task at hand not only gets the job done, but your brain will thank you for the break.

Don’t Be Afraid to Jump In

You’ll rarely see a dog hesitate to go barreling into a messy situation if the need arises, say when the tennis ball lands in a mud puddle.

This willingness to go all in can be a reward in itself, but in many jobs (particularly commission-based ones), it can be the difference between success and failure.

Use Your Nose

A dog’s nose is his keenest sense, and he uses it to investigate – everything. In business, we call this “due diligence” – the research and analysis necessary before making a transaction. While you might already be in the habit of doing Google searches and asking smart questions before making a commitment to a friend, an employer, or a new appliance, you may overlook your natural instincts.

However, sometimes that intangible feeling in your gut is what will lead you in the right direction. Your dog is telling you to sniff out what the numbers can’t tell you.

Be a Team Player

Your dog is showing you how to get rich. Know how? She’s flat-out thrilled when you walk in the room. She’s always in a good mood and never criticizes you. She cheers you up when you’re down and sticks by you no matter what. She’s showing you how to succeed in your career.

When you’re a positive force, someone who is always supportive of your coworkers and is pleasant to be around, you will get rewarded. And that reward will likely be much better than a doggie bone.

Related: Another way to get rewards, read a card review and see what’s best for your wallet.

Save for a Rainy Day

We’ve all yelled at the dog for digging indiscriminately in the garden, but guess what? It’s not indiscriminate. Your dog is using a primal instinct judiciously telling him to store food. Yes, even your dog knows it is wise to put aside some scratch for hard times ahead. He doesn’t even worry about earning interest or making a wise investment – he’s just making sure there’s a bone to dig up when the gravy train runs dry.

Take a lesson from your canine friend and build an emergency fund.

By Tammy K with CreditDonkey. More from CreditDonkey:

Photo Credit: rapfish via flickr

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6:02AM PST on Feb 19, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

1:38AM PST on Jan 7, 2015

Thank you for sharing

6:03AM PST on Dec 1, 2014


6:00AM PST on Nov 30, 2014

Thank you

4:21AM PST on Nov 30, 2014

There're always reasons to love and respect our furry friends

2:18PM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

true, thanks

3:28AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Thank you

6:50PM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

Cute - thanks for the post

9:47AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014


11:59AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

A similar one for Cat lovers is the book "10 spiritual lessons you can learn from your cat" by Joanna Sandsmark. Some examples:
1. There should always be time for play,even in a busy life.
2. Lavish Love & attention on the people closest to you.
3. A good night's sleep & the ability to relax are the antidotes to stress.
4. Keep your eyes open for new opportunities.
5.Take pleasure in the small things & live a life filled with joy.

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