Don’t Chase That Snake!

When I was 10 years old, one of my best friends was Bob Queen.  One afternoon while exploring the back acreage of our neighboring farms, a snake bit Bob. Seeing the snake slither off, my immediate response was to run after the snake, track him down and repay the scoundrel for what he had done to my friend.  Bob, however, being a much wiser hunter and outdoorsman, quickly pulled out his knife, lanced the bite, sucked the blood out and spit out the poison.  The focus for him was on his own well being, not on repaying the snake.

How often I see people chasing the snake in their own lives.  The company folds or you just simply get laid off.  The immediate reaction may include anger, resentment, bitterness, and backstabbing.  These lead to discouragement, frustration, guilt and depression.  Be aware that all of these reactions and feelings focus on the past.  Turning around and looking to the future opens up confidence, boldness, and enthusiasm.  These often lead to an increased sense of accomplishment, personal control, fulfillment and even money.

If Bob and I had chased that snake, the poison would have been given opportunity to plunge through his veins, draining his energy and perhaps leading to his death.  What are you doing in your life?  Are you chasing a snake in the past or pursuing a dream in the future?  Choose carefully; your life may be at stake.

     Chasing the Snake

  • Filing discrimination suit
  • Carrying a picket sign in front of the old company
  • Focusing on unemployment qualificationSpending more than one hour daily watching TV news
  • Having gripe sessions with others who were let go

     Eliminating the Poison

  • Contacting 30-40 companies about your opportunities
  • Increasing your volunteer time
  • Spending 2 hours daily reading or listening to positive, inspirational material
  • Working out , eating right, smiling more and feeling great
  • Planning for the business you’ve always dreamed of

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2 Responses to “Don’t Chase That Snake!”

  1. Abigail Says:


    Awesome analogy! I work with clients who are still chaisng the snake 10 years after the “bite”. They cannot figure out why they aren’t making progress in their life. Once they learn to “let it go” and focus on what they want TODAY they make great strides.

  2. Tyler Says:

    Sometimes it is hard to let go. I spent a great deal of time and energy learning/apprenticing in the real estate appraisal profession. With encouragement from my wife, I have resolved to start over . . find a new career even if I need to go back to school. TODAY is the day I need to live in; yesterday is in the past and I can’t do anything about it except learn from it.

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