Hunting the Lion

Hunt your prey until they collapse. This is the one true way.

When you start on this quest you will be hungry and your opponents will be far. You’ll see them in the distance but they will seem untouchable. Don’t believe it.

They will get comfortable and they will rest, but you will keep running. So you will get closer.

The sun may set and leave you in the dark. The temperature might rise until your blood boils. Because your prey is fat from its spoils and conquests, you will get closer still.

By the time you are noticed, it will be too late. You will be on them.

It is in the nature of the king to get lazy and fat. He feels unstoppable and is guarded on all sides. But one day you will get close enough.

The chase will be long. You’ll have to evade sleep, capture, and the lullaby of comfort.

If you can do this, one day you too can be king.

Hopefully, by then, you’ll have learned to watch your back.






11 responses to “Hunting the Lion”

  1. Mitch Gallant Avatar

    I love this post! The persistence to succeed is not common. I plan to include this in my staff training manual! (if that’s cool by you)

    1. Julien Avatar

      Sure dude, just credit me, it’s all good. 🙂

  2. Black dog Avatar
    Black dog


  3. Ken Brand Avatar

    Super vivid and universalish. Excellent.

    The whole thing is money, but this is a diamond: the lullaby of comfort.

    Cheers and thanks.

  4. CT Moore Avatar

    You should start doing mini-podcast sound bites for posts like these.

  5. Christa Avampato Avatar

    Good stuff! When I was in South Africa, we spent a few days near Kruger and had the chance to watch a lioness hunt. It was truly an incredible event to witness. Her strategy and patience taught me a great lesson about competition, echoed in every rearview mirror in America: objects in the distance may be closer than they appear.

  6. Judy Helfand Avatar

    Hmmm, I don’t know if I want to be king. In “Henry IV” By William Shakespeare, Henry says: “Heavy is the head that wears the crown”. Margaret Croyden a theater reviewer once wrote: “He [Henry] knows that to hold the crown he will become a killer. And the killing never stops. Henry brutally slaughters the opposition and later, Prince Hal, the future Henry V, will do the same. He immediately goes to war with France to expand the empire, thus following in the footsteps of his father.”

    I came to know this funny little quote, “heavy is the head that wears the crown,” when I owned our country inn and it was the Friday night tradition to serve pizza to the guests. One Friday night I had the duty and our CHEF [picture Ignatius J. Reilly from Confederacy of Dunces] walked into the kitchen and asked if I was the Pizza Queen for the night. I responded affirmatively, to which he reminded me: “Heavy is the head that wears the crown!”

    Thanks for writing…again you are provocative.

  7. Brandon Avatar

    Nice story to get the emotions going and to make it real. That is so true. I heard you on the Six Pixels Podcast and checking everyone out.

    This is relevant for me as I am starting a new niche with some players in it, and this will be a nice motivational brainhack.

    Cool Cool.


  8. Ricardo Bueno Avatar

    Reading this somehow got me all pumped today Julien (so thanks!).

  9. Nerea Avatar

    Success is continious chasing but never feeling you are the king/queen but instead a prey

  10. John Wall Avatar
    John Wall

    Indeed the crown is heavy, but there’s no plays written about the guys who missed the Battle at Agincore. I’d rather look back with fondess for my band of brothers than stay home and watch TV.

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