Lessons from Survivor

I have been binge watching Survivor this month mostly because of the adrenaline rush that it gives me. It’s safe to say that it is one of those shows where you can draw so many life lessons and I don’t think it will ever get old. The winner has to OUTWIT, OUTPLAY and OUTLAST the rest of the contestants ro be crowned the sole survivor and win the cash prize. Here are a few lessons that I’ve gathered so far.

  1. It is not over until it’s over – The number of times people have come in from the bottom and won the challenges are countless. So long as the game is still on don’t give up, keep at it and keep moving. The same can be applied to your life so long as there’s still an open window keep doing whatever you have to do to win.
  1. Have a strategy – Never embark on anything blindly. Have a clear plan of what you want to do, why you want to do it and how you will get it done.
  2. Teamwork – It’s important to learn how to work with people. There is a famous African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” You have to learn when you need to work with a team and when you need to work on your own.
  3. Learn who to trust – I recently came across the term Intuitive repulsion recently which is having the feeling that something is not right within the first two seconds. Learn how to make snap judgments of who you can trust, with what information and to what extent. It makes me cringe every time someone trusts the wrong person on that show. I am all for sharing but not everything is supposed to be told.
  4. Be flexible – Life is so unpredictable and it will throw you curve balls that you couldn’t  have foreseen. Learn how to roll with the punches and never lose your fighting spirit.
  5. Don’t take things personally – At first I used to root for the “good guys”. Those that play a safe game and don’t step on any toes but then I realized that it’s a game and if you are just cruising through life and riding on someone else’s game in my opinion you don’t deserve to win.
  6. Be careful with how you treat people – At the end of the day some of the people who are voted out form the jury that determines the winner. It’s important to play SMART and not DIRTY. If you rub the people that might in some way help you along the way the wrong way best believe you will not win.
  7. Take risks – It’s not just about taking risks but calculative risks. The game changes fast so learn to act fast.
  8. The Power of quiet – In almost all of the Survivor seasons that I’ve watched to date the “underdogs” mostly come out on top. It goes to show the power that lies in QUIET. You don’t have to be the loudest or strongest in the room, you just have to harness your strengths and know what your game plan is.
  9. Have fun – Never forget to have fun in everything that you do.

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