Have you ever thought about making a safari trip? In this Expert Insight Interview, Lorne Sulcass discusses how we can learn from African three big predators to thrive in the highly complex world we live in nowadays. Lorne Sulcas, known as the Big Cat Guy, is a former successful management consultant and now a motivational speaker and an international award-winning wildlife photographer and expert.
The interview discusses:
- The passion and the process to make a career shift
- The challenge to face when making a shift
- Parallel between African predators and the corporate world
Make a Shift
When we are 18 years old and approaching college, many people do not know what they want to do in their lives. Then we end up choosing the profession that seems the most logical at that time, something that will give us security in the future. However, having one life-altering experience as visiting the African Bush for the first time can have such a powerful impact on a person. An effect that big to make him switch his management consulting career for tracking, observing, and photographing wild cats in South African Bush. When some experience has such a strong influence on us, the only thing we can do is to embrace the change and to follow the newly discovered passion.
If we find passion in our current job does not mean that we cannot discover new things that make us passionate in life. Life is a process in which stuff that felt right in one moment might not feel right later. Our views change because things that influence our decision- making change. The biggest challenge for a person deciding to switch a career is not having the right background and education, only a dream and a passion. However, the opportunity is somewhere out there, and it is crucial to stay determined to find a way to find that opportunity for yourself. An extremely significant skill to have at that moment is a communication skill, which sometimes comes even handier than some technical skill.
People who come to Safari usually want to see the big cats like lions, leopards, and cheetahs. These animals are succeeding in their survival for a long time, and the studies help to get to know them better and to learn their patterns. They have features and characteristics very relatable to people, like when they use their cognitive functioning skills in preying. Their daily behavior and the strategies they use in finding food or in dealing with change and competition mirrors our corporate world behavior. For instance, the lion represents a king of the jungle, but he has a tough life maintaining that status.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.