How To Survive In A Dog Eat Dog World

At a time when we have access to more information, and overall are in better health than any previous generations things seem to be getting worse.  What I have noticed in our great free society is that have the luxury of wasting our lives, our time and our resources.  We are free to self-destruct.  The game of survive however hasn’t changed.  It is still survival of the fittest.

The “Dog Eat Dog” cliché always intrigued me. It originates from a Latin proverb recorded in the 1500’s. Today it refers to people that will do anything to be successful, even if it harms other people.

Ruthless acquisition or competition, looking out for your own interest.

Everything is about choice when you have freedom to choose like we do in America. Even failure to act is a choice. You can do nothing if you want to, or be nothing.

In the dog pack there are three arch-types. There is the alpha, the beta and the omega. And many so called “Millennial” have chosen to be the Omega Dog.  It sounds better than it is.

In a pack, a tribe, or most communities, the “Alpha” is the strongest.  For years, there has been a lot of focus and dogma honestly promoting the concept of being the alpha.  I don’t think it was a bad thing.  Not everyone can be or should be a leader but knowing what qualities makes a good one help us all.  There was a push to overachieve.  I believe the “Baby-boomers” crushed that one.  That was my fathers’ generation.  Then there are the betas.  They are second, often confident.  They believe in working smarter not harder.  This was the generation of the pyramid and Ponzi schemes, junk bonds, and birthed Hip Hop.  The “”dog” is still there it just changed that way it looked.

Today I see a proliferation of the Omega dog. It is weak physically.  It chooses to be a follower instead of a leader.  It is bullied more than any previous generation.

Here are some quotes from this generation to emphasize my point.

I wanted it to be easy.  People like me want it all and we want it now. And to make things worse, we want it really easy.

Hard work for us is an anachronistic reference – like when my mom or dad reminds me how they each had to walk five miles to school, barefoot in the snow, uphill.

When things get too difficult, I quit.

I watched others fail. Marriage, organized religion, etc. Count me out.

We follow a leader and trust what they did.  We do what they do –I fear failure.

I am not trying to leave home if I can help it for the sake of appearance.

So what is my advice for the Omega dogs today?
Break out of the pack.  Take advantage of the abundance of knowledge and cut your own path.

You have to “know your dog, and know your fleas.  This is my mantra for this, given to me by one of my mentors.

Socrates said

 the unexamined life is not worth living.

It’s one of my favorite quotes.  It is in the realm of know thyself.  To thine own self be true.  The Holy Bible, the movie, The Matrix, everybody has used it at some time or another because it is just as powerful then as it is for you now.

socrates quote

You can change direction if you don’t know where you are.  If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.  Take a hard look at yourself and identify your weaknesses and strengths. Don’t let them sneak up on you.  As soon as you expose them you can work to master them.

These are your fleas.  They are distractions, diversions, and holes in your armor.  As unique and as different as you think you are, I guarantee you that what you do is similar to someone else.  We all have issues. They are just of varying degrees.  Whatever yours are -you can handle it.  You must take control of your life.  You must take control of your choices, decisions.  Know your enemy.  Especially if it is you.  And as a responsible person you move to the next steps, which are goal setting and focus.

To do that you have to make a goal.  In all honesty you will need more that one but I know that if you can fulfill one, you will be have the increased confidence to try it again.  Is it hard getting started?  Of course it is.  The secret to motivational business is that really no one can motivate you to do anything you don’t want to already do.

Technically, motivation is the desire to do things. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to chase opportunity or moping around the house all day. It is crucial.  There is research that says you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the doubts, your past, your fears, and start being who you want to be.

Goals provide focus. With no guiding vision or plan, we tend to drift.  Movement is not the same as progress.

Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow

Goals provide a measuring stick for progress. Goals enhance productivity. They bolster self-esteem. And most of all, goals increase commitment, so you’re more likely to achieve whatever you set out to conquer.

You need focus.

You need courage.  It takes a certain amount of inner strength not to follow the herd. Herds are omegas.  In nature, herds move a large number of creatures together, which is good and bad.  It moves a large number of creatures at the same time, and negatively it makes it a huge and plentiful target for predators.  Stragglers get culled first.  Herds can be easily manipulated to go in the wrong direction.  They can be “herded” like cattle, or herring.  They can be gulped en masse like plankton, and shrimp.  You get my drift.

To survive in a dog eat dog world you have to be your own dog.  Lead your own pack.  Live your life to the fullest using all the freedom this country affords while you can.  Freedom never is and never was free.

Do you want to just survive or thrive?

To thrive here are four reminders.

1. Set goals.
2. Focus
3. Work your plan.
4. Know thyself.


Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the force behind, founder of Blanchard.Media and the