#Hedgehog August 2

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The HEDGEHOG is a mammal and there are some 15 plus species found across the world but none in North America. Some people have HEDGEHOGS as pets.


From National Geographic Magazine

The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods. These animals root through hedges and other undergrowth in search of the small creatures that compose the bulk of their diet—insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes. As a hedgehog picks its way through the hedges it emits piglike grunts—thus, the hedgehog.

The HEDGEHOG has one interesting quality about it. In fact one famous business author Jim Collins uses it as the centerpiece of his best selling book Good to Great.


One quality that makes the HEDGEHOG the best in the world is a defense tactic against attacks. They have a coat of stiff, sharp spines. If attacked they will curl into a prickly and unappetizing ball that thwarts all enemy attacks.

The lesson we all can learn from the HEDGEHOG comes from a Greek poem written by Archilochus.

The poem tells a story about a conning and brilliant fox. This fox understands almost everything in the territory around him. He decides he has never eaten a HEDGEHOG and plots a perfect attack plan that makes him worthy of the descriptor “clever like a fox”.

Meanwhile, the HEDGEHOG is described as basic, drab, and simplistic. In the poem he just goes about his business unaware.

When the fox launches his perfectly crafted attack the hedgehog rolls himself into a spiny, impenetrable ball. The fox doesn’t give up and keeps spending time with new plans but the results repeat themselves over and over.

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing,” the poem famously concludes.

What is the ONE BIG thing you do better then anyone else? You discover that and you will begin the journey from good to great.



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