I’m currently smitten with the idea of Foxhogs as captured in Ian Leslie’s book Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.
As Mr. Leslie notes, the parable of the Fox and the Hedgehog is easily summarized: be great at what you do. In our modern world, that means specialization, expert-status, etc etc.
The fox moves quickly and widely, and therefore accumulates a great breadth of knowledge. When danger arises, the fox dashes away to his next adventure.
In contrast, the hedgehog is best at staying in one place. And, when danger arises, he curls in to a ball and rolls towards protection.
In life, business, and of course energy and mindset, there is value to being part fox and part hedgehog.
Knowing how and when to move, doing it often, and learning on the go are just some reasons foxes are great to have around.
Just as important is understanding when to slow down, focus on a task, iterate, and make it happen. And that is the role of your inner hedgehog.
To riff on the author’s concept, the world really belongs to those who can easily navigate through growth, speed, and excitement while allowing for calm, knowing, and slowing.
The author calls these individuals ‘foxhogs’, and argues that becoming one is a noble aspiration for everyone. I readily agree.
(And admittedly, if you’re anything like me, the visual of what a foxhog might look like just makes me smile.)
So if you aren’t feeling like your life could be described already, becoming a foxhog can be a goal.
Noticing your foxhog traits can become a daily exercise. (It has for me.)
And remaining a foxhog for life is definitely a goal.
Is it an overnight process? Nope.
But I speak from experience when I say it’s an exciting and fulfilling journey.