Master Keys MMA – Week 11: I am a Lion!


I am lion!    Hear me ROAR!I am a lion2

Or pose nicely with the Tanzanian wind in my mane!

“I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep.”  - Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World. 

Wow did this one jump out at me!!  One of the songs I like to sing – and introduced to my 8 year old a few days before we started reading Scroll III (interesting!!) – is “The Lion Sleeps Tonight“.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight“, also known as “Wimba Way” or “Wimoweh” (and originally as “Mbube”), is a song written and recorded by Solomon Linda originally with the Evening Birds (Song by Solomon Linda originally titled just “Mbube“) for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. Originally composed only in IsiZulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950s pop and folk revival artists, including The Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriram Makeba, and The Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the U.S. as adapted in English by the doo-wop group The Tokens.  It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from covers and film licensing. – information courtesy of Wikipedia.

The last version mentioned, from the Tokens, is what I remember. Interestingly no-one mentioned the Nylons as having covered this song (I saw them do this song in Toronto).

Between the fact that this song started in 1937 and was redone by so many artists and earned more than $15 million!!! AND this week’s call, when Mark & Davene showed us clearly how the Scrolls and Haanel were connected, how the 7 Laws of the Mind are in both, well……it got me to thinking……

How many of our current motivational speakers and authors have used what was originally “composed” by Og Mandino (1968, The Greatest Salesman in the World) and “adapted” it for today’s audience. How many times do we see, hear, experience these messages, we just did not know where it originated from??

Evolution or Creation? Does it matter?  We just need to listen and be the lion!

There are so many messages in Og Mandino’s Scroll III.   In reading these past 10 days, I found myself recalling similar messages, other instances of clarity, over the years – people I listened to, books I read, videos I watched.   I thought I’d take this time to jot down the key aspects of these messages, noting anything which I found related, and recap them below in my own words (which are really only a rearrangement of others words are they not?):

  • Life tests us in many ways – some of them may be painful. Charge forward no matter what. No matter how many times. I recalled the story of the little boy who thought he was helping the butterfly come out of its cocoon by cutting it open. “It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings (and it turns out) the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly.” Something so beautiful only existed from struggle.  Makes me take pause. You? 
  • I was not put here to fail; I was meant to succeed. Woo Hoo!!!
  • Success exists; it is just a matter of time. Keep moving forward. Thank goodness!
  • How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time.  Duh!!   And….wait for it….One of my favourite cartoons during this time of year when I was as a kid.  BTW – look for the ‘Guy in the Glass’ – he’s in here too!  
  • The Compound Effect: It works! Slow and steady wins the race.  Anyone have a penny?
  • I only recognize and use positive words of success. Everything IS possible.  PMA
  • Go For No! The more nos you get the more times you’ll hear yes as well. It’s the ‘ancient law of averages’ (a numbers game).  Love the holiday buttonsno-yes
  • An obstacle is not a road block, merely an opportunity to learn, a “detour to my goal and a challenge to my profession.”  If I go over a road bump I was not expecting, I keep driving, take a quick look over my shoulder and say “That was fun!”
  • After everyone else has stopped, continue on in order to end each day on a success.  “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach  It’s clear sailing after rush hour! Look out world. 
  • Make today count.  I do! 
  • “I persist. I win.”

lion walking away2I am a lion!
I persist and I succeed!

Thank you for joining me this week.
Carolynn Sokil

A special thanks goes to Naazneen Pirbhai for the use of her photos – safari in Ngorongoro, Tanzania


21 thoughts on “Master Keys MMA – Week 11: I am a Lion!

  1. Able Tsang

    Wow. Those are really beautiful pictures. AND I LOVE THAT SONG!!

    I really like the story about the butterfly. Today I overheard my parents watching and talking about the news and how two large factories laid all their workers off. It got me thinking… being laid off… is that one of the worst things that could happen to them, or the best? Who knows. They decide!

    (I wanted to say that I sometimes jam to Katy Perry’s song about roaring, but I realized that it’s a tiger in the song, not a lion… LOL!)

  2. Christine Haines

    If I had to pick you as a sheep or a lion, it would most certainly be a lion. You are positive and driven, focused and reflective. It was a good review of things we’ve heard over the years. There’s also been a lot of nonsense that we have learnt (obviously) that we are now learning the truth about, which is so empowering. Now we know what to concentrate our efforts on and how, and what to ignore and how. Love the video. Will get my girls to watch it.

  3. Sue

    Carolyn, I read this yesterday evening, and have had the song in my head ever since: “You put one foot in front of the other…” Thanks for that! I need to go watch Rudolph now. Excellent post – I’m a lion, too! Hear me ROAR!!!

  4. kathie bakken

    I concur, definitely a lion! Thank you for such a eloquent overview of this weeks material. I’ve wondered myself recently, how many of the motivational guru’s did / do use Og’s work as a base. Had never seen ‘Put one foot in front of the other’, what a great encouraging clip for young and old! My favorite phrase when I’m overwhelmed or when I’m encouraging someone, is ‘baby steps.” Glad to be on this journey with you!

  5. Nancy Mills

    Hello Carolynn :-) so enjoyed your post, always loved “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and now I’ve heard the original version and know it’s history, too ~ greatly appreciated finding the “Guy in the Glass” in your other video . . . this post is a regular fruitcake of rich delights, glad to mastermind with you!

  6. Joe Couto

    Scroll III has brought out emotions in me especially “I hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious”. This is step 3 of 4 to persistence and success.
    I really enjoyed your post this week Carolynn. The music and video we’re a nice tie-in with our learning, and made for an enjoyable visit.
    So glad you’re part of this MMA

  7. William Knox

    Carolynn! That was absolutely delightful! In fact I am going to have my daughter read it and most definitely play “Put one foot in front of the other” as a motivator. Thank you.

    1. Carolynn Post author

      Hi Bill, Thank you for your kind words and all the best to your daughter! I am confident that if we keep doing what we love to do…we will find a niche to do it for a living. I send out positive prayers for her to find what she needs. Cheers! Carolynn

    1. Carolynn Post author

      Thank you David. My friend who took the pictures is very talented indeed and I thank her for allowing me to share them here – very timely indeed. I will pass along your comment to her. I had fun and am pleased you found it a good read.


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