Dogs are loyal. They are dependable. The relationship is understood. They are fed regularly and don’t wander beyond the confines of the fence.

Wolves are independent in nature. They are self reliant. They forgo regularity for freedom. They must hunt. Their survival depends on it. There will be days of feast and many days of famine.

This is the dichotomy that exists between the safety of employment and the unknown waiting in the wilderness of entrepreneurship. It is a terrifying endeavor to go the road of working for yourself, but those who choose the path of the wolf don’t choose it for the struggle.

The truth as far as I can see, is that there comes a point for many when staying in a subservient role is as uncomfortable as the idea of a wolf as a house pet.  

While wolves are often romanticized as lone animals, this is simply not accurate. When wolves, they almost always hunt as a pack. Together, they take down the moose. Together, they fight. Together, they feast.

Wolves travel in a pack: the first 3 are the old or sick, they set the pace for the entire pack so they aren’t left behind or lose contact with the rest of the pack.  Then come 5 strong ones, the front line. In the center are the rest of the pack members, then the 5 strongest following. Last is alone, the alpha. He controls everything from the rear. In that position, he can oversee everything and decide the direction. He sees all of the pack. 

This too in business is the key to survival. Going at it alone in the wilderness is a lonely idea. The key to survival is to join the pack. Securing alliances and partnerships with those who have mutually-vested interests in one another’s success is paramount.

This model has been proven time and time again in nature and business. The strength of your pack can make all the difference in whether you experience feast or famine as a wolf in the wilderness.