5 Lessons from Geese

Geese formation

It is interesting that we can learn a lot of things in this world from different sources.
We can learn from our parents, teachers, mentors, nature and even animal species.
In fact, we can even pick up some lessons from geese! 🙂
Below are 5 facts and lessons I picked up from the internet and would like to share with you.

1. As each goose flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the birds that follow.
By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying
range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson 1: People who share a common direction and sense of
community can get where they are going quicker and easier because
they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

2. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and
resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take
advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

Lesson 2: If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation
with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their
help and give our help to others.

3. When the lead gooses tires, it rotates back into the formation, and
another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson 3: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing
leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's
skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or

4. The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to
keep up their speed.

Lesson 4: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In
groups where there is encouragement, the production is much
greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core
values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of
honking we seek.

5. When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out
of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it
until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another
formation or catch up with the flock.

Lesson 5: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each
other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

So, what have you learnt from geese today that you can use in your life?
Which lessons from geese can you put into action and become your success habits?

Feel free to share with me your favourite lesson from geese.
Keep learning, taking action, develop habits for success and live your best life!

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2 responses to “5 Lessons from Geese”

  1. jerry says:

    l have learnt that to share common direction and sense of community is vital for success in life.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Jerry,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      Yes, when the direction and sense of community is strong, it can help propel you towards your goal or destination at great speed and momentum, reaching it faster and successfully.
      Enjoy the journey!

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