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A bird that can take on a Lion by Olumide Holloway


We will be talking about a bird next. This bird is able to face a Lion, Leopard or Hyena and come out unhurt.

Truth is, a bird is a bird, so the ability to hold your own against would be predators comes from deep within.

Fact is, you can’t give what you don’t have. So if it’s not in you, you can’t bring it out.

This large, flightless birds has long, sturdy legs and a long, bare neck that protrudes from a round body covered with feathers. Males have bold black-and-white coloring that they use to attract females, and the females are mostly brown.

Both sexes have small heads, a short, wide beak and big brown eyes protected by long dark lashes. They are found across Africa’s hot savannahs and open woodland, the ostrich is the world’s largest bird. It stands up to a massive 9 feet tall (especially the males) and weighs as much as 159 kg – the weight of two men combined!

The Ostrich is an interesting bird. It does not fly, because it is way bigger than your average bird. Like camels, the ostrich can tolerate high temperatures and go without water for long periods of time

The ostrich might not be able to fly, but it can run! Using its long legs, powerful thighs and strong feet, this big bird can cover five metres in a single stride and reach speeds of over 70km per hour! Just one stride can be 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) long—that’s longer than many rooms! When danger threatens, ostriches can escape pretty easily by running away. Ostrich chicks can run at speeds approaching 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour) at just a month old! When zooming along at such mega speeds, the bird holds out its short wings to help it balance. Ostriches hold their wings out to help them balance when they run, especially if they suddenly change direction. Their main use, though, along with the tail feathers, is for displays and courtship. To show dominance, an ostrich holds its head up high and lifts its wings and tail feathers; to show submission, the head, wings, and tail droop down.

Obviously, the amazing speed of the ostrich is helpful in outrunning predators. This brilliant bird’s strong legs don’t only carry the ostrich where it wants to go – they’re super effective when it comes to self-defense.

If an ostrich is cornered by a predator e.g. lion, cheetah, leopard or hyena, the ostrich can use its powerful legs to kick like a kangaroo. It will kick with a force powerful enough to kill or injure the predator. The ostrich is the only bird that has two toes on each foot. The bird’s two-toed foot is armed with a 4-inch claw on each foot, so predators can get hurt if the kick is well planted.

With their tall height and excellent eyesight, these amazing creatures are great at spotting potential predators from far away. But if danger gets too close for comfort, the ostrich will often lie low to hide, stretching its neck along the ground.

Its coloured feathers help it to blend in with the sandy soil where it lives. Have you ever heard that ostriches bury their head in the sand to hide? Well, as funny as that sounds, it’s not true! But from far away, depending what position the ostrich takes, it can sure look that way, hence how the myth began. 

So what is to be learnt from the Ostrich….how to give power kicks? 😜😜.

Two things: courage comes from lack of choice, and you can’t give what you don’t have cos what you need to excel is already in you or close to you.

When your business or career/profession, is down to a sink or swim decision,what do you do?

The action(s) we sometimes take that leads to greatness is often due to lack of options. You just have to survive so you do whatever it takes.

An Ostrich would never set itself up with a Lion or other predators, but when such situation arises, it’s fight or die? If you were the Ostrich, would you rather die?

You can’t give what you don’t have. So feed your mind with more than enough information and knowledge, so you have more than enough to give.

The Ostrich was born with strong legs, what are you born with? What can you do better than other people? What are your strong legs?

There is market share and there is pocket share. Market share is the competition between people in the same industry.

Pocket share is the competition between people in different industries, due to the decision an individual makes between two totally different industries/ products based on his “pocket money.”. For example, eat food or buy books, sleep and rest well or have sex, buy a car or travel abroad. How much of people’s pocket (money) can you attract and get them to spend?

What you need to excel is already in you as potential aka raw talent or around you waiting to be discovered aka opportunity.

Arise and shine for your light is come…aka work on yourself using knowledge and information. Perfect your craft and continually “shout it” for the world to see and hear.

I was called the loudest poetry promoter in Nigeria by EGC. Whether praise or yab, I don’t care, cos I’m about to crank up the volume. I go deaf una ear, just wait for my “Ostrich legs to start kicking.” I’m gonna kick the doors and windows down.

I have just two options, make it or make it. And what I will use is what I have in me.

What are your options? What do you have? Be an Ostrich, “your legs” are your PowerPoint, Excel with it 😁😁😁.

Flight or fight, the choice is yours. But never forget, you can always give what you have. It’s in you, learn and figure out how to give it, excellently and perfectly.

In case you are unsure of what your “Ostrich legs” are, I’m at your service. Hope this made sense, if not, why did you read it???

King Olulu, not from Zulu (aka Olumide Holloway).

Building capacity using words and poetry.

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