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What A 3-Legged Deer Can Teach You About Business

By Amanda Sides on Jun 10, 2016

A few months ago, my dad came across a days-old deer fawn caught in a wire fence. Her leg was in bad shape (she had lost her hind foot) so Dad took her home and helped her heal. My nephews named her Spot, and she has been hobbling happily around on three legs ever since.

I recently got to visit her, and as she ate delicately from my hand I started thinking about how much this tiny creature (who has since lost her spots but retained her name) can teach us about being entrepreneurs.

It's okay to trust.

Spot is not only a prey animal, she's a baby prey animal. A hurt baby prey animal. She's vulnerable, and she knows it. When you walk into the shed, she jumps up in alarm (even though I've seen those big ears at work, and I know she knew someone was coming).

She doesn't approach new people unless someone she knows is there, too, but if she remembers you she looks at you for a moment and then walks over. There's no way for her to know for sure what's going to happen when she reaches her nose toward your face, but she does it anyway.

She even touched the dog's nose when he was accompanied by a trusted friend.

We need people to help us. We hear so many terrible stories of people taking advantage of others, but at the end of the day the vast majority of us are good. Ask for help when you need it.

You don't need to have everything lined up in order to begin.

She's down a foot, but she's not out. If she had waited to try to get around until she had all her feet...she would still be waiting, and waiting forever. Sound familiar?

Sometimes we think we need to wait until we have everything in order before we can start a new project, but that's just not the case. Get started, and the "everything" will come as it's needed.

Sometimes it's easier to run than walk.

When Spot walks, it still looks awkward. She moves the hurt leg as if she's intending to put that foot down, and when it doesn't touch the ground her hips drop and she bounces the healthy leg forward. But when she runs — you would never know she's hurt.

Momentum is a powerful thing.

Never stop trying.

Like I said, she still makes the effort to put the non-existent foot on the ground. It's never there, of course, but she tries every time.

Have fun with it.

When you scratch Spot behind the ear, she shakes her hurt leg like a dog! It's hilarious, and even though she doesn't appreciate that part of it like we do, she sure does appreciate the scratching.


If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong.

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