According to the Chinese zodiac, 2011 is the year of the Rabbit. Compared to dragons and snakes, the rabbit seems a bit innocuous. But, after watching this clip from Monty Python’s Holy Grail, it’s clear that even a year dedicated to a tiny rodent can have its drawbacks. So rather than step lightly into 2011, expecting cute, cuddly results in your life and business – let’s consider some lessons as learned by those who sought fortune in this film.

Lesson 1: Listen to sound advice. It’s folly to think that we’re smart enough to have all the answers. The truth is, we’re easily fooled by our own limited understanding of things when we don’t have a direct reference point. So before leaping into anything major this year, consider utilizing your network to gauge whether anyone has had similar experiences. And then listen to them.

Lesson 2: Never underestimate the problem in front of you. If you happen to see carcasses of those who’ve come before you strewn across your path, consider other options. Look at the bones!

Lesson 3: When in doubt, run away. Don’t wait to see if anyone is watching so it doesn’t negatively affect your credibility. If you’re in a bad spot – get the fuck out. Pronto. You can thank me later on this one.

Happy New Year, everybody. Don’t soil your armor. 


Jim Mitchem

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Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.