Chameleons are amazing creatures. And not just because they appear in a hit ’80s song or humorous word-nerd send-up. Armed with a tongue you have to see to believe; the chameleon may be one of the coolest reptiles on the planet. Here are ten things you may not have known about our lizard friend. And each relates (in its own small way) to business.
1. Chameleons adapt to changes surrounding them.
While the common belief that chameleons change colors in order to blend in with their environment is not true, chameleons do change color based on temperature, light, and mood. As a chameleon grows warmer, for example, its colors become brighter and more distinct.
Business application: Like the chameleon, we, too, need to adapt to changes affecting us. As the competition turns up the heat, we need to let our true colors shine through, so we can stand out from the crowd.
2. Chameleons can focus on two things at once.
A chameleon’s eyes move independently of one another, allowing it the peculiar ability to watch two things simultaneously… without moving its head. What’s more, each eye has a horizontal radius of 180 degrees and vertical radius of 90 degrees and can see in three dimensions.
Business application: While a singular focus can have its advantages in certain situations, being too focused on only one option (tunnel vision) can sometimes make us overlook opportunities or obstacles in our way.
3. Chameleons strike quickly and with pinpoint control.
A chameleon’s sticky tongue is a marvelous thing. Roughly the length of the creature’s body and tail combined, it can extend and retract in just a fraction of a second, with deadly accuracy and control.
Business application: Like a chameleon hunting its dinner, we need to remain nimble, too, so we can act quickly and with pinpoint control when opportunities arise.
4. Chameleon eyes have a 360-degree arc of vision.
Chameleons have the most distinctive eyes of any reptile. Their upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through.independently from each other.
Business application: Like a chameleon, you need to keep an eye around to learn what is happening around and learn from it. You cannot focus or learn from 1 source and should never ignore what is around
5. Ballistic tongues that are 1.5-2 times the length of their body.
Chameleons feed by ballistically projecting their long tongue from their mouth to capture prey located some distance away.
Business application: Like a chameleon your vision, your approach should be way larger than yourself. It’s hidden and comes to action when needed
6. Chameleons can’t hear much.
Like snakes, chameleons do not have an outer or a middle ear, so there is neither an ear opening nor an eardrum. However, chameleons are not deaf.
Business application: Sounds doesn’t matter much, so avoid what people say about you and your startup. Do take the feedback but do not lose your focus for them. Trust your conscience and stay focused towards your goal and you will hit the jackpot
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