The "Virtue" of Bees

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One of the virtue themes in our Strength for Life Manual is SELF-LESS.

The strength to always serve others before yourself. 
Being on a team where everyone is truly self-less is an absolute gift and pleasure.


I was blessed to be able to study in Rome, Italy for five years. During that time, one of the things that I got involved with was beekeeping.

I grew to absolutely love it.

There are so many fascinating aspects of bees but one of the “virtues” they possess that I have always admired the most is that worker bees are self-less.


There are three types of bees: queens, drones, and workers.

The queen can live from 2-5 years. 
The drone lives 40-50 days. Drones are male bees. 
Most of the bees are workers. They are females. They live from 1-6 months.

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Workers only live around 6 weeks in the summer because they literally work themselves to death. They can, however, live up to 6 months during the winter months.

Workers gather nectar and pollen, feed young larva, supply the hive with water, secrete beeswax, build comb, guard the beehive, and dozens of other tasks.

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During the summer months, the worker bees might travel 55,000 miles to gather enough nectar to produce the honey.

Each worker will only produce about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey, and 1/80 of a teaspoon of wax in her entire lifetime.


The entire colony however, in a good year, can produce up to 200 pounds of honey.

The worker bees that do the most, never really get to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruit of their labor because they die so soon.

Imagine if every coach on your staff and every player on your team was willing to be a worker bee.

What kind of team would you have?

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
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