Doug Giles

- You become extremely anal about the brand of dog food you’ll eat.

- You begin to lose your high quality Bulldog friends, and you start attracting Shih Tzus, Pekinese and self-obsessed Poodles.

Remember the words of that old Bulldog, King Solomon, in Proverbs: “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” To keep from getting destroyed and from doing a face plant into the concrete after you succeed, stay humble—and if need be—duct tape your feet to the planet to keep yourself from floating off the earth, Your Loftiness.

2. Thou Shall Not Gloat Over Thine Enemies. Another way to stay the big boy and not stoop to the pathetic Poodle level is to never gloat over your enemies when your success comes.

A Bulldog will have an abundance of enemies. Envious Poodles will hate the Bulldog simply because they have chosen to settle for the rut, and the Bulldog has his sights set on the stars; therefore, there will be plenty of ill will wished upon the Bulldog by the Poodles. And that is my point: Envy, jealousy and the ill will it wishes are part of the make-up of Poodles and wimps and not, I said, not, Bulldogs.

Understand, Bulldog, that like a football, the harder you are kicked the higher you will go. That’s why you can show largesse towards those who hate you and try to harm you. They are life’s tools to forge your indomitable spirit. They are God’s hammers to beat you into the overcomer that you need to be.

Think about it.

What if you didn’t have their opposition? What if you didn’t have their curses and threats? I’ll tell you what would happen: You probably would have never developed your Bulldog attitude.

And trust me, your prosperity is punishing them enough without your having to say or do anything against them.

3. Thou Shall Not Sit on Thy Butt Praising Thyself. Hey, Bulldog, enjoy your success and congratulate yourself for your accomplishments—but do not sit there for too long, or you’ll rot. You’ll start getting fat. You’ll start thinking that nothing can go wrong and that you’ll always be at the top of the world looking down on creation.

Stop that immediately, or you’ll become a passive Poodle.

Bulldogs do not sit around for too long looking in the mirror and telling themselves how pretty and how great they are. They are looking for the next battle, the next obstacle to conquer and are always cautious of taking too long of a break between achievements.

The Bulldog, after attaining his goal, will move on to the next challenge. The Bulldog will not set up an altar around an award he won and worship it. That’s what pathetic Poodles do. The Bulldog understands that if he is not careful his prolonged enjoyment of his current accomplishment might keep him from future greatness.

Giles’ new book, The Bulldog Attitude: Get It or Get Left Behind, has just been released! It is guaranteed to take the poo out of poodles and give them the Bulldog Attitude. It is a great read for young and old, families, churches and corporations who wish to excel.

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.