The Chinese Bamboo Tree

bamboo-damyang-sunshine-54601A major problem with the world today is that people want instant gratification. They lack patience. They want their untold riches now, no work involved.

These types should take a look at the Chinese Bamboo Tree. To grow one, you need to follow a strict routine.

You have to water it every single day and fertilize often. If, at any point for any reason you are unable to water your tree it will DIE, just like that. Also you have to keep this up for 5 years. 5 years!

Day after day after day.

Eventually this little tree shoots from the dirt. In the next 6 weeks, this tree can grow 90 feet. That is no mistake. 90 feet, in around 42 days. After staying in the ground for around 1826 days.

What would you think if your neighbor watered an empty patch of ground every day? He’s a nut case? That’s probably what your neighbors will think. Or “that tree is dead. He’s wasting his time.”

Neighbors and others, once the tree shoots, will say “Oh! What a lovely, fast-growing tree you have there!” They’ll think you’re just lucky. But you aren’t, are you? You diligently applied a routine 1826 times, and it paid off.

If you haven’t caught on by now, this is the perfect analogy to success. As Tony Robbins says: “People are rewarded in public for what they have practiced for years in private.”


Most great people weren’t born great. Greatness was hammered out in a dark basement over years of pain. It was sweated for, for hours in some gym.

Finally the day came and they grew their 90 feet.

Patience, hard work, determination.

“Good luck” out there.


Credit goes to Les Brown, from whom I first heard the story.


5 thoughts on “The Chinese Bamboo Tree

  1. HI,
    I know Michael, Art of Life Coaching, and Danny Ray I met you on his site. I agree. It’s sad everyone wants instant gratification. My students do. I actually have to give candy for winners at times of learning games.
    Nice to meet you.


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