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.

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I’m back! (I think)

Hello,

I haven’t posted in two months. It’s ironic that I can’t motivate myself to get up and write a motivational blog, isn’t it? Well, that’s not the case.

I’ve been working full tilt at other things, like my studies (creative writing diploma), and Amazon KDP. Since I got Hope’s End (formerly Once a Dread Knight…) out I haven’t published a single other thing.

I was a little demotivated that all I’d managed to sell was 23 free copies. I’m not letting that stop me though. I’ve realised in time that Hope’s End is poorly written. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I sort of knew it all along but in my haste to get something published I conveniently overlooked this fact.

On Wednesday I realised how few hours there were in a day. The last two days I’ve been forcing myself up at 4:30 AM to squeeze a little extra from the day. I’m halfway through a complete re-write of Hope’s End.

Faceless’ second draft was also completed yesterday. So something has indeed worked. My Friday is going to be slightly less busy than the rest of the week. (I hope.)

I haven’t been doing much self-motivating lately. It hasn’t really been necessary. I’m more motivated than I’ve been in a long time. Yes Hope’s End only “sold” 23 free copies, but people out there read my work!

Even if the work wasn’t my best, it’s awesome to know that my work doesn’t get completely overlooked. Even with my poor cover design!

I can’t afford a pro to do it for me, so I do my own covers. I’m trying to learn GIMP at the moment but it’s not easy. Especially with my shaky internet.

Anyway, the ideas have since flowed in and I’ve never enjoyed my writing more. Even the tedious editing feels bearable.

Faceless should be out next Wednesday. It’s a 7500 word paranormal horror that should get the blood flowing nicely. The House On Hornberry Hill was also completed yesterday, a 2000 word short story that’s part of an assignment. I’m supposed to submit it to a magazine. I may pop it on Amazon for free when the time comes. It’s another paranormal horror. Oops.

This is becoming more of a journal now, isn’t it?

I promise to “self-motivate” early next week and add it to the blog. Something useful I did hear recently is to make a “dream collage” or “dream book”. Paste all the things that motivate you on a large paper or cardboard or in a book.

Every day, before you start work, stare at it/flip through it. Seeing your mansion or your six-pack or your Lambo every day should give you enough motivation to keep moving forward; whatever your goals.

Whatever you do, never ever ever give up. I have a lot more to say but I think I’ll save some for next week. I need to get back to work now.

Have an epic weekend. Go relax and come back full of energy (and motivation) for Monday.

Cheers,

Kyle

It’s Tuesday and we’re happy.

So close to the new year and endless possibilities! I bet 2015 is going to be one cracker of a year. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.

So I published my first bit of fiction writing on Sunday! It’s a 9500 word short story about Warwick, a hero of old. It’s called Hope’s End and it’s about Warwick’s tale after he had been defeated by a group of Necromancers. He somehow survives this and the story starts from there. If you’re into Medieval/horror/fantasy, check it out! If you’ve got Kindle unlimited you can pick it up for free too. A review or two would be oh-so-appreciated. (They tend to help get sales :)) I intend to write at least 3 stories about Warwick’s journey, the series titled “Tales from a Dread Knight”; we’ll see how it goes. It’s planned as 5 but you never know! Here’s a link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RIR7LGO

So how are your dreams doing? Going well? Mine are going horribly but I’m enjoying every second of the chase. Once we reach our goals what have we get left to chase, right? Wrong. We set new goals! We reach new Heights! Whether my writing does well or not, I won’t quit. I want to see my name up on that best seller list some day and that’s what I’ll keep striving for!

I have a sneaky feeling I might actually find a job in the new year. Big changes and whatnot. This will make a few of my current goals very unrealistic, but at least I’ll be able to eat something other than noodles for a few months. All it’ll take is a quick reshuffle and we’ll be back on track in no time.

My point is, if you ever feel like you don’t have enough time for everything or you’re being overwhelmed by the people in your life or whatever the case may be, sit down and adress these problems. Make a list. Make a schedule. Talk to the people in your life to inform them about your plans and how you have to spend your time. Especially a signifficant other; don’t leave them in the dark. It’s unfair and unwise. You have control of your own life no matter what anyone says.

Enjoy the last few days of rest. I know I will. The new year is going to start with one hell of a bang and it’s going to be one hell of a ride. Get ready, get yourself amped. Get those (realistic) resolutions written out and stick them to your wall/door/window/forehead, whatever you have to do. Make this your year. Make 2015 the one you’ll remember as: “Holy crap that was a kick-ass year in which I kicked some serious ass!”

Happy new year and, excuse the repetition, see you on the other side.

Cheers.

Welcome to Wednesday

So I’m helping out a friend with their petshop this month. Not fun. I don’t like spiders. The snakes and beardies and iguanas are cool but spiders, no. It’s all good though, I have my mobile internet although there’s no signal at the shop.

Anyway, I woke up thismorning with the words I heard somewhere reverberating through my head: “…most people they earn a living, they reaise a family and then they die!” Is that really okay? “earn a living”? Just make it? I suppose, if that’s what you’re into. I, on the other hand, want to live without the constant financial worry. The good thing about this is that you don’t need to be an engineer or an astronaut to achieve this. It certainly helps, but a fry cook could make his money work for him and, at the end of the day, retire comfortably. He might even be able to quit his job much sooner and make – making his money work for him – his sole source of income.

A while ago I dabbled in the world of Forex. It’s awesome. I, unfortunately, don’t have the time required to become really really good at it, but if you have a lot of time on your hands it’s defintely something you should look into. Be sure, however, if you enter this world, that you find a reputable company to work with and research them until you’re 100% sure. Also a lot of “experts” in the field reccomend doubling at least 3 “demo” accounts before using real money at all, just to be sure you know what you’re doing. babypips.com is a great resource for all your forex trading. (It’s down at the time of writing but I’m sure it’s just maintenance or something.)

All this said, whatever your dream is, remember to go out and chase it. You can’t sit on your ass every day in front of the T.V and expect to achieve something great. You can’t go clubbing getting drunk every night if you want to achieve something great. Relaxation is important, but so is balance. Go out and chase your dream. Just make sure you don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Take time every now and then to look around you, smell the roses and enjoy the fact that you’ve already come so far.

Look at where you were 5 years ago. Are you any closer to achieving your dream? If not, change something!

Cheers,

Well, goodbye for now!

Ok so I might be without internet for a month or so, so this could well be my last post for a good long while. I hope the message I’m trying to relay as helped others as it has helped me. I won’t give up on this blog though, I’ll be back as soon as I can. I might even take a few trips to the local internet cafe while I’m “internetless”.

So today I just want to apologize for not posting religiously this week, it’s been a rough week with the move and all. Next week we’ll be pretty much settled in the new place, so that’s good.

I’m reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz at the moment and it’s pretty awesome, just so you know! Defintely reccomend!

One more thing; I got stung by a wasp on my neck yesterday while mowing the lawn. One of these bad boys: Ouch

Never in my 26 years have I been stung by a wasp before Sabie. It’s been twice in the year since I’ve arrived here. Nature seems to not like me much. First one was on the ear and that was significantly worse than the second.

Unfortunately this entry isn’t much about motivation, all I can say about that today is stand strong. No matter what the circumstances are, you will get through if you don’t give up. Just keep going at it relentlessly and somewhere, somehow, you will get your breakthrough. Never give up. Never give up. And always remember: “It’s not over until I win!”

Cheers

Where did Monday go?

I know we could all use some motivation on a monday morning, but would you believe it, I completely forgot to post yesterday morning. I have a lot on my plate at the moment – I’m drafting a business plan, I’m trying to stay ahead on my editing, I’m trying to support my little instant family. On top of all this we’re moving into a different house which is really breaking the bank, so I’ve been plotting ways to turn over a few quick bucks. At one point I was so desperate I considered selling one of my guitars! (I only have 3 and I’m super sentimental about all of them)

So enough about my problems, hope your week started out great! Monday is always a tough one. I, personally, like Mondays :). Call me crazy but it’s like a fresh start every time. A new week, new opportunities, etc. If you hate Mondays it would probably be wise to change your mindset. Monday’s are great if you make them so! The rest of the week isn’t too bad either!

Okay so, on to motivation. Quite a while ago I stumbled onto a video by Actualised.org (youtube channel) and came across this strange looking skinny man. I quickly realised this guy might just know what he’s talking about. He speaks of all things “success-y” in life. It’s pretty cool, you should definitely check it out. It’s very difficult not to get infected by his enthusiasm for life.

The video is titled How To Succeed In Life and yes, it’s a whole 14 minutes long, but it’s well worth the watch. Why not check out a few of his other videos while you’re at it? He really brings something interesting to the table with each one of his vids. I admit I haven’t done any research on him (pressed for time at the moment you know!) but he seems to be a success story on his own.

All I wanted to do today was bring you that video and apologize for not posting yesterday, so that’s pretty much it.

Oh wait! The business plan I’m putting together might change a lot of things. I’m going for a business that isn’t too labour-intensive so that I have time for my writing. The more I plan, the more labour intensive it seems to be; but whatever. The potential for profits is rather large! I’m going to have to get finance and, being in South Africa, I may need to try and find a black partner, but it looks really good.

I have much planning yet to do, lots of number crunching, but what I have on paper so far should get at least a few investors interested. So we’ll see. I’ll update on the progress every so often 🙂

Happy belated Monday and have a great week!

Cheers.

It’s the weekend!

Friday is always a happy day. The weekend looms along with it’s parties and sports and whatever else you’re into. However, there is still a full work day to go! Don’t let the weekend distract you. You should be more easily motivated on this happy day but it’s also very easy to get distracted. Don’t go thinking about that perfect taco you’re going to make yourself this weekend, keep the nose to the grindstone, you’re nearly there!

I was going to do a profile on some successful person but thankfully, Business Insider already did it for me :). Here’s a list of 15 billionaires that came from nothing! : http://www.businessinsider.com/billionaires-who-came-from-nothing-2013-12?op=1

You have to admit it’s always a cause of great awe (and jeolousy, sometimes) to read about people like these. Coming from a poor background, to me, isn’t the hardest way to make your millions, it’s the only way. When I do make it and become wealthy my children won’t even know I have money. No one will know.

I grew up pretty poor until about the age of 8. That’s when my parents both landed jobs at the big factory I spoke about in the first thread of this blog. They worked and studied hard and made their way to respectable positions in the hierarchy. They stayed workers their whole time there, never becoming managers or anything like that, but they earned good salaries.

Needless to say they spoiled me, which I appreciated at the time but after school realised probably wasn’t the best way to bring up a kid. I never really learnt the lesson of hard work = rewards until after school. Actually, I missed out on quite a few hard life lessons I had to learn myself by making the mistakes.

So anyway, enough about me. The point I’m trying to make is the only time my kids get something they want from me is if they work for it. I don’t think it’s healthy for them to get what they want regardless. It’s just going to make their take-off into life all the more bumpy. Whether I’m rich or poor, my kids won’t get a thing until they’ve worked for it.

Now looking at the list, some of these guys were probably more-or-less where you are now. They made it. I’m pretty sure they didn’t all sell their souls to the devil either. They achieved what they achieved through good, hard work. They obviously worked very smart too – don’t forget that.

What I’m saying is if they could do it anyone can. Why would you just want to be anyone though? Go to the next step! Make it even bigger! Success to me isn’t measured in financial wealth so I could give a damn about my financial situation. Success to me is measured in the accomplishment of your goals. As an aspiring novelist I’ll probably never see the billions these guys have but if I can live comfotably off of royalties I’d say that’s success.

If my novels are changing lives and making people happy regardless of whether I’ve made millions, I’d say that’s success. Our journey through life isn’t about making billions, that doesn’t bring happiness. Our journey through life, from my personal point of view, is about how big a diffence (for the better) we can make to the world around us. We’re here to help each other.

I hope most people will agree with me on this. If not, whatever – go chase your own dreams! Whether it’s to be the biggest chicken killer on earth or to be the best hippie, the choice is yours. I’m not here to judge I’m here to try my best to help!

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll see if I can post during the weekend sometime but usually that’s impossible. Weekends are family time and work around the house time so we’ll see.

Cheers.