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.


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 (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!