Learning to be patient and persistent like Bamboo


If you plant a bamboo seed, water the tree and add fertilizer for a whole year, nothing happens. There are no visible signs of growth in spite of providing all of these things. Afer a second year of watering and fertilizer, there is again NO GROWTH above the soil. Three to four years on…..there is still no sign of anything happening. NOTHING to show for all our efforts!

But then finally in the fifth year – something amazing happens… The Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet tall in just six weeks!

But does the Bamboo Tree really grow 80 feet in six weeks? In fact, for the first 4 years,the little tree was growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond.Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation, it could not have sustained its future tall structure.

The same principle is true for success in life. People, who patiently work hard towards mastering their skills and moving towards goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success.

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