Monday, May 21, 2007


For those who are sometimes discouraged and impatient with their personal improvement progress, as I often am, Dr. Stephen Covey offers the following metaphor.

"There is a certain species of the Chinese bamboo tree that, when you plant it, you see nothing for four years. Just a little shoot our of the ground and that's it. You weed, water, cultivate, nurture and do everything you can do to make it successful, but you see nothing. In the fifth year, this particular species of the Chinese bamboo tree grows up to eighty feet. In its initial stages, all of the growth went underground in the root. Then, once it had its roots in place, all of the growth went above the ground and was visible..."

So...keep working, the results may not be visible, but they will come!

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