Iam currently reading Aleph by Paulo Coelho and I have already gained a personal insight and life lesson that I would like to share.
What is this business about Chinese Bamboo anyway? I know this question must be buzzing around in your mind. When I first read it in Aleph, before the explanation was given, I could not make the connection. What does Chinese Bamboo have to do with my personal growth? What does a physical plant have to do with something as abstract as personal development? The two don’t seem to intersect.
But it turns out that they do. Chinese Bamboo and your personal growth have more of a connection than you may think. Chinese Bamboo spends five years in its growth process as a little shoot, the only visible aspect of its existence. However, during those five years the Chinese Bamboo is developing its root system. After the five years of being a little shoot and developing its root system the Chinese Bamboo goes through a growth spurt and overtime becomes 25 meters high.
How does this knowledge connect to your own personal growth?
Well think about the amount of time and energy that you may have put into a passion of yours, a project, a relationship; time that may have spanned for years. Does it sometimes, or all the time, appear as if you are not getting any results? As if you are only witnessing a little shoot after putting in so much time?
Guess what? It is not time for you to give up. During the time that you are putting in all your effort, energy and resources you are slowly but surely building a root system that will eventually provide results that you may not even be able to sustain.
The idea is that you must be persistent and keep at it. There is a trend in society today that everything has to be quick with minimal effort, if the results are not seen immediately it means that you are not doing enough, it means that you should quit and try something else, it means that your passion is not worth while, it means that you are a failure.
But are you a failure? Time may very well prove that you a lot more successful that you think. However, you must give it time and your maximum effort. Do not under any circumstances give up.
Anything that is worth it in life requires a lot of time and persistence before any results can be seen.
Is there a project, relationship, passion or dream that you have abandoned because you didn’t see results right away? I encourage you to once again pursue that project, relationship or passion relentlessly and put in all of your effort. Others may only see the little shoot and criticize you and put you down but you must become aware of the intricate root system that you are building and let this be your motivation to continue.