What Does A Chinese Bamboo Tree Have To Do With Your Business?

Have you heard the story of the Chinese Bamboo tree?

It takes 5 years … just for the tree to sprout above the ground.

The farmer has to water and care for it each year … or the tree will die.

After 1 year … no sign of life.  2 years later ... nothing yet.

After 3 years of watering and nurturing … and still nothing to show for it.

Even after 4 long years … the bamboo tree fails to sprout.

And then, in the fifth year, an amazing thing happens.  All the farmer’s hard work seems to pay off as the tree finally starts to grow.

But it’s not normal growth, like other trees.

After 4 years of basically no signs of life, in year 5 it shoots up to the sky more than 80 feet --- in just 6 weeks!

So what do you think?

Did the tree choose to be inactive for 4 years … and then all of a sudden it decides to grow so dramatically?

Nope.  Had the farmer stopped watering and fertilizing the tree during those first four years, the tree would’ve died.

The little tree was actually developing and strengthening its root system so it could sustain and support its eventual growth in year 5 and beyond.

Isn’t that how business works as well?

I remember an early mentor of mine saying … “It only took me 20 years to become an overnight success!”

So true.

An overnight success is rare.  It just sometimes looks that way.

Every business I go into, I’m typically prepared to commit anywhere from 2-5 years (depending on the business) of laying the foundation, reinvesting, and ‘tilling the ground’ – before I expect to see any significant profit!

Now, I’ve been in business over 2 decades now and have developed some specialized knowledge and skills that oftentimes allow me to compress that time frame, but I’m usually always prepared to commit for the long haul.

Which I think is a good intention to adopt.  Someone who’s committed, consistent, and persistent … eventually becomes a force of nature that nothing or no one can hold back.

This is the type of mindset we teach and preach – building a rock-solid foundation, a commitment to growth, and developing an unstoppable persistence … just like a bamboo tree.

Throw specialized knowledge and a proven system into the mix … and your real estate business can “shoot to the sky” faster than you may ever have thought possible!