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You and a Chinese Bamboo Tree

By on May 1, 2012 in Inspiration, Success Principles with 13 Comments

written by Shae Bynes, Founder of

What I’m about to share with you can change your entire perspective about what is happening right now, right this very second with you in your life and business….particularly if you’re the type of Freedom Chaser who is diligently taking action, but just feeling like things are not happening fast enough.

I read about the Chinese Bamboo Tree in a book a couple years ago (sorry, can’t remember which book), but when I heard this story again recently, I knew it was something I needed to share with this community.

Have you ever heard of the Chinese Bamboo Tree?

It’s actually a pretty remarkable tree.  Here’s how it works.

You take the Chinese Bamboo Tree seed and you plant it.  You water it and fertilize it…

A year goes by and you see nothing.

The second year comes and you water it and fertilize it again.

Another year passes by and…nothing.

The third year comes….the fourth year comes and goes.  You’re watering and fertilizing and tending to that seed.

But you see absolutely nothing.

Something extraordinary happens in the fifth year.

Sometime during the fifth year, the Chinese Bamboo Tree sprouts.  And boy does it sprout!

It grows up to 80 feet in one season!!

But did it really grow 80 feet in one season?

No way! It actually grew in five years!  For the first four years the Chinese Bamboo tree was growing an incredibly strong root system. It was growing!  It was just growing under the ground where you can’t see it. The strong root system that it grew for four years is precisely what was needed to support its exponential growth in the fifth year and beyond.

Pretty remarkable right?

As you’re chasing your freedom — by creating that vision, diligently working towards paying off your debts, and building solid and sustainable income streams — keep in mind that it can take time.

When you first start a business it doesn’t always grow quickly because you have some things you need to learn. Even when you’re following what you believe is the exact blueprint that someone else who is wildly successful followed…well, it doesn’t always happen quickly then either.

When you’re paying off a large amount of debt, it doesn’t always get paid off simply because you hit a major payday one day. No, it gets paid off because you diligently made payments every single month and made large payments every time you had the opportunity to due to a bonus, an increase in your business, etc.

Don’t be discouraged when it seems like nothing “big” is happening.  Things are indeed happening…if you are taking action. Keep nurturing those seeds and pushing forward having faith that what you’re doing is building a solid foundation for your future. Your Chinese Bamboo seeds (i.e. the steps you’re taking to make your job optional) may not take five years before shooting up over 80 feet.   It may take less time. Frankly, it may take more time. The key is to persist.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”  ~Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

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  1. Marla says:

    sweet of you to share this, Shae…..thanks…:):)

  2. Brian Meidam says:

    Great post. Patience… Persistence…And Massive Action!!!

  3. debra says:

    Love the post Shae. Thank You.

  4. clifford says:

    Thanks for that note of wisdom. Keep doing what you good at.

  5. Laurie says:

    Thank you Shae. A very encouraging post.

  6. Neva says:

    Great post Shae. I had such a draining day today. This really uplifted me.

    • Shae says:

      Hey Neva, glad to hear that :-) Keep at it! Your “freedom day” is literally right around the corner.

  7. Evans says:

    This is great. It is making my day!

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