I want to share the following post regarding a wonderful story that Zig Ziglar has shared over the years with his audiences.
The story I feel applies to the executive job search process. At times it can feel like nothing is happening with allÂ your executive job search efforts and then suddenly you see the “tree” of your efforts start to grow.
Suddenly there is activity! Things are moving forward! Finally!!
It will happen, trust in yourself, the process and the universe.Â Hang in there. Do not give up!
The key is passion, patience and persistence.
1. You must be passionate about succeeding with your executive job search. You must be passionate about your belief in yourself.
2. You must have patience with the process, the lack of “process” at times and patience with yourself.
3. You must not give up. When you feel like you have been knocked off your horse, get back up on your horse.
” I hope someday to have so much of what the world calls success, that people will ask me, “What’s your secret?” and I will tell them, “I get up again when I fall down.” – Paul Harvey
Enjoy reading the Zig Ziglar’s Bamboo Story.
Eleanor Anne Sweet
Chinese Bamboo Tree
The oriental world is blessed with a tree called the Chinese bamboo tree. This remarkable tree is of a different genre and the way it is grown is very unusual too.
Zig Ziglar, says that the Chinese bamboo tree when planted, watered, and nurtured for an entire growing season doesn’t outwardly grow as much as an inch. Then, after the second growing season, a season in which the farmer takes extra care to water, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree, the tree still hasn’t sprouted. So it goes as the sun rises and sets for four solid years. The farmer and his wife have nothing tangible to show for all of their labour trying to grow the tree.
Then, along comes year five.
In the fifth year that Chinese bamboo tree seed finally sprouts and the bamboo tree grows up to 90 feet in just one growing season! Or so it seemsâ€¦.Now the question is “Did the little tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?” The answer is, of course, obvious. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. The same principle is true for people. People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success, while get-rich- quicker and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.
Had the Chinese bamboo farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the tree’s growth as surely as a caterpillar is doomed to a life on the ground if it is freed from its struggle inside a cocoon prematurely. The struggle in the cocoon is what gives the future butterfly the wing power to fly, just as tension against muscles as we exercise strengthen our muscles, while muscles left alone will soon atrophy. My problem with exercise is not getting instantly stronger after each work out! I pray for more patience every day and I pray to get it right now!
Unfortunately, we are trying to live our fast paced lifestyle in what is naturally a slow paced world. We live in a quick-fix society. We get frustrated if we have to wait more than 2 minutes for service or a stop light to change. We want instant solutions to every complex problem and every fractured relationship. In short â€“ we want it all now! Maybe its time to reflect on an old, old poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that is as true today as it was when he wrote it over 100 years ago:
“The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Toiled ever upward through the night.”
My dear friend’s life often works in a similar way; is it not? You can work on your dreams for weeks, months and even years with no visible signs of progress and then, all of the sudden, things take off. Your business becomes profitable beyond your wildest dreams. Your relationship becomes more vibrant and passionate than you ever thought it could be. You become a charisma and your contribution to the society becomes something beyond your wildest dream. Suddenly you are able to touch the lives of millions of others in a very positive way.
We on behalf of Transformationplus wish you and your family a very Happy New Year 2012.
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Eleanor Anne Sweet
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