There’s this special sort of bamboo. If you want to grow it, you need to pick a place, sow the bamboo seeds, and then water it every day for three years, in which nothing happens.

Three goddamn years.

Then, when the time has come, the bamboo grows, but boy, does it grow. About 1 meter per day.

One meter per day!

What happened in those three years? The bamboo prepared. It grew an extensive network of roots, gathering all the resources to be able to shoot out of the soil like nothing else.

What does this have to do with you?

You’re the farmer.

If you want to change the world, you need skills, and you need a strong network. The thing with those two is: They both take a lot of watering before you see any truly substantial results.

So don’t worry if another day of watering goes by and you haven’t seen anything grow yet. Just keep watering. Hone the important skills and develop strong relationships with the people around you. Once you have all the things together, stuff is going to explode.

(This is the article of day 8 of the 30 day blog challenge. To be notified of new posts, subscribe to the mailinglist on the right.)

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