The imagination is so delicate that sometimes even words wound it

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Do the groundwork

The mighty tree grows from a seed in two directions. Before it grows upward to the sky, it sends shoots down into the ground, its roots. The roots anchor and nourish the tree, so it can then grow to be tall and magnificent.

For every tree that reaches high into the sky, there are firm roots -- unseen, yet absolutely critical. Without the roots, the tree would topple, or it would wither from lack of water and nourishment.

When we look at a person of accomplishment and success, we often see the tree, but not the roots. Success looks so easy in others, because we fail to see all the hard work and preparation that went into laying the foundation -- the roots -- for their success.

Lasting accomplishment is possible only when you have first built a solid foundation of discipline and preparation.

3 inspired and motivated:

Karachiite said...

Not all people hav roots.. some of them are just lucky.. and then they get hoshiyar enuff to mainatain that success!! else they topple!

Cookie Monster said...

@Karachiite
But even with luck, you had to do something right to get lucky right? The groundwork upto that point cannot be doubted! ;)

I think one thing which often is missed out when talking about hard work and prep is Vision. Without sight of where you are going, you are going nowhere! :)

AD said...

sigh!

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