“Water the bamboo” metaphor
“If you water giant timber bamboo in the first year, nothing happens. If you water the second year, nothing happens. If you water the third year, nothing happens. But when you water the bamboo the fourth year, it will rocket up an astonishing 90 feet in only 60 days.
Timber bamboo farmers water the seed and tend to it faithfully, diligently, and patiently even though there’s no visible evidence of growth for years.(…)” Greg Bell, Founder, Water The Bamboo Center For Leadership
People may laugh at us watering the seeds that don’t give visible fruits for years. But we should keep doing it anyway. Why? Because we know well, that by working hard on developing our skills and talents today, we WILL eventually be successful. Being successful means different things for everyone, and whether it means climbing the highest mountain or living quiet life close to nature, it is all success if it leads to our happiness.
Every day counts, so keep working on your skill, keep going with original plan, regardless if others doubt you. It doesn’t matter, so long as you don’t give up. Once the seeds give fruits, those who had doubts will ask how you did it.