Monday, July 19, 2004

Of geraniums and apple trees

this morning, i was having coffee on the porch and noticed the geraniums that i bought a few weeks ago and summarily starved to near-death due to neglect. But, they were rescued at the last minute by my roommate and re-planted and watered. the last time i looked at them, it seemed like they were going to just wilt away. but today, among the stooped branches were a bunch of buds. they are going to flower again. yoo-hoo !
 
walked into work and there was one of them spam-type emails from a friend, about meaning of life etc. but when i read it, it seemed like he deliberately sent it to me today :
 
Take a look at an apple tree. There might be five hundred apples on the tree, each with ten seeds. That's a lot of seeds. We might ask, "Why would you need so many seeds to grow just a few more trees ?"
 
Nature has something to teach us here. It's telling us: "Most seeds never grow. So if you really want to make something happen, you had better try more than once.
 
This might mean:
You'll contact ten prospects to get one order.
You'll attend twenty interviews to get one job.
You'll interview forty people to find one good employee.
You'll talk to fifty people to sell one house, car, vacuum cleaner, insurance policy, or idea.
And you might meet a hundred acquaintances to find one special friend.
 
When we understand the "Law of the Seed", we don't get so disappointed.  We stop feeling like victims. Laws of Nature are not things to take personally. We just need to understand them - and work with them.
 
Successful people fail more often. They plant more seeds. 
 
IN A NUTSHELL - It's not what happens to you that determines your happiness.It's how many opportunities you create for winning and how you think about what happens to you that does !
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