What lesson can be learned from a bamboo tree? Give a listen and find out! It’s Tuesday, and today we discuss the patience and foundation it takes to achieve your goals and fulfill your vision. Check out the website for more content www.bcbousa.com
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Hello and welcome to BCBO Daily. It is Tuesday May 11th and I’m your host Dan Murch. Back again for another exciting day, another exciting episode. I hope everybody had themselves a fantastic Monday and really got their week started off on the right foot. I certainly did. Busy day like I expected. The inbox was filled with all sorts of stuff for me to tackle at the start of my day but it all worked out okay. I got everything I needed to get done yesterday done. I prioritized and shuffled some things around that I needed to take care of today and later on the week and stuck to my structure and routine. I have my reminder list prioritizing things and I sticking to my structure so that helped.
So, as we look forward to moving into today, one of the thoughts that I had and something I want to talk about is kind of a big picture topic. I know that’s been a topic for a while now and I told you I had an email last week from a listener and the question wasn’t very direct so it is hard to answer on podcast. I reached out to speak to this person and it was all about how to set big picture goals and set your vision and set your long-term company goals and how to stick to them when you’re not seeing any progress at all. It’s hard to stick to something when you’re not seeing any kind of progress. You just have to know that it’s there.
So, what I thought of is the parable about the Chinese bamboo tree. It’s very popular and you can find it online easily. I don’t know if it’s 100% true, but it’s used a lot and it speaks into the idea of being patient and having faith and things of that nature. The story goes like this, if you plant a seed for a bamboo tree it’s going to take upwards of five years before you see any progress. You have to water that seed, you have to take care of it, make sure it has plenty of sunshine, water, good soil, all that good stuff. In the first year you’re not going to see anything. Second-year nothing. Third-year not a thing. Fourth-year, guess what, you’re still not seeing anything. But in a fifth-year that seed is finally going to break through the soil and when it does over the next six weeks it’s going to be 80 ft tall. It’s going to just Skyrocket.
Does the bamboo tree really grow 80 ft in 6 weeks or did it take 5 years and 6 weeks? Obviously, it took 5 years and 6 weeks, except during those five years it was creating its foundation, it was developing its root system, and creating a great strong foundation for itself to be able to grow as high as it did. It’s the same thing with your goals, the same thing with your vision. You have to lay that foundation. You have to put in a strong support system for yourself. You have to fill yourself with the knowledge that you need to accomplish your goals. You need to have the right people around you. You need to have the right products and services, and really kind of hone your skills before you are going to see that breakthrough. It is something that we talk about all the time with habit formation. All that stuff, it all plays into it.
You really need to have the patience to wait for it to come through. You’ll see or hear stories about people that win the lottery and then within a year are completely broke. Sometimes getting rich overnight isn’t the greatest thing for you. Now, let me say this, I want to try it and I want to see how I do, but you do hear those stories all the time. Sometimes getting everything that you want quickly is not necessarily the best thing for you long term. Sometimes you need to kind of go through things, you need to overcome challenges and learn some things along the way. You can’t have success without failure. We talk about that all the time. You need to have failure so that you can learn and you can grow and you can develop your skills and your character and your strengths so that when you do get to the point where you’ve broken through and now you’re skyrocketing it doesn’t overwhelm you and bring you right back down the Earth. You have the proper foundation underneath you.
In relation to your personal life, take that for what it is. In relation to your business, make sure you have a strong office staff. Make sure you’re doing things the right way so that you have good reliable sub-contractors working for you, good reliable employees working for you, you have customers that you have a good working relationship with. They pay their bills on time and when they set up jobs and they’re giving you all the information that you need to do the job so you are not dealing with change orders and delays and all sorts of stuff that goes into that. They all tie into each other and sometimes it just takes a little patience.
That’s what I wanted to hammer home for you guys today. Just have a little patience. I know that every day it can get hard when you’re not seeing results, but you’re going to get there. Like I say everyday just take it one step at a time, and eventually we’re going to succeed. We’re going to reach our goals. We’re going to fulfill our vision, both our personal and our business. I see it everyday in Blue Collar Back Office. There are some things that I do on a weekly basis that are not doing anything for us right now. They’re not increasing our profit or not increasing her client base, and not putting any money in my pocket. But I know, I know deep in my bones that they’re going to make us a more successful company 5 years from now. We will skyrocket and then I’ll be like Scrooge McDuck swimming in gold coins or something like that.
It’s that idea you have to believe it, you have to be 100% committed to it, and you have to have patience to do it. Now, I’m saying this as a person with very little patience in day-to-day activities. Talk to Gina, talk to Kerriann, talk to Anthony, talk to anybody else I work with. Sometimes I have a short fuse for patience. I just don’t have it, but somehow it’s like a weird thing in my brain when it comes to longer-term, bigger picture things I’m able to remember to be patient so it helps me not quit on my goals, helps me keep working towards them. I need to keep working on being more patient in my day-to-day activity. I have gotten better over the years, but is something that I still need more work on.
That’s where we’re at for today guys. so just take that from today and take care of your bamboo tree. Give it good soil. Give it some sunshine and water it. Make sure you are working on everything you need to be doing and eventually you’re going to break through the ground and are going to skyrocket. You can be the success that you all want to be.
All right, it’s Tuesday, let’s do it. Let’s get out there, let’s pay the rent on our success. Let’s keep grinding through the week, getting things done, taking care of our day-to-day activities, but also keeping our eyes on the prize and staying focused on our big picture.
Let’s keep asking ourselves that question – How would the person I want to be handle the thing I am about to do? Keep pulling yourself forward. Keep putting yourself in that forward thinking mindset.
It happened yesterday, it happens every day I do this podcast – things aren’t always going to go right 100% of the time. But it’s going to be ok. We’re going to figure it out just like we always do. Let’s not beat ourselves up. Let’s try to limit the negative self-talk. At the end of the day let’s make adjustments where we need to, but also seek out and celebrate our successes. We are working hard. We are good people who deserve to be happy. We deserve good things in our lives so let’s find and celebrate our successes because we certainly deserve them, and we here Blue Collar are here to support you as you go through this journey.
Lastly, as always, go check out the website bcbousa.com. That’s where you can get all the good good. That’s it guys so let’s have a great Tuesday. Yesterday was great and today is going to be great too. We’re going to have a ton of success. So let’s go do it and I will be back tomorrow. Thank you for your time and have a great day.