No plant that I know of can be planted and grow into full bloom instantly. If there was such a plant I’m sure gardeners everywhere would be using them like wildfire. Such is the same with the things that make up our lives. Riding on the topic from yesterday’s post (See Time and Distance) I’d like to talk about planting those seeds for things in our lives and having the patience to watch them grow into incredible and bad ass full grown trees or flowers or pineapple bushes. I think pineapples grow on bushes. No way of knowing.
Let’s jump in with a story from my own life. About a year ago I needed to build my client list. A prominent client had cut their marketing budget and cut me along with it. I was in need to fill that gaping hole in my income that that loss left. So, I turned to the internet and found their direct competitor and send them a message offering my services and to my surprise...they passed. I was at a loss. Fast forward six month and my Facebook Inbox sat there is a notification from said company asking me to come in for a meeting and short story long, they booked me as their exclusive video and photo marketing expert. Turns out they had been wanting to hire me for some time because they’d seen the work I was doing for their competitor, but didn’t know how to approach me with that idea. When I came to them it just wasn’t a good time for their budget, but months passed and the stars aligned. Had I not sent that message, I may not have ever booked that client. It took time, but with that time came a juicy and flavorful fruit.
You never know what small touches you give out will prosper into something big for you. A great deal of my work comes from word of mouth either from other’s or my own. As I write this I am about and hour and a half out from a meeting with a company that saw a video I did about four months ago and thought to themselves that they would like something like that as well. That initial video was a seed that now has the potential to grow into another fruitful plant.
This idea doesn’t only apply to professional life. Our personal lives are full of opportunities to plant seeds and watch them grow. It could be a new friend or the crush you have. Taking the time to say hi and make that first connection could very well lead to some of your greatest relationships you’ve ever known. Don’t doubt yourself and deny yourself the chance to find something amazing because your seed doesn’t grow in the blink of an eye. Respect the time it takes to grow and you’ll find that the end result is so much sweeter than that bio-engineered instant fruit.
Share with me in the comments a time when you planted a seed and watched it grow into something great over time. And no, I’m not talking about making babies.