Growing fast and slow

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and can reach 30 metres in height.

And despite being a member of the grass family, it’s strong stuff – it’s still used for scaffolding in Hong Kong.

I have some bamboo in my mini tropical garden in London and when it was first planted I marvelled at how fast it grew.

Every day I came back to look at it, it was noticeably taller. In a few months it was taller than me. Not long after that, it was taller than the first storey of the house.

The funny thing is though, I could stand there all day looking at that bamboo and never see it move.

I think life change is like that. We hold out for the flashes of insight, the big turning points, the landmark opportunities but really the best progress is made steadily and iteratively.

If we just keep growing in the right direction (instead of going for a burst of activity then nothing for weeks), our progress can be amazing.

If you’re searching for a way to make a living while also making a life, you can get there if you just keep playing it out – day by day, project by project. Keep noticing the things you enjoy and the things that put you in flow and put them into creating things people really want.


PS. If you’re in London, don’t miss Scanners Night tonight with the wonderful Roman Krznaric on The 6 Habits of Highly Empathic People.

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