What Can You Learn from Bamboo?

What Can You Learn from Bamboo?

December 15, 2022
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Everyone looks for the miracle moment – the moment when success happens.


We are drawn to these moments because we want to know the secret. We want to know the ingredient that we are missing. The ingredient that makes the recipe.


The problem is … there is no miracle moment. If you want to understand success, you can’t focus on what’s visible.


Results are simply one more step in a long chain of steps that led to that moment.


Nature offers a great example with bamboo, which takes up to 5 years to develop its roots. For years, to the outside observer, no visible progress has been made. Meanwhile, the bamboo grows below the surface, developing its roots and storing energy. Then, all at once, it starts to grow. Years of stored energy result in exponential growth, sometimes reaching over 50 feet in a matter of weeks.

That’s how results happen. Slowly and then all at once.


Everyone wants the results. No one wants the process that leads to them. That's boring.


There are two main lessons to take away:

Not all progress is visible.

Don’t beat yourself up when things aren’t visible. One workout won't make you fit, but it is better than no workout. A small deposit in your bank account today won’t get you to your goal, but it moves you closer. The daily grind is part of the process.

Consistently doing boring things well leads to extreme outperformance.

Most of the time, we know what we need to do. The problem is because we don't immediately see the results, we stop. It's as if we tell ourselves, "I ate healthily and went to the gym all week, and I'm still not as fit as I want, so what's the point?"


You have to be smart enough to know you're making progress without any obvious signs of progress.


Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built one brick at a time.


Article sourced from Farnam Street Blog Newsletter - November 7, 2022