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The Fruit and the Loot come from the same Root!

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables (Photo credit: nutrilover)

Deep thick roots

Deep thick roots (Photo credit: eltpics)

The fruit and the loot come from the same root is a clear metaphor for a farmer! While he is expecting the loot at the market, he is acutely aware that without good fruit, the money will not come. He also knows for certain that all good fruit come from a good tree, deeply rooted.

The end goal is the loot, the middle is the fruit, and the beginning is the root! While he may be involved in the entire chain, he knows that without a great start, there will be no chain to speak of! The greatest amount of time and resources is devoted to the development of the root. If he is farming Chinese bamboo, he knows it will take many years before he can even dream of a harvest that will lead to the loot.

Everyone wants the loot. But good fruit does not fall out of thin air … unless it’s the lotto winning (and not even that!).

A best selling author will enjoy the loot, but not without the book, whose root may take years to develop.

A great actress will enjoy the money and the fame, but not without the movie, which may take years to shoot!

A great inventor may enjoy success, but not without his or her inventions, which may come only after years of hard work. As in the case of Thomas Edison, who is said to have tested over a thousand filaments before the lightbulb was invented.

A great leader may enjoy the respect, but not without the leadership skills, that may have taken years of mistakes, trials and errors, to develop.

Malcolm Gladwell‘s Outliers mentions the 10 000 hour rule of success. Citing research, he writes,  “… the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder”. Gladwell continues: “The idea that excellence at perfuming a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researches have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”

The hardest point of work is at the root! Once the fruit shows up and it’s all shiny and beautiful, it can help to “sell itself” to bring in the loot!

For everyone that wants success, your biggest question is: what is the root that you must be devoted to? How are you doing in your devotion? Can you say you are working much, much harder at it? Are you devoting all the necessary resources to it?

The loot, and the fruit, come from the same root!




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This entry was posted on January 22, 2013 by in Entrepreneurship, Essay, Personal development and tagged , , , , , , , , .

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