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Business Bamboo

My nephews are in karate. In the last year, they have gone from white belt to green stripe one. They just accomplished their new belt level last week, and of course, I went to the belt ceremony.

Before their Master handed out the new belts and awards, he talked a little bit about the achievements the students had made, and compared their learning process to bamboo.

I didn’t know this, but he had said that it takes 5 years for bamboo to sprout. Can you imagine that? You plant some bamboo, and you have to take care of it – feed and water it, weed it, etc. So, you’re taking care of it everyday, but you don’t see it sprout for five years!

But guess what happens when it does sprout? It goes from sprout to 90 feet tall in six weeks. That’s 90 feet tall in 6 weeks!!!

So what does this have to do with you? Well, think of your business as bamboo. Don’t quit!!! Just like bamboo, you’re going to have to take care of it everyday. In the same way you feed and water bamboo, you need to “feed” and “water” your business. You have to keep blogging, working on your SEO, staying active in social media, and of course, creating / offering new products and services.

It may seem like you aren’t getting anywhere. Remember, nothing happens overnight. So just keep going. Keep taking care of it. If you quit before it “sprouts,” you won’t see the phenomenal 90 foot growth.

The next time you feel like quitting, think of that bamboo. And keep going.
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Crissy Herron


Crissy Herron is the founder of Indie Biz Chicks. She is the self-described "World's Best Aunt," loves Motion City Soundtrack, is awesome in the kitchen, and is a proud resident of The Mitten State. (that's Michigan, by the way.) And, oh yeah, she used to live in Alaska. (she likes the cold.)

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