I want to paint a picture for you today. Imagine a farm. Imagine that you have put in hundreds of thousands of pounds and countless hours to plant your crops. You bought the land, prepared the fields, sowed the seeds, and worked day and night to protect and nurture your plants. But then one day, you decide your crops weren’t growing fast enough, so you uproot all of the plants and move them to a new farm.
What would happen to your crops then? They would die, wouldn’t they? You would not reap a harvest. All of the time and effort you put into your farm would be wasted.
I know you’re thinking, “Andrew, that’s just silly! I would never do that! I would never rip up my roots and try to plant them somewhere else just because the plants weren’t growing fast enough or not producing enough fruit.”
But the reality is, that’s what most people do. Most people fail because they walk away from what they have already built because they have been seduced by shiny objects, better opportunities, better opportunities, or better jobs.
In my years of studying people, I’ve noticed that most people have a tendency to start and stop things, but they never stick it out long enough to have real success. They never see anything through to completion. They always have their feelers out, searching for the greener grass that always seems to be somewhere else.
Lots of people will give something a try, but very few will actually pursue that thing. They will stand at the edge and stick their toes in, but they never go ‘all in’. They will dabble in lots of different businesses, industries, and jobs, but they never establish themselves in any one.
That seems to be the norm in our society today. But here’s what most people don’t realize: If you get started in something and you give yourself 90 days to succeed, or otherwise you’re outta there, you are setting yourself up to fail. If you uproot yourself and move around, always looking for greener grass and better soil, you will never get rooted anywhere. And it’s impossible to succeed without roots. This goes for a job, business, marriage, parenting, and everything.
Whether you realize it or not, you are building equity, whether you work for yourself or for someone else. When you uproot yourself, you lose everything you’ve worked for – equity in a business, emotional equity, financial equity, mental equity, sweat equity. When you quit, you lose all of that, and you have to start over from the beginning.
There is ALWAYS opportunity right in front of you. There is always an opportunity to grow and learn and make something out of what you currently have. You are always building equity. 98% of the population does not see it that way, and you are limited by what you cannot see.
So today, I want you to really evaluate yourself. Think about how much opportunity you’ve missed in your life due to your limited thinking. The bottom line is this: The deeper the roots, the bigger and better the fruit. If you have no roots, you will have no fruit.
What would happen if, instead of jumping around and continuously going after the next bright, shiny object, you decided to stay committed to what you are currently doing for 5 years? That means saying “NO” to any other job offer or business opportunity. That means not even entertaining the thought of a new opportunity. What would happen if you went ‘all in’ for 5 solid years?
You would sink your roots in deep and you would produce fruit. Instead of getting impatient, you would sow seeds, nurture and protect your sprouts, and you would produce fruit in your business, career, relationships, and finances. So be patient! Be wise! Be persistent! And know that as you press forward, you will see results.
I have known many people throughout the years who have had a tendency to rip up their roots, and therefore have had very little or no success as a result. I know you know several people who fall into that category as well. So let’s do what we can to help them today. Go ahead and forward this email to your friends, family, colleagues, and even your clients. Post this link on your social media sites right now. Because there are people you know whose success depends on this message. It would also be a good idea to discuss it with your family as well.
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