Know who you are

All of you leaving here have the.
Potential for enormous success, there’s a.
A price that comes with that first and.
First, knowing who you know who.
You can answer this.
Question Who am I and what do I want? I’m.
We are asking the bigger question.
Who am I really and what do I want I.
Don’t want to be successful.
World.
I don’t want to make a mark or have.
A legacy the answer to that question for.
I am I want to fulfill the highest.
The most authentic expression of myself as a human.
Being.
You must have some vision.
Your life even if you don’t know the.
Plan you have to have a direction in.
Which you choose to go you want to be in.
The driver’s seat of your own life.

Because if you’re not, life will drive.
You know who you are.
In this space and time that we embody.
It would be best if you found a way to serve Martin.
Luther King said that not everybody could.
Be famous, but everybody can be significant.
Because greatness is determined by.
Service now, we live in a world where.
Everybody wants to be famous.
And where we admire people for just.
Being famous, we think being known brings.
We value the truth is all of that will.
Fade in time in three years you won’t be.
Able to name the housewives a banana.
The real truth is that service and.
Significance service and the.
The significance that you bring to yours.
Service is that which is lasting when.
You shift the paradigm of whatever it is.
You choose to do to service and you.

Bring significance to that success will.
I promise you to follow your service and.
Significance equals success. Here’s the.
Essential learn from every mistake because.
Every experience encounter and.
Mainly your mistakes are there too.
Cheat you and force you into being more.
Of who you are and then figure out what.
Is the next right move, what is your truth.
Calling.
What is your Dharma? What is your purpose?
All of you leaving here have the.
Potential for enormous success, there’s a.
A price that comes with that people don’t.
Like you, and they’re not always.

Bring significance to that success will.
I promise you to follow your service and.
Significance equals success. Here’s the.
Essential learn from every mistake because.
Every experience encounter and.
Mainly your mistakes are there too.
Cheat you and force you into being more.
Of who you are and then figure out what.
Is the next right move, what is your truth.
Calling.
What is your Dharma? What is your purpose?
All of you leaving here have the.
Potential for enormous success, there’s a.
A price that comes with that people don’t.
Like you, and they’re not always.

Bring significance to that success will.
I promise you to follow your service and.
Significance equals success. Here’s the.
Essential learn from every mistake because.
Every experience encounter and.
Mainly your mistakes are there too.
Cheat you and force you into being more.
Of who you are and then figure out what.
Is the next right move, what is your truth.
Calling.
What is your Dharma? What is your purpose?
All of you leaving here have the.
Potential for enormous success, there’s a.
A price that comes with that people don’t.
Like you, and they’re not always.

Bring significance to that success will.
I promise you to follow your service and.
Significance equals success. Here’s the.
Essential learn from every mistake because.
Every experience encounter and.
Mainly your mistakes are there too.
Cheat you and force you into being more.
Of who you are and then figure out what.
Is the next right move, what is your truth.
Calling.
What is your Dharma? What is your purpose?
All of you leaving here have the.
Potential for enormous success, there’s a.
A price that comes with that people don’t.
Like you, and they’re not always.

Bring significance to that success will.
I promise you to follow your service and.
Significance equals success. Here’s the.
Essential learn from every mistake because.
Every experience encounter and.
Mainly your mistakes are there too.
Cheat you and force you into being more.
Of who you are and then figure out what.
Is the next right move, what is your truth.
Calling.
What is your Dharma? What is your purpose?
All of you leaving here have the.
Potential for enormous success, there’s a.
A price that comes with that people don’t.
Like you, and they’re not always.

Bring significance to that success will.
I promise you to follow your service and.
Significance equals success. Here’s the.
Essential learn from every mistake because.
Every experience encounter and.
Mainly your mistakes are there too.
Cheat you and force you into being more.
Of who you are and then figure out what.
Is the next right move, what is your truth.
Calling.
What is your Dharma? What is your purpose?
All of you leaving here have the.
Potential for enormous success, there’s a.
A price that comes with that people don’t.
Like you, and they’re not always.

Bring significance to that success will.
I promise you to follow your service and.
Significance equals success. Here’s the.
Essential learn from every mistake because.
Every experience encounter and.
Mainly your mistakes are there too.
Cheat you and force you into being more.
Of who you are and then figure out what.
Is the next right move, what is your truth.
Calling.
What is your Dharma? What is your purpose?
All of you leaving here have the.
Potential for enormous success, there’s a.
A price that comes with that people don’t.
Like you, and they’re not always.

Happy for you and if you surround it.
Yourself with people who are not.
Accustom to your success, they become.
Fearful, they become scared because of you.
Are reflecting something to them.
That they don’t recognize people who.
Want the best for you who want you to be.
Your best, so my most exceptional advice to you.
Is to surround yourself with people who.
Are you going to fill your cup until yours?
Cup runneth over and what I know for.
Sure is that the most significant choices begin.
And end with you, your internal significant.
Questions who do I want to be in the.
World be excellent people notice let.
Excellence is your brand.
Everybody talks about building a brand.
Never even knew what that was when.
People say you’re a brand I would say no.
I’m just Oprah what I recognize now is.
That my choice.
To it every way in every example.
Every experience to do the right thing.
And the remarkable thing is what has.
I created the brand.

Chinese Bamboo Tree

I don’t know if you’ve heard this story about the Chinese Bamboo Tree before now but this is one of those lessons that really sticks with you.  The Chinese Bamboo Tree teaches us success lessons on patience, faith, perseverance, growth & development and most surprising of all… human potential!

Like any plant, growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing. Our patience is tested and we begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded.

And finally in the fifth year – behold, a miracle! We experience growth. And what growth it is! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!

But let’s be serious, does the Chinese Bamboo Tree really grow 80 feet in six weeks? Did the Chinese Bamboo Tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond? The answer is, of course, obvious. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. The same principle is true for people. People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success, while get-rich- quickers and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.

Had the Chinese Bamboo Tree farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the Chinese Bamboo tree’s growth as surely as a caterpillar is doomed to a life on the ground if it is freed from its struggle inside a cocoon prematurely. The struggle in the cocoon is what gives the future butterfly the wing power to fly, just as tension against muscles as we exercise strengthen our muscles, while muscles left alone will soon atrophy.

Can we stay focused and continue to believe in what we are doing even when we don’t see immediate results? In a culture driven by instant gratification – this is our biggest challenge.

We often tell each other (and our children), remember to “Keep trying! and NEVER give up!” The change may be slow – even invisible at times – but suddenly, as in the case of the Chinese Bamboo Tree, we will surprise ourselves.

Keep your faith in this important work.

We live in a quick-fix society. We get frustrated if we have to wait more than 2 minutes for service or a stop light to change. We want instant solutions to every complex problem and every fractured relationship. In short – we want it all now! Maybe its time to reflect on an old, old poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that is as true today as it was when he wrote it over 100 years ago:

“The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Toiled ever upward through the night.”

Final Lesson From The Chinese Bamboo Tree

Yet, all of this requires one thing – faith. The growers of the Chinese Bamboo Tree have faith that if they keep watering and fertilizing the ground, the tree will break through. Well, you must have the same kind of faith in your bamboo tree, whether it is to run a successful business, win a Pulitzer Prize, raise well-adjusted children, or what have you. You must have faith that if you keep making the calls, honing your craft, reading to your children, reaching out to your spouse or asking for donations, that you too will see rapid growth in the future.

This is the hard part for most of us. We get so excited about the idea that’s been planted inside of us that we simply can’t wait for it to blossom. Therefore, within days or weeks of the initial planting, we become discouraged and begin to second guess ourselves, or worse, quit.

Sometimes, in our doubt, we dig up our seed and plant it elsewhere, in hopes that it will quickly rise in more fertile ground. We see this very often in people who change jobs every year or so. We also see it in people who change organizations and even spouses in the pursuit of greener pastures. More often than not, these people are greatly disappointed when their Chinese bamboo tree doesn’t grow any faster in the new location.

Other times, people will water the ground for a time but then, quickly become discouraged. They start to wonder if it’s worth all of the effort. This is particularly true when they see their neighbors having success with other trees. They start to think, “What am I doing trying to grow a Chinese bamboo tree? If I had planted a lemon tree, I’d have a few lemons by now.” These are the people who return to their old jobs and their old ways. They walk away from their dream in exchange for a “sure thing.”

Sadly, what they fail to realize is that pursuing your dream is a sure thing if you just don’t give up. So long as you keep watering and fertilizing your dream, it will come to fruition, just like the Chinese Bamboo Tree. It may take weeks. It may take months. It may even take years, but eventually, the roots will take hold and your Chinese bamboo tree will grow. And when it does, it will grow in remarkable ways.

We’ve seen this happen so many times. Henry Ford had to water his Chinese Bamboo Tree through five business failures before he finally succeeded with the Ford Motor Company. Another great bamboo grower was the legendary jockey Eddie Arcaro. Arcaro lost his first 250 races as a jockey before going on to win 17 Triple Crown races and 554 stakes races for total purse earnings of more than $30 million.

So we can start with this

Lesson number 1

Any mistake it’s a wonderful revenue for you . I told to my young people .

“When you are 20 to 30 years old, you should follow a good boss [and] join a good company to learn how to do things properly,” Ma said.

“When you are 30 to 40 years old, if you want to do something yourself, just do it. You still can afford to lose, to fail,”

when you’re 40 to 50 years old, my suggestion is you should do things you are good at.”

“When you are 50 to 60 years old, spend time training and developing young people, the next generation,”  “When you are over 60 years old, you better stay with your grandchildren.”

 

“You learn from mistakes not because you will be able to avoid mistakes when these mistakes come, [when] these suffers come, you learn how to deal with it, how to face it.”