Plantin’ Seeds

Big Redwood Trees
Photo by Josh Carter

If you want to grow a giant redwood, you need to make sure the seeds are ok, nurture the sapling, and work out what might potentially stop it from growing all the way along. Anything that breaks it at any point stops that growth.

Elon Musk

One observation I’ve been appreciating recently is the nuanced, yet powerful force of planting seeds. Our future is built on our past decisions, specifically, all the big and tiny things we agree (or not) during each day.

Everything we do, from how we sit, how we communicate to ourselves, how we eat, to what we read, has a butterflying effect into our future. We are who we are today because of echos from our past, and the echoes from our parents past and beyond.

On the surface, there’s rarely immediacy to planting seeds. They take time, attention, water and sunlight that we could be using elsewhere. And we can’t eat them right away. If we tried, they would be as nutritiously effect to what we are trying to grow.

A conversation here, a habit there… A week goes by and there’s not much to show for it. Progress was made, but it’s often too subtle for us to notice. This is one of the big reasons why most people don’t plant seeds. Growing is slow work. ‘I can’t invest or focus on my future problems, because all of my immediate problems are right now’ — this is something I’ve said others and told myself before.

But immediacy doesn’t equate to priority.

What separates those that do, versus those that don’t is prioritize the future today. A creator creates every day — even if it sucks, because eventually they know their investment will pay off.

Invest in the right things, and the ‘immediate’ things will fade away.

Today is always the best day to do something for tomorrow. Why do tomorrow what you can do today?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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Future-proofing

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” 
—  Warren Buffett

I love this quote.

Daily habits are a great way of growing trees.

Q: What are you building and cultivating today that will create a happier, healthier and successful life in the future?

Happiness, Health and Wealth are built with one small act each day. Stick with that long enough and you’ll have something incredible on your hands.

Hard work now, rewarding life later. But it’s not only that. We’ve gotta start learning to love the suck. 
There will always be moments of grinding, putting in the extra effort, elbow grease, and fighting past plateaus. That’s part of the learning and living process. (If you’re not plateauing or digging in the mud, you’re probably not growing) As hard as it is, this is part of the process of seeking an extraordinary life.

Go out there and start planting.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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