We’ve all heard the story about the rabbit that bragged to the turtle that he could beat the turtle in a race. The turtle took him up on his challenge, and off they went. Naturally, the rabbit was quickly far ahead, so he stopped to eat some grass. After all, the rabbit wasn’t even in sight – he had plenty of time. After eating, he felt drowsy, so he decided to take a nap. He was going to win, anyway. When he woke up and got to the finish line, the turtle was already there.
I’ve seen many fail because they get off to a fast start and build their business quickly, but then they get overconfident and take a holiday or get distracted, lose momentum, and before they know it, they have been beaten by the slow and steady types of persistently and consistently stick to their guns and follow their plans of action diligently every day. The “flash in a pan” types let their egos get in the way of long their term success.
Think of a fellow pushing his cart up a hill. Halfway up, he stops to take a rest, and his attention is diverted from his cart. The cart runs all the way back down the hill, and he has to decide whether or not he has the energy, motivation, and resources to start all over again. Many never do.
The turtle types understand leverage and compounding and they remember the story about the water hyacinth (see picture above). The story is short so I am going to share it with you here. Credit goes to Jeff Olson, the author of that excellent book, “The Slight Edge”:
“The water hyacinth is a beautiful, delicate looking little plant. Prized as an ornament, it sports six-petaled flowers ranging from a lovely purplish blue, to lavender, to pink. You can find it floating on the surface of ponds in warm climates around the world.
The water hyacinth is also one of the most productive plants on earth; its reproductive rate astonishes botanists and ecologists. Although a single plant can produce as many as 5,000 seeds, the method it prefers for colonizing a new area is to grow by doubling itself, sending out short runner stems that become ‘daughter plants’.
If a pond’s surface is fairly still and undisturbed, the water hyacinth may cover the entire pond in 30 days.
On the first day, you won’t even notice it. In fact, for the first few weeks, you will have to search very hard to find it. On day 15, it will cover perhaps a single square foot of the pond’s surface… a barely significant dollop of color dotting the expanse of placid green.
On the 20th day, you may happen to notice a dense little patch of floating foliage, about the size of a small mattress. You would be easily forgiven if you mistook it for a boy’s inflatable life raft, left behind during a family picnic.
On day 29, one-half of the pond’s surface will be open water.
On the 30th day, the ENTIRE pond will be covered by a blanket of water hyacinth. You will not see any water at all.”
I am working two systems that uses exactly this method to create wealth and residual income, and I would be happy to share the secret with you if you are serious about winning the financial race. Two international companies together make this a very power synergy and it incorporates all the principles I have been teaching business owners since 1987. It’s simple, easy, and affordable. Anyone can do it. I am looking for people to mentor in both these opportunities.
I’m looking for solid turtles, not bigmouth, egotistical, fast talking rabbits. Contact me if you would like to know more.
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com