August 20

Develop a Root System

Imagine a tree in the middle of a rocky field. The soil is tough, and grow- ing roots is a challenge. In the field next to it, there’s an oak tree growing tall in the middle of a beautiful pasture with soft, rich soil and plenty of water.

Which tree will thrive?

The answer is both. Why? Because trees adapt and grow in the spot where they are planted. The tree in the rough soil will grow roots that circumvent the rocks and eventually reach the subterranean water and nutrients it needs to survive. The tree in the fertile field will grow roots as well, though it will not have to adapt in the same way.

It’s tempting to wish that you were planted in a more fertile field. Maybe you don’t like your manager, or you are surrounded by people who don’t share your vision or ethics, or your organization isn’t growing in the way it should.

There may come a time when it’s necessary to replant yourself. However, don’t do it until you’ve done all you can to grow in the spot you are planted. Every adversity is an opportunity for you to learn some- thing, adapt, and develop new skills and a more resilient mindset.

Before you seek a new field, make sure you’ve grown all you can in the spot you’re planted.

Grow in the spot you are planted.


How can you leverage your current situation for growth?

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