Motivation: If you Think of Giving up,Just Remember the story of the Chinese-bamboo Farmer(A Lesson in Patience)



The Story Of The Chinese Bamboo Tree – A Lesson in Patience

There’s a story about a Chinese farmer who is struggling to provide for himself and his family.


One day, he comes across a man who tells him that if he buys these seeds, the man opens his hand to reveal dozens of tiny beige coloured seeds, all his worries will be over.

‘These seeds will grow into towering Bamboo trees that will provide all you will need to sustain yourself and your family for the rest of your days’. The man says.

The farmer, a bit dubious of this strange man’s claims doesn’t see any other way out of his already dire circumstances so buys the seeds and gets to work on planting them.

After planting the seeds, he spends his days carrying water from the river to where he had planted the seeds and watering them.

He continues this process for weeks, then months.


All his other crops were growing fine, but these bamboo seeds refused to grow.A whole year goes by and the farmer has spent everyday watering the seeds, but yet no sign of any growth or even life from the seeds he had brought off the man.

But the farmer, keeping faith, continued to water the seeds, daily.

Eventually people of the town began to hear about this strange farmer who had planted strange seeds and nothing was growing. They began laughing and mocking him ; calling him crazy.

‘Just give up. You’ve been watering those seeds for 3 years now. Nothing is going to happen, you’ve been sold faulty seeds and a pipedream’ said the town.

The farmer ignored them and continued the process of watering the seeds.

5 years had passed and there was still no sign of a Bamboo tree, or any life from the ground where he had planted the seeds, years ago.

By this point, despondent, the farmer waters the seeds one more time and decides that enough is enough. He curses the man who had duped him and sold him the seeds and heads home.The next day the town is awoken by screaming from the farmer’s house, and gather to see what the ‘crazy old man’ was up to now.

When the town shows up to the farmer’s crop field, there, in the ground where the farmer had planted the seeds they see green sprouts bursting out.

The bamboo trees were finally growing.

Within the next 6 weeks the bamboo trees had grown 90 feet.

After 5 excruciating years of hard work and doubt, the farmers perseverance had paid off.


As people, it’s in our nature to want things to happen yesterday.

Like beginning your diet and then checking your reflection every morning to see if it’s working (don’t worry, I know).

But anyone who’s gone through a physical transformation and dieted to lose fat, or build muscle knows that it takes months before you begin seeing changes and then even more months before you achieve your goals.

I talk a ton about mindset and it being the most important thing when you start out on your fitness journey.

The ‘right diet’, the ‘perfect program’, the fanciest gym etc are all by-products of cultivating the right mindset first.

It’s taken me 8 years to finally have achieved the physique I wanted and the knowledge that came with that whole process.

8 years of extreme doubt, anxiety and giving up (at times).

Even the guys (and girls) who have this knowledge, go through periods where they become frustrated at how slow things like fat loss work, and no matter how much knowledge you have on how to overcome certain plateaus, it still mindfucks you, believe me.

You could say I spent the first 8 years failing, learning, and like the farmer ‘watering’ the proverbial bamboo seeds in my own life that finally cultivated in the end result.

But like Steve Jobs said : ‘You can only connect the dots looking back’.

You may be struggling and frustrated with your results right now, but I can assure you, a month from now, a year from now, two years, three years, you’ll look back and realise that you had to go through these periods of ‘suck’ to get to where you are.

Businessman Crossing the Winning Line

It’s part of the process.

So, just like the chinese farmer, keep watering those seeds.

Your effort today will pay dividends tomorrow.




Prince is Solutions-driven programmer with a few years track record of commended performance in modular and object-oriented programming. Well-versed in all phases of the software development lifecycle, with a strong working knowledge of algorithms and data structures. Proven success engineering customized solutions improving business processes, operations and profitability.

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