A Lesson You Must Learn From The Chinese Bamboo Tree

the chinese bamboo tree

the chinese bamboo tree

I have been working on a project for a while now – and just very recently I thought about giving up. I had considered the epileptic electricity in Nigeria, funding, the culture of “come today come tomorrow” and a couple of other countless reasons I had concluded wouldn’t help me achieve my goal. I would later take a pair of Panadol extra to reduce my headache. I had made up my mind to quit and continue later. (a ‘later’ that may never come)

I was really struggling with that decision. I was confused, tired, and fed up. The only excitement I had left was that from a National Interactive Youth conference I attended last saturday in the south eastern city of owerri put together by Nigerian Greatness coach, Jephter Akaehie. I had my mind properly refreshed by that experience. I had an awesome time coupled with the fact that I met two great speakers I highly respect – UN Youth Ambassador, Steve Harris – a remarkable speaker and author. Emeka Nobis, another amazing speaker too. The conference had other wonderful people in attendance from all works of life.

After Leaving the Imo state capital, the thought of my project bounced back to me.

Barely few days after the Conference, i came across a particular story that struck me hard!
Yes, its a story you must learn from. A story that could change your Life for Good!

Unlike most other plants, Chinese bamboo is quite unique on its own. When this bamboo is planted, watered, and nurtured for the whole growing season, it does not outwardly develop even just for an inch. Then, on the next growing season, the farmer must continue to irrigate, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree and yet nothing happens – it fails to sprout just the same.

And as the seasons go in and out, the farmer has to continue caring for the bamboo for four consecutive years. What could really be discouraging is the farmer has nothing substantial to demonstrate for all of his labour in caring and growing the tree. Four lonely years of hard work and caring and yet you have nothing!

And then on the fifth year, something so amazing and incredible Happens!

All the hard work seems to be paid off on the fifth year because that Chinese bamboo tree seed at last grows and not just growing as we normally see with other plants. The bamboo tree shoots up to more than 80 feet all in just one growing season! Now, that is a very astonishing demonstration of the power of nature!

Now, you might be thinking: Did the small tree choose to be inactive for four years and then just decides to grow dramatically on the fifth? I think the answer is quite clear for us to see. The little tree was actually developing itself underground by expanding its root system to make it tough enough to sustain its impending external growth in the fifth year and even beyond.

Now, had the tree failed to build up a strong and able underground foundation, it would be impossible for it to keep on growing when it is time to sprout outside into the outside world.
A great lesson of patience, persistence and hard work can be learnt from the story of planting Chinese bamboo.

This story is very much true in our bid to achieve our goals – in our academics, relationships, body, jobs etc. we have to patiently exert efforts in self-discipline, develop the right values and adopt stronger character while at the same time defeat many difficulties and different challenges.

I have come to realize that Faith, Patience, Persistence and consistent action remains key to achieving our desired goals!


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14 thoughts on “A Lesson You Must Learn From The Chinese Bamboo Tree

  1. I must agree with you. We often want to run before we crawl, forgetting that we learn perseverence when we fall and try to stand during the transition from crawling to walking. Nice write up and a good reminder on charcater growth.

    1. JMAD: I agree with you. I love the saying that goes: “Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow, you may succeed with another blow.”

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Hi Emeka! I agree with you completely on this post…It is important to be fully equipped before trying to achieve something substantial…Great to get to know someone from Imo State; we were in Orlu, Imo State from 1977 – 1984…My father worked as an Education Officer in Bishop Shanahan School…

  3. its an awesome story, never give up coz all those u thought God has forgotten u he was actually preparing u for something big ahead,which when it comes it shall be a wonder to the world,the summary of the chinese bamboo story is just patient and peserverance.

  4. This is a great post that young people need to integrate into their consciousness. This is what we all need to help us become better entrepreneurs to change the narrative of Africa.

      1. Hello Emeka, would you kindly do me a favour to use your blog to inform your audience about my new book on entrepreneurship: ” Embracing Your Inner Courage”. Let me know how you feel about it. Thank you very much.

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