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The Chinese Bamboo Tree

We live in a quick-fix society. We have access to instant information, music and books.  We buy fast food through the drive thru.  We beep at the car in front of us as soon as the light turns green.  Resolutions to problems or relationships are expected instantly. 

We want to see immediate results related to the turnaround of our economy, despite the fact that it took years to get to this state.  We enter foreign countries and expect to immediately change their culture.  If a CEO is put in place and doesn’t demonstrate an immediate turn-around, they take a walk through the revolving door and someone new is put in place.  Unfortunately, we are trying to live our fast paced lifestyle in what is naturally a slow paced world.

A poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is as true today as it was when he wrote it over 100 years ago:

“The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Toiled ever upward through the night.”

A good lesson on this subject is the story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree.

It seems that this tree when planted, watered, and nurtured for an entire growing season doesn’t outwardly grow as much as an inch.  Then, after the second growing season, a season in which the farmer takes extra care to water, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree, the tree still hasn’t sprouted.  So it goes as the sun rises and sets for four solid years.  The farmer has nothing tangible to show for all of his labor trying to grow the tree.

Then, along comes year five.

In the fifth year that Chinese Bamboo Tree seed finally sprouts and the bamboo tree can grow up to ninety feet in just 2 months!  Or so it seems…….

Did the little tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth?  Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?  The answer is, of course, obvious.  Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew.  Had the farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the tree’s growth as surely as a caterpillar is doomed to a life on the ground if it is freed from its struggle inside a cocoon prematurely. 

The same is true for our children, our careers, our relationships, and OUR PORTFOLIOS.
Clients who work with Efinity Financial will build a foundation for wealth.  We will help you plant, water, nurture, and grow your portfolio.  Efinity will help you stay focused and disciplined, manage your wealth, and meet your financial goals.

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