How Many Apples Are In A Seed?
Clark and Mason were sitting in the break room talking about business strategies for their small company. Mason, ever the worrier, was expressing his frustrations over how “quick success” seemed to be eluding them. Mason said to Clark, “I can’t see any evidence of our hard work. It seems like every thing that we have done has been to no avail.”
Clark, a more seasoned businessperson, sat listening to his business partner, while peeling a big red apple. He understood Mason’s frustration. Early in his business career, Clark had similar feelings and often gave up on his goals prematurely because he did not believe in himself. Fortunately, Clark gained understanding of the need for belief and patience.
Holding up the apple he was peeling, Clark said to Mason, “See this apple, Mason. When I cut it in half, we can count the number of seeds in it.” Clark cut the apple in half and noted the number of seeds in the core of the apple. He held up one seed for Mason to see. “However,” Clark continued, “we cannot count the number of apples in one seed.” Mason looked at Clark as he momentarily struggled to understand how Clark’s example related to his concerns.
Clark continued, “We cannot know how many “trees” will grow and bear fruit from our efforts thus far. Now is the time to assume that our seed will bear fruit, to see the orchard filled with trees loaded with apples, which have been fertilized with belief and confidence, and watered with enthusiasm. We must be careful not to allow the weeds of negativity and doubt strangle the new plants as they struggle to grow into fruit-bearing trees.”
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Often, it is very difficult for us to see beyond what is present, or absent, for a period of time after we have made a decision and taken action. The silence between the time that we launch our goal and when we begin to see the results of our efforts can be deafening. It is during this time that we may lose momentum and enthusiasm for our goals.
Also, our ability to see thousands of apples in one apple seed may separate the truly successful people from those who experience only a modicum of success.