“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” John Lubbock
Nature is the ideal instructor and the lessons may be applied to all areas of your personal and professional life. The timing of the natural growth cycles, and the ability to produce consistent results throughout history, carries with it principles that should be applied to your process. How can you apply some of nature’s lessons to your own life or career?
Albert Einstein said that, “You have to learn the rules of the game and then you have to play better than anyone else.” And what better way to learn principles then from an environment that’s survived for thousands of years. Do you agree?
One great lesson is that you have to plant a seed before the tree can grow. And then the tree must be watered for years and years before it will ever reach its’ highest point. In today’s world, you sometimes expect to have the tree before ever planting the proverbial seed. Now, the tree can grow taller or faster with proper fertilizers and special products that have been created for such purpose, but the steps in the process remain the same.
Sow the seed. Nurture the tree. Give it time.
Another great lesson is that plants try just as much to grow when nobody is watching, as they do when surrounded by a crowd. An evergreen tree in the middle of a pasture doesn’t care about attention and therefore grows to its maximum potential. Are you working your hardest when nobody is watching? Are you giving 100% when the attention is focused on someone else?
These are just a few of the amazing lessons that nature provides us with every single day. The ability to recognize the beauty in the natural order of things will open you up to more opportunities and will serve as a constant reminder of the path you need to be on.
What else can you learn from nature? I encourage you to spend some time in nature, and do it without expectation. Simply recognize the natural order in which life evolves and apply it to your own process.
Remember what Larry King stated about learning, he said, “I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”
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