"Everyone thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it, is the seed"
Read the above quote from Friedrich Nietzsche again. Now think about it for a minute. I'll wait.
I want you to hold onto the thoughts you had about the quote. If you think it might slip away then write them down on anything handy.
Now let me tell you why I agree with what Nietzsche said-and what I believe about it.
I believe that in today's very busy world with almost "push-button" gratification for any thing we need and the "instant" answer capability of the internet we forget that often the true answers, to the truly important question we have, lay within us. It's what's inside that is important; not the "low-hanging fruit" that may seem to be the right answer or perhaps just the one most expedient. It's not the "fruit" it's the "seed" inside that's important.
And now with what has happened to our economy, to many of our employers and businesses, to our faith in government and institutions we thought if not infallible, certainly trustworthy and that would "do the right things"-it is even more important to think about the "seed" or fundamentals at the core of everything we do and believe. It is what's "inside" that counts most.
I think that everything in the world, good or bad, starts with a kernel ... a small seed if you will. A little bit of something that grows and expands until ultimately it becomes what it is destined to be or what it is cultivated or allowed to become.
The kernel may grow from the elements and materials that it consists of in a predetermined way, driven by its own internal "system" or "engine" that takes in what it needs to keep it growing. Like a tree.
Some kernels begin as a by-product of an event and grow through its interaction or reaction with what is outside of itself. Like a stalactite that comes to being and grows through years of mineral build up from the ground water in the cave's roof following the pull of gravity and dripping steadily year after year, to the bottom of the cave. Or an oyster's pearl that results from its reflexive self-protection mechanism; forming a coating around a grain of sand, to prevent it from abrading its tender flesh, with a new layer being added year after year. And so the pearl grows.
I think people grow from their own kernels and what we become is both due to things we cannot control (but have to react and respond to) and those things that we can exert some measure of control over.
Take control of those things you can and certainly govern your response and reaction to those things that happen beyond your control and make the experience grow "you" the way you need and want them to.
Here's some more "seeds for thought":
"You only have to do a very few things right in your life, so long as you don't do too many things wrong." - Warren Buffett
"There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless they are willing to climb themselves." - Andrew Carnegie
"We are defined more by what we don't know about ourselves, than by what we do know. Change offers us the chance to discover what we don't know and therefore helps us reach our potential." - Mimi Welch
"It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in-between that we fear...It's like being between trapezes. There's nothing to hold on to." - Marilyn Ferguson
"He has half the deed done, who has made a new beginning." - Horace, Epistles
"The great end of life is not knowledge but action." - Thomas Henry Huxley
"Action creates changes, not talking about it." - David Clarke
Go back to your note or thoughts about the opening quote ... what did you think about it before you read what I had to say about it?
I think it's important to understand that while the "fruit" may be what we are all after in life; that in order to have a "fruitful" life we have to work on having the right "seeds" planted to grow the fruit.
Knowledge can be a kernel for growth; an idea can be a seed for change. We have seen people take the knowledge and many of the ideas that we discuss and present on this and our own website and start or buy businesses that earn fantastic livings for themselves and their families.