Forget all the books and seminars. Forget classes, courses, and experts. Forget TV, movies, breaking news, Wikipedia, or Google. Forget all of it. Everything you will ever need to know about becoming successful you can figure out from doing one simple task: weeding your lawn.
Pulling weeds from your lawn is an arduous, time consuming task, that if done perfectly and is not aided by chemical treatment, means you get to repeat the process over and over again every 30-45 days. It sucks. It sucks big time, and all it takes is one nearby neighbour who doesn’t give a damn and a light breeze heading toward your patch of suburban heaven and you’re guaranteed a summer full of weed pulling hell.
If weeds were corporations, these things would be Microsoft, General Electric, and Proctor & Gamble. They are everywhere and if you find yourself as an adversary of one of these giants you’re in for a world of hurt. So what can we learn from the weed and our individual battle against them?
Weeds have roots. They are the foundation on which weeds are built and bring strength and energy so it can survive and thrive. If you want to be successful, you need a solid foundation, a strong mental core, and a cornucopia of knowledge on which to feed. Roots also dig deep and hold on. Your desire to be successful needs to be as deep and as secure as a weed’s roots.
Weeds are freaking everywhere. There’s no climate they haven’t infested and can even be found in some of the most remote and desolate corners of the globe. To be successful you need to adapt to your environment, just like weeds. There’s no situation unmanageable, no adversary unbeatable, no obstacle insurmountable. Adapt. Adapt. Adapt.
Weeds are as hearty as they are adaptable. You can spray ’em, cut them down to the nub, mow ’em, weed whack ’em, freeze ’em, and trample ’em, and they still stick around. They’re even worse than that loudmouth “crazy uncle” who ends up drinking all your beer and spilling salsa on the carpet on the long weekend. To be successful you must be able to take a beating and keep coming back – ideally with illegal fireworks from across the border and a nacho hat.
Unless you’re The Duggars, this doesn’t mean what you think it does. If you’re a weed, this means exactly what you think it does. Seed like nobody’s business: wherever (see “Adaptability”), whenever (see “Heartiness”), however (see “Persistence”), and then get those roots dug in deep (see “Foundation”). If you want to be successful, you need your ideas and your brand to grow.
This one’s a no brainer. Weeds are persistent little buggers. Give them an inch and they’ll take an acre. Just when you think you’ve got them subdued that’s when they strike. You might also add patience to this section. The one weekend you don’t weed the lawn and BAM! Dozens of the little buggers pop right up. To be successful you have to never give up. Keep trying, stay patient, and keep trying.
If it’s one thing weeds are not it’s lazy. Talk about the early bird getting the worm. While you’re busy fussing with the barbecue they’re staring you right in the face and taking over your lawn. Yup, weeds know how do get stuff done. You want to succeed? Get stuff done. Get off your ass and take action.
So there you have it. If you want to be successful in life look no further than the common backyard weed. Respect its ability to multiply, survive, and destroy the enemy. Keep these things in mind and your success will grow like a weed too.