Bamboo Tree – A Story about Patient and Persistence

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”—Masanobu Fukuoka

Farming in general requires hard work and there is no 9-to-6 schedule. There are no fixed working hours, no paid leaves. Basically you don’t earn if you don’t plant. But farming has taught many lessons like, you reap what you sow, hard work, patience, persistence etc. are the important lesson we can learn from farming.


There is a special lesson to learn from bamboo farming.

The bamboo tree offers an important lesson, if we plant a bamboo seed and water it and nurture it for a year, we will see no growth above the ground. Even if we did it for four years, we would see no growth. With these discouraging result, it will be easy to abandon our efforts. But if we persisted and watered and nurtured where we planted the seed, we could see 80 feet of growth in the fifth year.

So how long does it take for it to grow so high? 6 weeks or 5 years.

If the farmer stopped watering the plant at any point during those five years, it would have died. 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?


What has happened during all those years?

Underneath the ground, an enormous network of roots was developing, this enabled the rapid growth of the tree in fifth year. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. The same principle is true for people.

Life is almost like the growing process of the bamboo tree.


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