Have Faith

Imagine...

You're a gardener and you live in a small village. A group of foreigners stroll into town one day to trade and barter with the locals.

As you walk from tent to tent, examining the merchants' offerings, a strange looking old man captures your attention. He's sitting in front of a table with small pouches of what appears to be seeds.

You walk over and ask him what he's got in the small pouches.

"These are magical seeds that will produce the toughest, strongest, most durable trees in the world. You can use these trees to build bridges and roads, heal physical ailments, make clothes, craft furniture, create cooking utensils, and construct musical instruments."

Then he adds, "But these seeds require you to have meditation master's level of concentration and the patience of a tortoise traveling thousands of miles."

"Many have bought seeds from me, but few have seen them come to fruition. You must follow my instructions exactly as I have told you. Only then will you realize the benefits of this wonderful tree."

Curious and full of ambition, you buy a pouch from the old man, and ask him for the instructions.

He pulls out a piece of paper and writes hastily the following words:

"Plant seeds. Water everyday. Have faith."

Sounds simple enough, but with an intriguing final instruction. Have faith? What does that mean exactly? You notice a few other villagers have bought his seeds, too.

Eager to get started, you go to open land to plant the seeds. After all, if these trees are everything the man says they will be, they must be a tremendous asset to the entire village.

And so everyday, you tend to the seeds you planted. One week passes. Then another. Then a month passes, then another and another.

And soon, it is the end of the year. And nothing has happened.

But you keep in mind that final instruction. "Have faith."

So you continue to water it on the days it doesn't rain.

Weeks pass. Months pass. Still nothing. Year two is done.

The neighbors who also bought seeds come to you. "You're still taking care of those seeds? The old man is tricking you. It's all a con."

You think about what they say, and consider it carefully.

What if he was just deceiving me? What if I'm just fooling myself and wasting my time?

But you remember this statement from him:

"But these seeds require you to have meditation master's level of concentration and the patience of a tortoise traveling thousands of miles."

So you decide to stick with it. And everyday, no matter what, you go to where you planted the seeds and continue to water it. Some people snicker, especially the people who have stopped tending to theirs. Others praise you for your commitment and dedication, but deep down they doubt anything will happen.

But regardless of what they think, good or bad, you will continue to water those seeds. Even if it's until your very last breath.

Two years have passed. Still nothing.

Now three years have gone by, not a thing.

Year four comes and goes without a hint, but you still persist. You've made it a part of your daily practice and it's a ritual now.

And in the fourth month of the fifth year something happens. A tiny sprout. A perceptible green leaf.

You wonder if your eyes are playing tricks on you, and if someone put it there to get you excited. You touch it and it feels so real. You are ecstatic but decide not to tell anyone...yet.

The next day, more leaves spring from the ground. And then you know that it's really happening. And then you think, even if it takes another five or even ten years to watch these trees grow, it will have been worth my efforts.

But then something so unexpected happens. You just can't believe it. One month after seeing the first, tiny green leaf, an abundance of stalks have grown to fifteen feet.

It's miraculous. They are growing so fast. The entire village is now in disbelief.

Two months later they are at fifty feet.

Three months after the first leaf sprouted and now the trees are nearly one-hundred feet into the sky, towering over the small village.

Soon the trees reached their peak, and the villagers celebrated and honored the one gardener who persisted, demonstrated faith, and never, ever gave up.

Oh, and the name of that tree? It's called Chinese Bamboo.

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We > I

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Bank Statement 10-10-12
Bank Statement 10-10-12

Update

It's been an eventful couple of weeks for me. I went on Craigslist applied to contract with a couple of places that I feel would fit my skill set AND still do something that I would enjoy. We'll see what comes up.

I've also decided to go all in on my next book, and plan to release it December 25, 2012. Merry Christmas. I've just released a teaser video for the book:

And as for the book title, it could still change, but I like the direction it's taking:

WTF Book Cover Design

I've also did a final redesign of the 8 Life Pillars. Soon I will be brainstorming courses, workshops, and app ideas around this concept. It's gone from butt-ugly to its current iteration. Check out the progression from 2005 until today:

Made these first two in MS Word. The only difference between the two was the changing the language of Career to Service and Education to Learning. Service is all encompassing, more inclusive. And Learning sounds like a more active process than education. Thanks to my friend Mark for that contribution.

Here's where I wanted to make it more graphical. Of course, I was just beginning to play with design apps, but this was my first effort. Of course, the Base of this particular iteration only had the mind as our primary source of everything. Of course, after thinking about it, I changed it.

The second is not so much different from the first. The changes to the Base were made to reflect my understanding of what's at our deepest core.

And now I'm just getting fancier using some shading effects and shadows. Don't know why I chose yellow, but I was just creating.

That last version had too much going on in the actual pillars. Now I'm sliding my design to a more minimal look. Just the icon, and the pillar name at the bottom. I liked where it was going, but I wan't even remotely satisfied.

Then I thought, why not use actual pillars? Of course, going off the last few iterations I decided to keep using color to differentiate each pillar. If you haven't guessed, I was using the chakra color scheme that I associated with each particular pillar.Then I got tired of the colors, and wanted to make the entire design more uniform. Let the icons speak for themselves. Still kept the pillars, but it just wasn't satisfying.

Then I just got sick of thinking about it, and outsourced a design from someone experienced in these matters. I saw his portfolio and thought he would do an excellent job. Too bad he didn't...

Finally, I got rid of using graphical looking pillars. It was so unnecessary. I did use a stone type image to maintain the feel of the pillars. I felt really good about this one.

Then I figured, why the big ol' fat pillars? Why not minimize the design completely, and place the emphasis on the key areas? Done.

And now the final conclusion. I changed the Organization and Learning icons to something I felt was more representative of each pillar.

8LP - Final VersionMoving on...

The Cost Of Independence

In order to reach my goal, as I've stated, I'm going to have to multiply myself and my work. That means books, ebooks, courses, workshops, etc.

So that means an inordinate amount of time developing, creating, refining, editing, testing, researching, practicing and rehearsing. I realize the level of effort and commitment it takes to make this all work.

Writing a book is no easy chore. It requires a lot of thought, organization, and consideration for the reader. Developing a course or teaching anything that promises results requires the same amount of attention and effort.

And this must all be done to a very high level in order to reach who I want to reach, and do the things I want to do.

But I also realize that I can't do it all myself. Brainstorming with friends, talking it over with colleagues who are working on similar projects, and bringing in outside expertise to help refine the message are ideas I MUST be receptive to.

If you don't know me, I am very independent, and rely mostly on myself. And this has hurt me. It has cost me so much. This will NOT get me to where I want to go, and I will never, ever be able to accomplish anything of great significance as long as this software is running my system.

So this means I've got to ask for more help. I've got to reach out to others. I've got to network with a purpose. When I think of networking, it means giving. Lots of giving.

I've never had a problem with giving. I'd give everything I have to others, and never ask for anything in return. And I'm sure I'll continue to do that. But at some point I have to monetize my value whether it's asking for favors or getting a key introduction.

I've got 42 weeks left, and time is flying.

Independence is an important step to take in everybody's life. But it's still not the highest level. Interdependence, working with others, building and co-creating with a team (even if it's three people), is how we reach our highest potential. It is the ONLY way.

Dependence ---> Independence ---> Interdependence

I hope we're all moving in that direction, but as for me, it's time to take that step.

What's Next

More writing, more reading and research, more designing, more hustle, and more video.

Video is my next step, and until I get comfortable in front of a camera, my reach will be limited. And that means my growth will be stunted. There's nothing else I need to do to prepare for it. I just have to practice and do it everyday.

Have a great week and stay tuned.

Paul "No -I- in TEAM" Campillo