A while ago, I wrote a post about how life is basically a game of blackjack.
Here’s another bizarre analogy:
Being an entrepreneur is basically about throwing a bunch of seeds out there in soil and seeing which seed grows and becomes a gigantic and beautiful tree.
- Soil = The venture / opportunity
- Seeds = Your time, efforts, and money
- Tree = …money
In the ideal combination of the right seed planted in the right soil, your tree (i.e. your mental and financial well-being) will become super large and beautiful. 😉
As you analyze your tree, there are two basic variables to consider:
- Your Happiness
Given these parameters, there’s basically only three possible situations:
A. Large and Beautiful Tree = You are happy and the venture is profitable
B. Large and Ugly Tree = You are unhappy but the venture is profitable
C. No (or Very Small) Tree = Depending on the amount of time passed, You are either:
1. Just starting, or
2. If it’s been a while, you are unhappy AND the venture is unprofitable
Actually this concept pretty much applies to life, business, and relationships. For example, in a relationship, the tree represents the state of your relationship and you and your companion are the seed and soil.
Spending some time first to really gauge out the right seed and right type of soil is much more efficient than just throwing a bunch of seeds all over the place a.k.a. pick the right opportunity and cultivate a focused effort rather than spreading yourself too thin.
I think this is a good visual way to gauge the status of things in your life. So…
Is Your Tree Large and Beautiful?