Is Your Tree Large and Beautiful?

by Tony Chung on October 17, 2010

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.

Basically:

tree-business

  • 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:

  1. Your Happiness
  2. Profitability

Given these parameters, there’s basically only three possible situations:

A. Large and Beautiful Tree = You are happy and the venture is profitable

Picture 1

B. Large and Ugly Tree = You are unhappy but the venture is profitable

Picture 2

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

Picture 3

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?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

tonychung October 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Nice thought. You need to experiment with a lot of different seeds and soil in order to find the right mix. The seed and soil that works for one person may not necessarily work for another.

To take your analogy further, it's often better if your tree grows in an orchard with related trees. This way, the growth of a single enterprise can help a number of related enterprises, and build them stronger.

BTW: Thanks to you I have now been an Apple owner/lover for the past year. Having a PC was great for doing stuff, but my MacBook Pro is an essential part of my life and involved with everything I do.

Tony October 29, 2010 at 9:34 am

Thanks for the comment Tony, great point on seeding in the right place.

Agreed on the MBP note, I've been using Apple products for 5+ years for everything from recording music to web programming to product designs, it's the only truly consistent and reliable multitasking tool I own to date.

Tony October 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for the comment Tony, great point on seeding in the right place.

Agreed on the MBP note, I've been using Apple products for 5+ years for everything from recording music to web programming to product designs, it's the only truly consistent and reliable multitasking tool I own to date.

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