Roots Before Fruit

That beautiful round luscious ripe apple, didn’t start as an apple, it started as a seed. And before the seed could even be planted, the ground had to be prepared. A seed that had to be watered. And warmed. And watered again. Tended to until the sprouts finally broke the earth. But still not ready yet. It took more time and nurturing, and the right care to help it grow. And then it formed branches, grew inch by inch, branch by branch, leaf by leaf. Pruned and watered. Cared for diligently.  Until one day – finally –  it bore the much awaited fruit.

One of my objectives as a motivational speaker, is to help people reach their dreams. And one thing I often see, is that people want to skip the roots and go straight to the fruit. They want the pay off. They want the results. And what they have missed is that you can not get to the fruit until you have gone through the other stages – until you have prepared the soil, planted the seed, and tended diligently.  It’s a process that takes time and continuous care. You just can’t skip directly to the fruit. It’s impossible.

So while it means you have to work harder and longer, and wait for that dream to become a reality- don’t skip the important foundation steps. Roots before branches.

How are your roots?


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  1. Yes, we must stay rooted to grow and go big! Great truth in this blog, Kelly. The bonus, as you already know,  is strong roots create strength through adversity. All of us have to weather storms and bugs, but when you’re rooted, you stay put. And you are an incredible motivational speaker who will continue to bear fruit from your heartfelt message.

  2. Ah yes. If we must “to thine own self be true” then I will admit that I can be just SUCH a root skipper.  Someone once told me that I wasn’t so good with delayed gratification. I’m getting better – and with phenomenal reminders just like this one, Kelly, I’ll get back on track quickly.  Thank you!!!

  3. Thanks ladies for posting. And quite often (especially in the motivational speaking business) we aren’t even taught what the roots are. And you can’t work on the roots if you don’t know what they look like. For example – give a certain number of speeches for free, build a local client base and then work out, start at this lower fee and when you get it consistently move up, do small audiences before you do big audiences, learn to speak well, practice over and over, etc.  

    Not all speakers will have the same roots – but there will be roots. 

  4. Great post Kelly!  And, don’t forget the fertilizer that we need to grow!  You know what’s funny, Frenchie is writing blogs about wine and I learned that if the roots of the vine have to work harder (due to rocky, uneven, soil) the wine actually tastes better than if the roots had everything they needed at the surface.  Isn’t that interesting?  I know that I am a better motivational speaker now because of all the adversity I had to go through to get to where I am now.  Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for my past and for where I am today. 

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