Many people want success but are unwilling to do the daily, mundane work to reap the benefits later on in life. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the law of sowing and reaping. Farmers understand this principle very well. I admire their work and patience. They prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water the ground, and then WAIT for growth.

I’m not a very patient person. My guess is that you aren’t either. We live in a fast-paced technological, microwaveable world. We expect instant results from very little effort. Unfortunately, success doesn’t come about in an instant. It comes about through the power of daily, compounding interest.

As leaders, we must invest in our growth each and every day so that we have something to give to our followers later. This reality hit me a few months ago. I felt guilty one day for not having to prepare much for an upcoming meeting. It finally dawned on me that I’ve been preparing for that meeting for 25 YEARS! Every book, seminar, podcast, conference, mentoring session, or experience I’ve had has been a seed sown so I can now help others.

What an “aha” moment! Whether you are leading a family, a team, or an entire organization, sowing daily seeds of personal growth is required if you want to someday reap a high level of success. It’s been said by many leaders that it took them decades to become an “overnight success.” The truth is that there are no instant success stories. Successful people were just discovered after putting in a lot of daily, consistent, persistent work in the dark when others were sleeping or having fun.

If you want to be highly successful in your personal life or profession, make the commitment right now to sow daily seeds so one day you’ll be able to reap a crop of hard-earned success.

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