Planting trees

Starting a business is like planting a tree.

This thought struck me while doing a spot of gardening this morning. A bit philosophical perhaps, but probably appropriate for the start of a brand new year. After all, they say that:

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now!”

The same is arguably true of a business. So, without any further ado, here are a few thoughts on the similarities between planting a tree and starting a business:

  • Location is all important. A good tree in the wrong spot won’t thrive. Neither will a business.
  • Think carefully about what to plant. Sure, you can prune or shape, but the fundamental nature is set at the very start.
  • Preparation matters. Do the groundwork, place it in carefully, and nurture while young. A strong start helps.
  • It can take years to bear substantial fruit. It may even be wise to sacrifice any early fruit to reinvest for growth.
  • External factors can have a big influence on success. Pick a good climate, but be prepared for unforeseen events (frosts, heat waves, etc).

Any budding gardeners/business people out there?  Feel free to add more to the list.

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