Even Tiny Action Steps can Produce Huge Results


"Someone is sitting in the shade today because
someone planted a tree a long time ago."


This Warren Buffet quote inspires me. It's simple, yet so amazingly powerful.

1. A tiny seed can create something as massive as a tree, even a sequoia tree.

Think of the giant sequoia tree in California, USA. It averages around 26 feet in diameter, weighs around 4,189,000 lbs. and reaches heights of 275 feet. According to Wikepedia, "Record trees have been measured to be 311 feet in height and over 56 feet in diameter. The oldest known giant sequoia based on ring count is 3,500 years old."

The seed of the sequoia tree is 0.16–0.20 inches long, 0.039 inches broad, and 0.039 inches wide.

Hard to imagine, isn't it.

Well, this can easily relate to writing, to content marketing, to business . . . to just about everything in your work and life.

Small positive actionable steps, no matter how tiny, can create massive results. You may think your writing and marketing efforts aren't moving you forward, but think of how long it takes that tiny seed to grow into that tree that gives shade.

2. What you sow today can have benefits for many tomorrows.

Time will pass whether you take action or not. If you have an idea, take action now. Don't wait for tomorrow or until you have more time or until you have more money. Take action now. The benefits may turn out to be bigger than you could possibly imagine.

You may reap the benefits of your writing or content marketing or business efforts far into your future, so take that initial step. Or, maybe it's expansion that you're thinking about, or a new strategy.

Keep in mind though that every living thing needs sun, water, and food to grow. So, when you take that step (plant that seed), be sure to give it the nurturing it needs to become what you believe it can be.

Plant that seed today!


Karen Cioffi is a writer and online platform instructor. She's offering two e-classes through WOW! Women on Writing;

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6 comments:

  1. Karen, I needed this today. My husband broke his back and I haven't been able to work on the print edition of my The Frugal Editor between all the other stuff that's going on. Then it occurred to me if I worked on the index and did just one letter at a time, I would be lots closer to publishing than if I did nothing! (-:

    Also, glad to see you working with WIOW. It's a great site for women writers. They cut no corners! You're a perfect match.
    Best,
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Multi Award-Winning Author of the HowToDoItFrugally series for writers including the second editions of the Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromo and The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditorKind )The latter is e-book only.for the time being.

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  2. Carolyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. It's understandable that you're not focused on work. He'll be in my prayers.

    I'm glad this post helped you today. Tiny steps will lead to results.

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  3. Woah Caroline, how aweful! Is he at home with you? Praying right now!

    Karen, thanks for a timely article. I'm busy de-cluttering! Need I say more? Thanks for the encouragement that if I keep going on the small stuff I WILL achieve something big.

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    1. Shirley, put a couple of items away a day. Imagine what you'll achieve in a couple of months? The problem though, if you're like me, is there will be new 'stuff' added to the other clutter. :)

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  4. Carolyn, you and your husband are in my prayers as well.

    Karen, thank you for the encouraging post. Finally after our move I've been able to get back to work but I have to admit, I felt as if there was a lot of time lost. Your post has helped me look at that time as positive, a rest that can only give me more motivation and energy now, so perhaps the time off was good. And now the smallest progress is still a step forward. Yay!

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    1. Linda, I know about moving! :) Glad you're finally able to get back to a normal routine and glad this post was encouraging. Sometimes a rest or step away from work is a GOOD thing, like you say!

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