#399 Bonzai Trees, Goldfish, and You

How to 100x Your Awesome

Today we’re going to chat about bonzai trees and goldfish and you.

Alan Cohen puts it so perfectly (in his epically named book Why Your Life Sucks) that I’ll let him take it from here:

“We have all been hypnotized into thinking that we are smaller than we are. Just as an undersized flowerpot keeps a mighty tree root-bound or a little fishbowl keeps goldfish tiny, we have adapted, adjusted, and accommodated to a Lilliputian life. But place the same tree in an open field or the fish in a lake, and they will grow to hundreds of times their size. Unlike the tree or goldfish, you are not dependent on someone else to move you. You have the power to move yourself. You can step into a broader domain and grow to your full potential.”


I never thought about it quite like that. You?

Think about that for a moment…

You can make what should be a HUGE tree super-dinky simply by keeping it in a tiny pot.

Same thing with a fish. Small bowl = small fish. Big lake = big fish.

Today’s +1: Is it time to upgrade the size of your flowerpot/fishbowl?


Here’s to 100x-ing your awesome.

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