Most of us have a tendency to look at the finished product and view it as unattainable. We may go to a concert, and see a world class pianist or violist work their instruments into brilliant and beautiful songs, and assume we could never be as good. We go to a sporting event to watch a basketball player dribbling the ball with astounding precision and coordination and cheer as they help the team win. We see things in the finished product, but we do not always realize just how much effort and practice went into the finished product.
Think of the roots of a tree. Examine an old, majestic oak, and marvel at the symmetry and beauty. You don’t see the extensive roots, which may be just as impressive. These old giants withered countless storms and bad weather. The seasons have blurred through time for hundreds of years, over a thousand for some species.
Always take care of your roots and you will flourish in all aspects of your job, and life. When starting a new job, or getting a professional career started, do not worry about how much or little you know. Grow your roots though learning and developing. Don’t worry about how much you know, or how good you may look in the eyes of others. Most of this is superficial. Learn all the fundamentals, and your foundation will flourish. Your roots will grow. There will be others who are experts in your area or department or in your life. They may be able to build and produce much more than others. They may be a skilled computer programmer, whose complex and advanced code may be as impressive as intimidating. Their root system will be extensive and developed.
As when you watch a basketball game, you see the end result of a lifetime of practice and development. Stephan Curry may make shooting look easy as he makes shots from seemingly any part of the basketball court. However, you do not see the countless hours of practice he spent growing up. In terms of basketball ability, Curry is a redwood, immense and impressive. A redwood sapling nearby may look up and think it would be impossible to grow to be as thick and tall as mature redwoods nearby. Yet, after many years, the young sapling gets larger and larger. Continuous practice and development will grow your skills and create a solid foundation. As a young worker, you will slowly become a redwood among in your organization and in the workforce if you keep focus on your foundation, your roots.
While it is always a great idea to look upon others with admiration, and to wish to be more like them, always remember that you will need to put in the time. Practice, plan, and develop at all times, and before long, you will become the majestic oak or redwood that everyone admires, but your roots will be extensive, providing a solid foundation for what everyone sees.