• Mj Vieweg

The Seeds of Success

Planted within us all are the seeds of success.

For some, the seeds sprout early and proliferate with gusto. For others, the seeds lie dormant for a long time and then produce blooms fragrant with the sweet smell of success. For still others, the seeds are not tended and never take root.

Leaders recognize these traits, or seeds, in themselves and do the work to cultivate them.

Successful CEOs and entrepreneurial often point to three of these seeds as key to their success.

Those are initiative, intuition, and innovation.

Here’s what some well-known entrepreneurs had to say about each one:


“A little initiative will improve your luck 9 times out of 10.” – Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s


“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinion drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs, CEO and Co-founder of Apple, Inc


“Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO and Founder of Amazon

Consider what Dave Thomas said about initiative. Just a little bit can skew outcomes very much in your favor. How much, then? Maybe about the size of a…seed?

Steve Jobs who wowed the world with the iPod, iPad and then the iPhone chose to seek his own counsel rather than a consensus from others. Just like the seed that relies on its natural intelligence to grow into an oak tree or find a way to grow out of a tiny crack in a sidewalk.

What Jeff Bezos believes about innovation is just like the seed that once sprouted will produce bud after bud which contain even more seeds that can increase and improve the crop.

We all have the same exact seeds for success planted within us.

These executives were not gifted with magic seeds. They did decide to cultivate them, however.

We can too.

In an upcoming post, I will look at some ways we can start tending our own seeds of success.

What other traits do think “grow” success? Do you purposely cultivate those? Of these three, which do you think is most important?

Be sure to listen to the Executalks podcast to hear CEOs talk about what sprouted their success and get more tips for your growing your success!

Photo by Joshua Lanzarini on Unsplash

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