Momentum- The Law of the Bamboo Tree


I once drove an armored S500 and you should have seen the big grin I had on my face from knowing that my right foot was in command of over 300 horses of raw power from a 5.0 litre V8! I expected a huge frontward surge the moment my foot tapped the accelerator, but alas this was not the case šŸ˜¦

Moving from 0km/h to about 45km/h was a pain, despite pushing my foot hard on the accelerator, it felt like waiting for the sun to set from 4pm. At some point this changed though, once this “bow legged” bad boy hit 50km/h my frown turned into a smile- ear to ear šŸ™‚Ā  becauseĀ  it started picking up speed really quick. That is when I had my aha moment- an realised it was “Momentum” coming into play, which in Physics is defined as “the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity”.

This car as stock was about 2,200kgs; to put this in perspective those are 2.5 Vitzs stacked together! Then add the armoring which even made it heavier. Also being a petrol propelled naturally aspirated engine, did not make it torquey enough compared to its V8 turbocharged diesel counterpart the S420 CDI. Hence the reason it was so lethargic off the line, but as momentum built up this “luxurious tanker”wasĀ  unstoppable.

How many times have we felt this way in life?

Have you ever push so hard but nothing seems to be happening? No form of advancement whatsoever?

Has this been the situation with your business where you have been trying to drive sales, growth seems to haveĀ plateaued ?

What about your career? You have probably struggled getting endless professional certifications coupled with an MBA from world class Business Schools but the promotion or pay-rise always seems like a mirage.

Let us look at this quote from Zig Zaglar:

ā€œThe seed of a bamboo tree is planted, fertilized and watered. Nothing happens for the first year. ThereĀ“s no sign of growth. Not even a hint. The same thing happens – or doesnĀ“t happen – the second year. And then the third year. The tree is carefully watered and fertilized each year, but nothing shows. No growth. No anything. For eight years it can continue. Eight years! Then – after the eight years of fertilizing and watering have passed, with nothing to show for it – the bamboo tree suddenly sprouts and grows thirty feet in three months!

Well such is life, many at times we find ourselves in a space where we are seemingly doing things right, and quiescence prevails. ButĀ  as long as you keep doing things right and you keep exhibiting discipline, patience and persistence your labour will eventually build up enough “Momentum”and eventually hit the “Tipping Point” where you start bearing fruit.

Had I not continued having the pedal to the metal of the s500 I would not have built up enough momentum and hit the “Tipping Point”of 45km/h where it was all joy from that point.

Keep pressing on and never give up no matter what. Keeping stepping on the gas, watering, applying the fertilizer because your Tipping Point might be very close…


Be blessed,

Charles Kariuki.






2 thoughts on “Momentum- The Law of the Bamboo Tree

  1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… 2.5 Vitzs. Life is one heck of a ride. I love your writing. Charles, you should write more often…you have a lot of wisdom the world can benefit from.


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