Week 1 – The Olive Tree and The Onion Plant

The Value of Experience is Overrated

To create the olive, king of all trees, a hundred years is required. An onion plant is old in nine weeks. I have lived as an onion plant. It has not pleased me.

Og Mandino

The deep hidden secrets of these words are being revealed to me now. At first they were just words on the page. But as they seep into my mind with constant repetition I am beginning to see their relevance to my experience in life.

I Have Lived As an Olive Tree

First, I realize that I have ‘lived as an olive tree’. My success as a young man in reaching my goal and acquiring a Doctorate came after many years of persistent, consistent effort backed by BELIEF in my ability to do it.

First came the idea, nurtured and fertilized over those many years by a powerful desire, which raised that thought, that idea, to the level of BELIEF. Without belief, all the work and study and struggle would have been for naught.

Onion Plant

Transitory Beauty

As an Onion Plant

But, in my life as the owner of a home business, I have also ‘lived as an onion plant’. This world of internet and network marketing was foreign to me. I tried many things, but, like the onion plant, each in turn became old and senescent before its time.

And WHY is this so?

Simply because they were merely methods or means to an end, neither clearly defined nor backed by belief in the vehicle or in myself, or both. Trying is not enough!

Fortunately, as Mandino says “the value of experience is overrated, usually by old men who nod wisely, and speak stupidly”. Were this not so, my experience of failure would have had me accepting my fate and living by the adage “what will be, will be”. There’s no stress in that. Nor is there any joy. But it was a great lyric delivered beautifully by Julie Andrews.

And so I continue.

As an internet marketer I have tried multiple marketing strategies, tools and tricks to generate leads and build my business. In truth I am competent at some and an expert at a few. And all have been employed by someone to earn a lot of money. For most the results are dismal.

WHY is this so?

They are all tools. They are methods. They are all of “the world without”. I am guilty, as I suspect are the majority of people, of jumping from one method to the other because other people are having success there. But “… experience is comparable to fashion; an action that proved successful today will be unworkable and impractical tomorrow”.

So it is with the tool or technique of the day.

Work on the CAUSE

And so the importance of changing the world within, the CAUSE, before we can change the EFFECT, is brought home to me with emphasis.

All those opportunities and marketing strategies are just actions or methods, aimed at changing the effect. They will only fortuitously, and probably only fleetingly, create success, unless the inner mind and all those 40 billion soldiers within that ‘mysterious source, that never sleeps, that creates my dreams, and makes me act in ways I do not comprehend‘, are enlisted to tackle my deepest desires.

Therein lies the first step; to define and clearly articulate those deepest desires and embed them in the subconscious mind. The choice we are told to think we have respecting any action related to an idea, is actually made before we are consciously aware of it. Training your subconscious mind to make choices that lead to success is thus essential to success.

My experience is as a scientist. That is a world in which I have had success. I have been successful there for the same reasons I will be successful in home business.

After just one week I have become more focused, more productive and have cleared away great piles of things left undone. I am beginning to understand that I have thought, erroneously, that massive action really is the key to success, and that all it takes is discipline and consistent action to reach the goals I have set. These things are taught by the wise men.

I Have Applied Massive Action

My experience with that has not been good. I have been disciplined and consistent and tenacious in the application of methods. But I am beginning to realize that I must first be disciplined and consistent in training my mind, nurturing the CAUSE, developing habits that serve me, before these important qualities can effortlessly bring me success.

Creating a new reality that will override the habits and experiences of my past life will require patience, discipline, persistence and FAITH.

I Am Progressing!

I am growing and feel inspired, invigorated and enthusiastic. At the same time I struggle, question and analyze. This is good. It’s all good.

I am surrendering, putting aside my ego and feeling less the need for approval of others. This latter is a conundrum for me.

How can it be that I, as a self-sufficient, independent individual, needs the approval of anyone for doing a thing as long as it does not detrimentally affect them? Perhaps it’s the weight of unnecessary experience and years of accumulated habits.

As I proceed with this Master Key Mastermind Alliance experience I will continue to grow and will discover the answer. Click the Button to start your journey.


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Terrence Neraasen

Just consider me a Boomer with no need or desire to retire. I'm constantly learning and striving for excellence. My passions are Family and the natural world to which I dedicate myself and all my efforts.

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Jaime - 2015-10-15

Great post Terry! Sounds like you’re well on your way to growing another branch on your olive tree. Here’s to doing what we love and never retiring!

    Terrence Neraasen - 2015-10-15

    Thank you Jaimie. I’ll hop on over to your blog soon. It’s quite an experience so far. The DMP process is awesome don’t you think?


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