Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational speaker who can cover the topic of the “Law of the Harvest” and how you reap what you sow in life at your next business event. Contact us to check availability. The full transcript of the above video is included below.


Full Video Transcript:

Hi and welcome to another edition of Strategic Business Insights. Today we’re going to talk about the law of the harvest. The law of the harvest – this is one of my favorite kind of motifs, ways of looking at the world. Because the world can be frustrating, life can be difficult, business can be difficult, but at the end of the day you do reap what you sow. The harvest cannot be prevented. What you nurture will grow. That’s the primary thesis right there.

Here’s the thing: You can’t control the grow, but you can control the nurture. What you nurture will grow. Sometimes it takes time. Maybe the growth at the beginning—things almost always happen in an exponential way. Things almost always start out slow, and then they pick up steam later on. That first part is difficult. It’s challenging. It’s really hard to see that and go through it and wait and wait and wait, but at the end of the day things pick up steam and then they get momentum. That’s the law of the harvest: You do reap what you sow.

Now, are you in the July of your harvest, the hot summer months? That’s like the hardest part of the harvest process – not the process, but the process of growing and nurturing something. It’s the July, right? Stick with it. Keep pushing. Keep nurturing. Because the harvest will come. The harvest cannot be prevented. It will come eventually.

There’s a great story out there about the Chinese bamboo tree, and maybe you’ve heard about this before, I’m not sure. I love this story. So the Chinese bamboo tree apparently, and you can look it up on Google and find all the specifics, but apparently you plant a seed and you water it and you nurture it and you see nothing for the first year. And you keep nurturing and you keep watering and you keep taking care of it, and you see nothing for the second year – two years. You see nothing for three years, four years, even five years. Nothing will happen. It will never even break the surface. But in the sixth year, Chinese bamboo tree can grow as much as 90 feet and it can happen in no time at all. In a single year, the thing can grow 90 feet tall. So you reap what you sow. It takes time, and it’s a great analogy for life and the challenges of business, the challenges of life. But if you keep nurturing, keep taking care of it, keep watering that seed, eventually it’s going to pick up steam and it’s going to take off, and all of a sudden you’re going to think, “Man, how did this take off so quickly?”

The same thing is true with everything you do. It’s even true with the videos that I’m doing on YouTube. At the beginning, it was so slow and no one was watching them, but then it starts to pick up and it starts to go and you start to see it. And it’s still the early phases, but I started to see that start to take off. It’s the law of the harvest. The harvest cannot be prevented. Don’t focus on the growing, focus on the nurturing, and over time it’s going to pick up steam and you’re going to get what you’re owed. It’s going to come your way.

Thanks for watching this video. My name is Patrick, reminding you as always to think bigger about your business, think bigger about your life.

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a keynote speaker who has spoken at business conferences in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.