You’re going to have your valley moments. You’re going to fail. You’re going to hit road blocks and delays. When those seasons come about and they will, just keep going. Keep watering that seed. Keep giving it good soil and sunshine. And just be patient. Have faith and believe in yourself and what’s to come

Today is a solo episode from your host, Stephen A. Hart.

Stephen A. Hart is the founder of Isles Media, LLC, and a Brand Alignment Strategist who guides busy entrepreneurs and leaders through a clear and proven process to build, market and grow their amazing personal brand.

Trailblazers.FM, is the #1 interview style podcast, hosted by Stephen A. Hart, that explores stories of today’s successful black professionals. The podcast has featured more than 150 black professionals and has been heard by more than 200,000 from 126 countries around the world.

Stephen is a dynamic speaker on the topics of personal branding, entrepreneurship, marketing and podcasting, and is part of the 2016 class of the Black Enterprise 100 Modern Men of Distinction. Stephen has also been featured on the home page of Apple Podcasts, Thrive Global, BET’s Centric TV, and

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  • How are you progressing toward your goals for this year? Are you keeping track with the goals and vision you had coming into the year? 
  • The first quarter of 2019 was the first time we had 3 consecutive 5 digit download months on Trailblazers.FM and we finished this quarter just shy of 40,000 downloads. That’s even more amazing because just a couple weeks ago we  crossed the 200,000 lifetime download mark. 
  • Though we’ve been around for 3 years, almost 20% of our lifetime downloads came from the last 3 months. I am being transparent about that today because it feels a lot like the parable of the Chinese bamboo tree. 
  • The parable of the Chinese Bamboo Tree teaches us lessons about patience, faith, perseverance, and our true potential as business professionals.
  • Like any plant, the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires water, fertile soil, and sunshine. 
  • In the first 4 years, the Chinese Bamboo Tree shows no visible signs of activity. 
  • There are times when you’re building a business or even if youre in corporate, where you’re working hard in silence and you’re putting in the work but you’re not seeing the return on your investment yet, you’re not seeing that promotion or growth in your business. Others will see you watering this seed of yours and ask what you’re doing? They’ll tell you you’re wasting time and demand you stop. And this often comes from those closest to you: your parents, your spouse, your kids. 
  • In the fifth year, the Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet (nearly 30m) in just six weeks!
  • Does the Chinese Bamboo Tree really grow 80 feet in six weeks? 
  • Was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system and a stable base thats strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?
  • We must grow a strong internal foundation first to be able to be prepared for whatever success will come. 
  • As quick as most of quick dollars' come in your front door, is as quick as they’ll go out the back. Don’t chase the overnight success.
  • Have a likkle faith. Trust God and His timing to help you along through those seasons of doubt that will surely come. Sometimes when you least expect it, is when you'll grow 80 ft in six weeks 
  • You’re going to have your valley moments. You’re going to fail. You’re going to hit road blocks and delays. When those seasons come about and they will, just keep going. Keep watering that seed. Keep giving it good soil and sunshine. And just be patient. Have faith and believe in yourself and what’s to come. 
  • Whether you’re listening to this and identify as an entrepreneur, a creative, a corporate professional, a non-profit leader or whatever work you’re doing, you must begin to exercise patience, faith, and perseverance, if you are ever to realize your true potential.
  • There are people who will come along side you. For me those people are a silent part of my foundation. They are the ones that helping me build this underground base. People like Shawn Dove and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, who have sponsored this podcast for 2 and a half years now. And so many others like Mike, Annette, TiffSouth, Minda, DK, Aimee J and my internal board of directors who check in on me day in and day out and encourage me and hold me accountable. 
  • Who are those people in your corner? Make sure you’re surrounding yourself with Champions. People who are a LOT smarter than you are and people who believe in you, beyond yo mama, and who can hold you accountable to your goals and give you sound advice and encourage you through those seasons when you not seeing the seed bear fruit or like the Chinese Bamboo tree, it won’t even break the soil. Those are the people who will stand along side you on the days where your doubt and fears are stronger than your belief, and they’ll make sure you go water your seed and not give in. 
  • If you’re standing with the seed and you’re afraid to plant it, don’t be
  • By not putting your seed of vision and hope in the ground, and beginning to nourish it, you will deprive the world of something God planted in you. 
  • The seeds you plant and nourish will give shade that allows other plants in your garden to grow up and bear fruit.
  • The grass is greener where you water it. 
  • Stop looking at someone else’s garden. Focus in, put on your blinders, and tend to what God has blessed you with. 


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