It is unusual that the Oregon Duck football team would end up on this blog. Well sort of. The owners are both alum from the University of Oregon. And one in particular, is a football fan.
The recent accent of the Oregon Football team finishing the 2010 season with a perfect 12-0 record has a lot of people talking around the country. And it has people talking about bamboo. There's the connection.
Water the Bamboo Center for Leadership was started by Greg Bell, basketball player, attorney, entrepreneur. Greg developed the concept of Watering the Bamboo.
The idea is quite simple, really.
"Water The Bamboo is a metaphor to remind us that all great success takes time and work. When you water giant timber bamboo in the first year, you see nothing. In the second year, you still see no results. In the third year, you see nothing still. In the fourth year, it will suddenly rocket 90 feet in just 60 days! Bamboo farmers know you need to water the bamboo a long time before you see any sign of success."
Whether it is life or whether it is football, you just gotta keep watering the bamboo. You have to keep working. That hard work, perseverance, and patience, lead to success. In football terms, this years success team has been years in the making.
Here, Coach Chip Kelly talks about Watering the Bamboo -
The intersect is an interesting one. Particularly since, bamboo requires relatively little water to grow mighty and strong. The metaphor is not lost. Patience and perseverance pay off. Good luck Oregon. Bring home the championship. GO DUCKS!