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A Recurring Theme For Success: Bloom Where You're Planted!

Bloom where you're planted: Mike in Tucson

Bloom where you're planted: Mike in TucsonBloom where you're planted!  (If you're a pessimist, move on.)

Compare and contrast the environment for two identical, thriving cacti. 

The little guy on the left has all the luck!  Of course it's doing well!  He sprouted where there's soil for his roots, shade from that bush on the right, and level ground to retain water from the monsoon rains.

The cactus above has none of that.  The only soil to nourish its roots is that which blows into the rock crevice during a dust storm.  Perched eight feet above the desert floor on barren rock, he has no shade from the scorching sun.  Nearly all the precious moisture that comes during the monsoon season runs off the rock face to the desert floor below, and is unavailble to the cactus.

Using only resources that are available, each has survived in its own environment.  Both are perfectly healthy.  Both are in bloom. Both will set seed and reproduce.  Both are secure.  And if those flowers are any measure, both are confident in their future.

Positive Results In A Negative Environment

Security and confidence are necessary to us as well.  They are nourishment and rain.  They are the underpinning that allows us to grow as business people and as individuals.

Here's a secret.  Neither security nor confidence come from our environment ~ from our economy.  If you're truthful with yourself, you'll agree that we live in a negative environment right now, much like that little cactus in the top photo.

Security and confidence come from action, from moving forward now on the things we CAN control, and refusing to worry about the things that are beyond our control.

Seth Godin, in his new book Linchpin, says this regarding attachment to things we can't control:

Spending even one [brain cycle] on a situation out of our control has a significant opportunity cost.  Your competition is busy allocating time to create the future, and you are stuck wishing the world was different.  We're attached to a certain view, a given outcome, and when it doesn't appear, we waste time mourning the world that we wanted that isn't here.

  1. Accept your situation. 
  2. Improve it. 
  3. Bloom where you're planted.


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Comment balloon 31 commentsMike Jones • August 12 2010 02:49PM


Mike, this is awesome and so incredibly true!  Hitting the suggest button now.  When people label themselves as "worriers" this is exactly their issue.  There is no such thing as "worry" when you deal with the things you can change and let go of the things you cannot change.

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago


I might have said "bloom where you find yourself!"

We could learn allot from that little plant.

I like the Seth Godin quote. Great advice.

What was the praer"

Loard, give me the strength to change what I can and the wisdom to accept what I can't.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

Acceptance and perseverance are the keys to success AND happiness - great post Mike!

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 10 years ago


It's the truth, isn't it?!


I like that prayer, and use it often!


Thanks for being the first to comment; see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

HI Mike - great post and photos to go along with the analogy.

Accept your situation. 
Improve it. 
Bloom where you're planted.

Indeed - suggest!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) about 10 years ago

Great pix, as usual Mike.  Thank you for constantly sending photos, and more importantly, inspiration.

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 10 years ago

Hello Mike, Ilike the title and it is amaziing how these plants can grow like this!

VB -)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 10 years ago

Hi Mike, The photo are wonderful but the story  is extra special. Enjoyed this a lot. Good message as well.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 10 years ago

Hi Mike, good point and some really cool photos, as usual.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 10 years ago
  • Accept your situation. 
  • Improve it. 
  • Bloom where you're planted.

    Posted by Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple (Coldwell Banker C&C Properties) about 10 years ago

    Chris & Maria,

    Thanks for saying so!  I'll see you on your blog.


    How's it going in the Great State of Texas?!  Thanks for stopping by.


    The country seems to be moving away from personal responsibility, and everything is a complaint for a lot of folks.  This little vignette is a "slice of life."  Thanks for commenting.

    Vegas Bob,

    Amazing.  It's true, isn't it?!


    It's my pleasure!


    Thanks for stopping by to comment.

    Mike in Tucson

    Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

    You are being extremely motivating today! Great post!

    Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago


    As much for myself as for anyone else.  :)

    Mike in Tucson

    Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

    Mike - I continue to be amazed at flowers that flourish in such harsh desert conditions.  I'm watering and fertiziling flowers here in Sacramento, that die before my very eyes.  I like the "bloom where your planted" theme.  Afterall, the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence. . .It's greener where you water!

    Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 10 years ago

    Mike - from what I know of your life growing up (I love reading all your blogs through the last years) you are a great person to learn motivation from!!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us!

    Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

    Bloom where you're planted is an excellent idea.  Years ago, Mary Engelbreit has several posters made with this theme.  Do you remember her ?  I always loved her work.

    Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 10 years ago

    Hi - That's actually a great title for a book - "Bloom where you are planted" you should copyright it!  I love this analogy and you know often people planted in the rock (when they get over being planted there) do so much more.  If everything comes easily why work hard but once you start working hard you don't stop!

    Posted by Todd and Danielle Millar, Sixteen years of excellence! (Glenn Simon Inc.) about 10 years ago

    Hi Mike!  Some days I feel like the little cactus and on others the big one.  I guess you just keep on plugging along. :o)

    Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 10 years ago


    Grandma used to say "Keep on keeping on!"

    Todd & Danielle,

    Too late.  Mary Englebreit and Joel Osteen beat me to it!  LOL

    Karen Anne,

    Speaking of Mary Englebreit...  My Darlin' has some of her calendars.  Good stuff!


    I need to be preaching this stuff to myself!  :)


    Reaching for that grass on the other side of the fence can get you stuck!  I used to have a photo of a cow with its head caught under the fence.  She was trying to get the grass on the other side, and her pasture was just lush with green grass!

    Mike in Tucson

    Mike in Tucson

    Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

    I love this!  The guy on the rock appears to have more flowers than the one on the ground.  

    Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

    My wise old grandmother gave me a garden are when I was but 11, and I turned it into a beautiful cactus garden. I fell in love with cactus when a friend took me to a cactus nursery and there laying in the bin -- no soil, no pot, just bare-root cactus -- was one that was blooming. I figured if it could bloom in the bin with no soil, there wouldn't be anything that I could do to it to keep it from growing and blooming for me. I was right.

    Posted by Not a real person about 10 years ago


    I've come to know a lot about your grandmother from your blog over the years.  Great story!


    I hadn't noticed that, and it's true!  Thanks for commenting.

    Mike in Tucson

    Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

    Good Morning Mike!

    I was admiring the photo of the turtle in last night's post when I saw the cactus photo and the title. I love it. I'm studying the Red Sea for my Bible study and it's about God placing us exactly where we are in this moment. Each of us expected to use this circumstance to give Him Glory. That little cactus is doing just that! Happy Sunday.

    Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 10 years ago

    Good morning, Connie!

    Happy Sunday to you, too. Email me your snail mail address through AR, and I'll send you the cactus photo.

    Mike in Tucson

    Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

    Bloom where you are planted is one of my favorite 'sayings.' It's  so true! P.S. Can you tell me how to get into my SOC account? Plan to go to a SOC meeting soon. ;-)

    Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 10 years ago

    Mike, what a great post and the content is so relevant to all we face. Love the analogy. I cannot imagine why this was not featured. Pusing that gold button....Made my day here!

    Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) about 10 years ago

    This just HAS to be a feature!  Love the connection of the dry spell we have all experienced with renewal and re-growth.  Right now we all need to be sowing seeds in order to gather the harvest later.  Awesome post!

    Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) about 10 years ago


    Thanks for the encouragement!  I'm sitting in a Starbucks in Oro Valley, AZ right now.  I've printed, (and carry with me) 8 1/2 x 11 color copies of the photo at the top, complete with the "Bloom Where You're Planted" text.  Two baristas were commiserating about their weekend, and when my turn in line came, one of them said "You're in the mortgage business, I see (logo on my shirt.)  You might as well chime in." 

    "I had a great weekend, and I'm looking forward to this week," I replied.  "Hang on for a minute.  I have something for you."  And I gave her a color copy of the photo.  Here's what just happened:

    1.  They loved it!

    2.  A customer in line said "I want to follow HIM around!

    3.  They posted the photo in their break room.

    4.  A barista just came over to my little corner where I'm blogging to say "Thank you!"

    5.  Everyone, myself included, got a smile and a new attitude at 8:00 in the morning.

    Attitude is contagious!  You have a GREAT DAY!


    THANK YOU!!!


    Where would we be apart from the grace of God?  Thanks for commenting.

    Mike in Tucson

    Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

    Mike - how kind of you to share your pictures! "Bloom where you're planted" "Love the one you're with" all good sentiments. :-)

    Posted by Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com, Learn to leverage technology to get more done. (770.498.7333) about 10 years ago

    GOOD MORNING MIKE!  I posted this photo on my Facebook business page because I like it so much!  And I gave you full credit.  And BTW - thank you for always trying to work with clients that are a "bloom" waiting to happen.  This last referral - they are good people! -- Gab

    Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) about 10 years ago

    There is so much we can learn from Mother and Father Nature if we'll just get away from YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

    Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 10 years ago

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