by Asim Jalis
There are two opposing principles in nature: the animal principle
and the plant principle.
Plants are lazy, passive, but also the ultimate effectuators.
Plants leverage their current position for whatever it's worth.
This strategy backfires, for example in a forest fire. But it
seems to work reasonably well most of the time.
Plants operate under a strange wisdom that seems counterintuitive
to the animal mind. They don't understand the zero sum game of
attack and defense. Their whole existence is centered around
Plants are entrepreneurial. They do tiny amounts of work. They
take advantage of opportunities that arise near them. But, of
course, only those opportunities that are accessible. Plants
firmly believe the world they are in is the best. The grass is
greener right here.
Plants have a weird strategy for survival. They are neither
offensive nor particularly defensive. Trees passively let
themselves be chopped down. It is rather amazing that something
so passive, so helpless can survive and even thrive? They do this
of course through forming symbiotic relationships with the
environment around them and by effectuating.
Entrepreneurship is about being like a plant. There is a plant
principle which works with the animal principle. Success is a
result of a kind of mingling of the two.