My grandmother had lots of “little quotes”. While growing up we used to wait for her to produce one of her favourites before pulling her leg about it. We never really understood that she was instilling her values in to us, her grandchildren, in her own gentle, non-intrusive, way.
A few days ago I came across an old Chinese Proverb, one that, to the best of my recollection, my grandmother had never quoted. The proverb was:
“If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.”
Of course, this is exactly what my grandmother was doing, growing people; growing her grandchildren.
I like to think that we have all, my brothers, sister and me, learnt from these lessons. We are, after all, healthy, well-balanced and settled in our family lives. The most important test, however, is to check that we are passing this on to those around us so that the seeds we plant in their minds help them to grow and flourish.
I see my children and their families flourishing and I am privileged to lead a team of highly talented people at Axispoint. I see them every day helping and guiding each other. I see my values reflected in the team and the culture we have built. I am proud and I know that my grandmother would be proud because they were her values too.