Sorting Flowers from Weeds

Last Updated Oct 13, 2008 8:54 PM EDT

What say we give a horticultural metaphor a run round the block?

When we conceive new ideas and concepts we rarely know whether each will grow into a flower or a weed. It could grow, blossom and be beautiful, or it could spread and become a nuisance.

In the same way that every plant needs sunlight and water to really show itself, so our ideas and concepts need a degree of exposure if we are to make a judgement.

In some instances, far too much time can be spent dreaming, pondering and busying when it's patently clear that what's getting all this attention is a weed. No amount of nurture will turn a weed into a flower.

Similarly something that looks potentially attractive can turn out to be the opposite. What's important is that we recognise that point and be brave enough to pull it out of the ground and move on.

For that we need to set stages of measurement --- clear milestones where we stop, review what we see, compare that with what we expected and determine the next course of action.

Equally an idea we held out little hope for can flourish into something unexpectedly wonderful and it's worth remembering that one person's weed can be another person's flower.

So what are your observations and experiences when it comes to sorting the flowers from the weeds?

Post a comment and we can all get green fingers.

  • Robert Gerrish

    Robert Gerrish is a coach, author and professional speaker and the founder of Flying Solo (, the Australian online community for solo business owners.