A Case of the “Parable of the Sower”
The ” parable of the sower” is attributed to Jesus and it can be found in the bible (Mathew chapter 13 verses 3 to 8). It reads as follows:
“ A farmer went out to saw his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprung up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scotched and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Jesus, later on in the passage, explains what this parable means. The seed is the message about the Kingdom of God and the places where it lands is our human heart. Jesus further elaborates that our inability to have an in-depth understanding of the message, leads to it being snatched by the devil, scotched by the troubles in the world and choked by the worries and deceitfulness of wealth.
Application of the parable of the sower to my positioning in the digital economy
Disclaimer: This application is purely my use of the analogy and does not in any way insinuate anything beyond the explanation given.
I take it that my entry into the digital economy is like a seed. It has landed wherever it has landed. Now it is up to me to decide where this is.
The hard path:
The path is an avenue for many things, but it is certainly not a place where seeds can grow …
Initially soft, maybe even having rich soil, but after consistently being trodden by passer byes, becomes hard and unable to nurture growth.
In life, including life in the digital space, painful past experiences, can harden the heart and this sometimes results in skepticism … and even cynicism. People have been lied to and some even swindled in the digital market. It is therefore important to do due diligence before signing up for any online business opportunity. Also, once one has made the decision to engage, it is useful to be aware that the cynics, like the birds in the parable, are still hovering around.
Skepticism – as the hard path in the digital market
It is not lost to my attention that Jesus says lack of in-depth knowledge is the direct inability to be able to absorb the message of the Kingdom of Heaven. Yes, we could be skeptical and this, being a natural self defense mechanism, is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it would be a pity if we lose out on magical life experiences simply because we are afraid.
I was skeptical for a long time … and probably would still be … if it were not for the nurturing persistence of a person I now call a friend. By diligently sharing factual information and his experiences in the digital economy, he ensured that I gained enough knowledge to make the decision to sign up for an online business opportunity. (See my post: “How I made the Decision to enter into the Digital Economy”)
From where I stand, the word “digital” represent an unfamiliar world and in the past, I have even described myself as “technologically challenged” in this area. The same applies to economy. I have never really tried to pursue wealth as such and my earning trajectory plateaued many years ago.
Well … this is about to change…
In a future blog, I will write about my new perception of the digital economy and how I can leverage technology to transform my capacity to earn. Meanwhile, I have positioned myself to acquire the best knowledge and skills that a digital marketing mastery course has to offer.
The rocky ground:
This could be as hard, if not harder, than a well-trodden path. However, because it has the opportunity to have some alone time, some dust can settle on a rock. This can become a layer of soil deep enough to sustain the germination of a seed. But the nutrients needed by the young plant are not available in the shallow layer of soil. For growth to be sustainable, deep roots are essential.
Getting deep roots in the digital economy
In the digital market, the thin layer of soil over a rock could be the initial excitement of a new business opportunity … and maybe even driven by the possibility of a get rich quick scheme. This can be powerful enough to germinate the seed and could have some immediate gratification seeing a young shoot with the potential of growing into a full blown tree.
In his explanation of the parable of the sower, Jesus talks of “troubles of the world” as the rocks that may prevent the germinated seed from growing further. These, I imagine, would also exist in the digital space.
So … How do I position myself to circumvent the rocks?
… By learning from the masters …
Positioning to get coaching, mentor ship and mastermind experiences in the digital economy
Together with acquiring knowledge about aspects of the digital economy such as affiliate marketing and e-commerce, I think it is also important to acquire skills that can help one navigate the way through. This is why, going forward, I have positioned myself to do just that.
In the online business that I have enrolled in, there is 1-2-1 coaching, mentor ship and mastermind experiences that would enable me to learn from people who have excelled in the digital arena.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus explains that the thorns that choke the message are the worries, anxiety and the deceitfulness of material wealth.
A lot of these worries are based on our egos desire to gain … yes … to reap from what we have sown … and sometimes … even from what we have not sown …
Positioning to give Value in the digital economy
I therefore, want to position myself from a place of giving value. This way, I just share the best of what I have (my experience) and do not worry about how you perceive it and/or what you decide to do with it.
The Value of Mindset in the digital economy
Even after being clear about my intentions, I realize that I can still be overcome my worries and anxieties. These, I have learnt, mainly come from concentrating on the experiences of the past or the plans of the future. If and when I focus on the present, I get a sense of peace and well-being that enables me to do whatever I need to do.
“The Now” is “a Gift”, that is why it is called “Present”.
It is my desire to accept this gift and thrive in its power.
How do I do this?
Well … I consider myself to be a seeker and over the years I have read many books in an attempt to understand my life experiences. These are:
- “The Power of Now” by Erchart Tolle;
- “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankle;
- “The Road Less Traveled” by Scott Peck;
- “The Alchemist” by Paul Coelo
- “ASK and it Shall be Given” by Easter, Jerry and Abrahm Hicks;
- “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
- “The Untethered Soul” and “The Surrender Experiment” by Michael Singer”;
- “The Power of Vulnerability” and “Daring Bravely” by Brene Brown;
- “Becoming Supernatural” by Joe Dispenza
- and many more …
These books continue to shape my mind-set and now (thanks to the digital space) they are easily available in formats that I can easily listen to even as I go on with my daily activities.
Specifically for my digital business, I am happy to say I have positioned myself to be among people with a similar mind-set. “You become the average of the 5 closest people in your life” is a well-known fact in life and I have chosen to be deliberate with who I hung out with.
Furthermore, these people (my business colleagues), use digital platforms to share their knowledge skills and life experiences. They are also generous with their time and attention and would not hesitate to reach out and help a colleague in need. What a community! I have found my tribe …
The good soil:
Soil, in it’s nature, is a mysterious and baffling substance to me. It could be considered dirt, in many instances, yet, it nurtures life! The food we eat and even the quality of the air we breathe, is produced and sustained by soil.
The process of germination, photosynthesis, flowering, pollination, and fruit production is all a miracle. We cannot even begin to fathom how it happens. Despite the mystery, we know that with the right soil, the seed will eventually grow into a plant that flowers and bears fruits.
In a way, the internet is also a miracle. The technology is revolutionary and the human connection possible, surpasses anything we could ever have dreamed of even just twenty years ago.
That I am living in this era … is truly an honor and a privilege.
Now, how do I position myself to thrive in this mysterious, miraculous environment of the digital economy? …
… Honestly, I am not sure that I know … and/or … that it’s even up to me …
What I know however, is that the Divine Intelligence, that transforms a seed into a tree, exist and, as Erchart Tolle says: “We are here to enable the Divine Purpose of the universe to unfold … ”
In my positioning, I have avoided the path, the rocks and the thorns. The good soil is the default and I am in it.
… The rest … The Divine Intelligence will Unfold.