“Seeds in a seed vault lose their vitality. The only way to protect a seed is to plant and grow that seed.”

– Jack Alexander, The Reimagine Group

National Dudley on Planting Seed

Jack’s talk at Lifework Leadership was so great, he made the book twice.

Halfway between Norway and the North Pole sits a seed vault populated with many of the world’s oldest seeds. The idea is that if we make a mistake or have a catastrophic natural event, then we’d have original specimens to plant and restart society.

But the researchers found that many seeds lose vitality sitting in a frozen vault.

Nature is like that. Want to get stronger? You have to tear the fibers through exercise—become richer—first. Want to get richer? You have to put the money/effort out—become poorer—first.

Our gifts are like that. Hide them in a vault and they diminish. But put them to use. Stretch them so far that they tear apart and what grows out of it is a bounty beyond what a small seed could ever produce.

Can you think of a time that giving something resulted in a harvest?

Bryant Cornett

“The golden rule is for wimps. Love requires more.”

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I’ve learned that courage is doing something even though I am afraid.