The moso is a bamboo plant that grows in China and the far east. After the moso is planted, no visible growth occurs for up to five years – event under ideal conditions!
Then, as if by magic, it suddenly begins growing at the rate of nearly two and one half feet per day, reaching a full height of ninety feet within six weeks.
But it’s not magic. The moso’s rapid growth is due to the miles of roots it develops during those first five years, five years of getting ready.
BY JOEL WELDON, “The Sower’s Seeds”
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- At 13, actress, director and producer Jodie Foster wrote and directed a short movie called The Hands of Time.
- At 13, Bobby Fischer winning chess championships.
- At 14, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the ﬁrst athlete in Olympic history to achieve a perfect 10.
- At 48, Susan Boyle performed at a reality show “Britain’s got talent” and became famous with the song: “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables.
- At 58, Sony chairman Akio Morita introduced the Sony Walkman, an idea no one seemed to like at the time.
- At 61, Charles Cagniard de la Tour, a French doctor, demonstrated that fermentation depends upon yeast cells.
- At 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the ﬁrst volume of his fantasy series, “Lord of the rings”.
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- At 66, Noah Webster completed his monumental “American Dictionary of the English Language.”
- At 69, Canadian Ed Whitlock of Milton, Ontario, Canada, became the oldest person to run a standard marathon in under three hours (2:52:47).
- At 71, Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest.
- At 76, In 1994, (almost 76), Mandela was elected president of South Africa in the first election that was open to all races in that country’s history [source: BBC News]. On his 80th birthday he married his third wife Graca Machel.
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- At 88, Michelangelo created the architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
- At 90, Marc Chagall became the ﬁrst living artist to be exhibited at the Louvre museum.
- At 95, Nola Ochs became the oldest person to receive a college diploma.
- At 96, Harry Bernstein published his ﬁrst book, ” The invisible wall”, three years after he started writing to cope with loneliness after his wife of 70 years, Ruby, passed away.
- At 99, Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji.
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BUSINESS INSIDER, Dan Waldschmidt, Edgy Conversations . 2014. This List Proves You’re Never Too Old To Do Something Amazing. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.businessinsider.com/100-amazing-accomplishments-achieved-at-every-age-2014-3. [Accessed 19 August 2016].