Growth doesn’t follow a simple path

During a Friday night walk in the Venice Canals, this tree caught my eye.  I stood there staring at it for a minute, thinking about its history.  Sure, it's a little cheesy, but this tree has a lot in common with small businesses.

Clearly, the tree started out like any other tree.  Somewhere along its journey, it took a huge turn.  Growth along that path was strong until it came to an abrupt end.  Somehow, the tree continued reaching for the sky, and today stands strong and beautiful.

Business growth doesn't usually follow a simple path.  It twists and bends as lessons are learned, much like the history of this tree.  Don't give up.  Beauty can be created out of chaos.