The Power of One: Gediminas Tower

As mentioned in my blog, all of the insights and information provided come from real life experiences in the fields of marketing and sales and personal development. These experiences apart from the professional career and encounters, also happen on the daily world, and if you look closely you will see that everywhere you look, everywhere you go, there is a lesson to be learned.

This happened to be the case on my last visit to beautiful Vilnius (Lithuania). Having a stroll through the city, I came to gaze upon a hill, a majestic tower standing tall, right in the heart of the city. You couldn’t miss it. This was the Gediminas Tower, originally constructed in 1409 for the Grand Duke Vytautas, and then again rebuilt in 1933 by Polish Architect Jan Borrowski. It truly is a must see landmark. Unfortunately in recent years the city (administrative body) has cut off all of the trees and plantation of the slopes of the hill, in order to make the tower more visible to the public due to its symbolic significance, despite environmentalist specialists advising them against it.

In 2012, against all warnings, the cutting off all of the surrounding trees (maple trees) proceeded. The results were devastating and as predicted. With no trees (roots) to hold the soil, the hill has given way in recent years, resulting in the tower to be on the verge of collapsing. The tower is now naked at the mercy of the environment, weather conditions, ground shifting, and the city has ever since been hopelessly trying to secure and restore the damage.

Picture this now: This tower is YOU! You have built yourself up with knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, hard work and you can now stand tall and proud at what you have become and where you are at, the top of the hill ! The trees are your network. This includes your family, close friends, peers, in a pyramid hierarchy with family being at the base of that cliff.

No matter how tall you stand, how majestic and powerful you appear to be, if those trees are cut off, you will be exposed and vulnerable. Exposed to circumstances beyond your control, and vulnerable to malice and bad intentions. The sad thing is that a lot of people do it voluntarily. They intentionally cut off their trees, their network, their family, their friends. I have seen people in my life, and I’m sure you have seen too, who will turn down any form of help, even help from their closest people who only have their best intentions at heart. “I don’t need your help”/ “Get out of here” /”I’ll do it on my own” are the common phrases you will hear.

Having a network of people around you who are willing to help you, advise you, provide you with an extra option, who genuinely care about you is by no stretch of the imagination a disadvantage. If you have people like these in your life, even just one, count your blessings ! They hold together the ground on which you can built, stand and grow.

Cut them off and see what happens. Be your own Gediminas Tower, ready to crumble. Don’t alienate yourself ! Be your own Tower, and appreciate the trees that surround you for it is them that make the ground you stand on stable, and lastly, don’t forget that you are a tree at someone else’s cliff too!

I hope you have found this topic interesting and useful. What do you think about it? All feedback and comments are welcomed.

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