It Takes Ten Years to Grow Trees and a Hundred Years to Nurture Talents
This alludes to the long time it takes for a tree to grow, yet even longer time it takes to nurture talents. The implications are twofold: first, identifying and bring up talents has long-term significance for the development of a country and a society; second, nurturing talents should be an undertaking pursued with strategic vision, sustained efforts and according to a comprehensive plan.
- 一年之计，莫如树谷；十年之计，莫如树木；终身之计，莫如树人。一树一获者，谷也；一树十获者，木也；一树百获者，人也 （《管子·权修》）
When planning for a year, there is nothing like growing crops; when planning for a decade, there is nothing like planting trees; when planning for a lifetime, there is nothing like nurturing talents. When you grow crops, you get one harvest; when you plant trees, you get a tenfold harvest; when you nurture talents, you get a hundredfold harvest. (Guanzi)