The Daffodil Principle

Yellow Daffodil FlowersThis has been around for a while, but it never gets old.

It fits right in with another priceless principle I hear about a lot — The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson. Little things done consistently, day after day, have a far greater result than we would ever expect when we set out.

I particularly like the way Sanja has put it together, with text interspersed with daffodils. Very effective, and easy to read.

Note: Disregard the arrows at the bottom of the box. I got it from a site where members post slide shows, but this one is not a slide show. The whole thing is in that little box, and all you have to do is scroll down within the box. You may have to wait a bit for the rest of it to load.

The Daffodil Principle
~ by Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards


“It makes me sad in a way,” said the mother to her daughter. “What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five years ago and had worked away at it ‘one bulb at a time’ through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!”

And the daughter replies, “Start tomorrow.”

Is there one thing you wish you had started and built on years ago? One goal you would love to have achieved by now? It’s never too late to start. Start tomorrow!

Or, better still as my friend Helen Lo reminded me…

Start Today!!


© Willena Flewelling


  1. I have seen this story many times in various forms over the last couple of months. I think the universe is telling me to start my goals already! Thanks for sharing.
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  2. What a wonderful, wonderful story. Daffodils are my favourite flower and now every time I see them I will think of this story. Thank you so much.
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  3. What an incredibly powerful and inspiring message Willena!

    It’s still rather hard to believe isn’t it?

    Not that’s what you call dedication and vision!
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    • It is hard to believe, Mark. Just as it’s hard to believe that if you receive a penny on day 1, 2 on day 2, 4 on day 3, 8 on day 4… doubling the amount each day to day 31 — you will have well over $1,000,000.00!! Incredible but true!
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  4. Hi Willena,

    No, it is never too late to start, just start 🙂 I do wish I had made a more firmer choice years ago when my kids were young to buy a winnebago and just travel, but I am going to do that now, better late then never……the same goes for my online blogging, I am so glad I never quit when I first started online I just kept going and have gotten better and better with time 🙂

    Great share!!
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  5. Better late than never… true dat! And think of how much enjoyment you will get out of that Winnebago NOW. 🙂
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  6. When you take small steps over the long term you allow yourself to reach places that are not possible in the short term.

    It is easy to forget what matters in the long term and just bumble through each day. If you don’t take steps toward those long term goals though you really limit what is possible. But if you plan ahead the amount you can accomplish and the happiness you can create for yourself are exceptional.
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