Friday, April 5, 2013
The Man In My Window
How do we find our careers? How do we pay the bills? We've all got a story, I am sure. I wanted to be a "county agent" like Jim Wells or Al Rhonemus but the ag teaching job came up at Blanchester 42 years ago and I interviewed for it. I got that job, and the rest is history as they say.
I just wanted to farm. I just didn't have the guts or connections to do that. I had a degree and an opportunity. I could have built a farm that would sustain itself while teaching but never had the support to plan and do that. I guess I just didn't want it bad enough. I see young farmers asking every day, how do I start?
It is not easy to start and run a successful business. It takes a lot of character traits, some of which I am lacking. You need a solid partner who has the traits you lack. You must be able to get along and make good business decisions. Usually that is a woman for a businessman and you know the business is only as good as that woman. You can paint that anyway you want but it takes two for tango, at least for me.
I have seen many bachelor farmers do very well but I wouldn't trade my family for what they have. Family is important to me and surely enters into the business. You can paint that a lot of ways, too.
So what do you see in your window today? A person who can farm and grow things or a dedicated worker who needs direction and discipline? I think I was the latter guy in my early years and many young men are the same way.
That's where mentors come in. That was a popular blog but what's up with my Planter Is Worth More Than My Seed blog? Did that go viral? It has over 850 views! I have never had a blog get that many and none ever so fast!
Have a great day, it's a good day in southern Ohio to take out fence rows and cut up trees.