I spent a part of my childhood on a farm. You quickly learn the law of the farm when you live on a farm. The law of the farm is simply that nature operates according to certain laws which you must understand and obey. If you do not, disaster awaits.
If you do not prepare the ground in the spring the crops will not grow. If you do not sow the seed at just the right time and just the right depth the crops will not grow. If you do not remove the weeds and water the crops they will not grow. If you do not harvest at just the right time you will lose your crop.
Farmers cannot cut corners. They cannot leave the work to the last day and to it all in a rush. They cannot lie about and then cram for the test the night before. Farmers must do what nature requires to be done when nature requires it to be done if they expect success. Failing to heed the law of nature for a farmer means failure.
The same is true for all of us. Life is full of farm-like laws. Success comes to those who work hard and do what has to be done when it has to be done. Success does not come from sloth, or from putting off to tomorrow what must be done today. Success does not come from shirking work or responsibility.
It does not matter if you wish to succeed in sports or in business, in raising a family or in farming. They all require dedication, hard work, consistent application, and intelligent work. They all require that you do what nature demands in the given circumstance.
People who learn the law of the farm and understand that life is driven by principles, everlasting principles that never change or fail are people who find success in life. Those who never learn this lesson are more often than not on the brink of failure in life.
If you did not have the advantage of living on the farm you can still learn the lesson that all farmers must learn. You must learn that there is a time for all things, that you must work hard and be dependable in your work to succeed.
If you doubt it, just ask a farmer.
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.