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Opportunity does abound if the mind allows for it

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By Holly Martin

It was a rainy day—gloomy and dreary and the sun hadn’t been seen for a while. Maybe that’s the reason that the farmer said it. Or maybe he didn’t get very much sleep the night before because he’d been up calving heifers. Or maybe he was just a grouch.

Whatever the reason, we were discussing a farming practice that is common in some parts of the country and is rarely seen where he lives.

His eyebrows drew together in a scowl and he looked at me and said, “That won’t work here! I don’t even know why anyone would try it!”

Well, OK then. We moved on to happier topics. But later, I couldn’t help but think about the conversation.

I have no idea what led the gentlemen to say such a thing. Had he tried it and failed? Has their been research supporting his attitude? Had he listened to his grouchy neighbors? Or was he simply afraid to try it?

But I suspect he just didn’t want to try it. Often I think we write off ideas before we even consider them.

As a general rule, I think the younger we are, the more likely we are to be willing to try something new. While that’s not always the case, I think as we age and add life experiences to our knowledge base, it’s pretty hard to ignore things that didn’t go well. And truth be known—we shouldn’t ignore those difficulties because they keep us from making the same mistakes over and over.

But to me, it’s all a balancing act—in life, you must be willing to take what you know and be willing to explore new opportunities. Times change. Farm equipment has become more advanced, enabling things that weren’t possible even 10 years ago. Seed and herbicide technology has advanced. Research continues to find new and better ways of doing the same old thing.

Be willing to embrace those ideas and keep an open mind. It reminds me of a quote I saw the other day: “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.”

A positive attitude won’t change the facts, but it might allow you to find an opportunity you didn’t know existed.

Holly Martin can be reached by phone at 1-800-452-7171, ext. 1806, or by email at hmartin@hpj.com.

Date: 1/27/2014



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