10 days of Gratitude; day 6, An Entrepreneurial Spirit
I have known so many people in my lifetime who worried about finding a job, worried about losing a job, and in general let the existence of a job control their lives.
Not I, I have always found employment, not from someone else but from within.
Always finding opportunities, always reinvesting my resources into the next venture, never letting someone else’s vision determine my future.
As a child, though I worked on my parents farm I always had a few head of cattle, pigs, and horses that I saved my pennies to buy, and sold at a good profit.
I had my trap lines and a few other little ventures all designed to put away enough money to get a start in college, or whatever other opportunity arose.
In college, I found opportunities with my new-found knowledge to create new ventures performing various timber stand improvement activities for nearby forest landowners, and providing employment for many of my fellow students.
Each job that I took during those years had much less to do with earning money, and much more with gaining knowledge, gaining resources for the next venture.
Unfortunately many in our nation have the idea that they must wait for someone else to provide them a job, must step forward to offer to rent their time, and many are disappointed when few are willing to hire them to spend time in their companies.
The smart ones realize that they should not be renting out the minutes of their lives, but rather putting money into their employers, or clients, pocket so that the employer or client can continue to put money into their pockets.
I like to hire farm kids, and the children of other entrepreneurs because most of them “get it”, they know that a harvest cannot be harvested unless it is first planted.
So Today I am Grateful for the lessons of a farmer, and always planting seeds for the future so that a good crop can be grown to keep myself and those around me moving forward.