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Become the expert before you start to grow

9 Nov

I had previously stated that the same skill sets used to grow a garden are the same as growing a business.  Let’s explore this thought.  But Growing a Business is many faceted. Where to start?

When I have a complex task, I use the “Eat a Elephant” method. Cut it up into small bites and eat it one piece at a time.

Just as in business and before anything happens, you have to become the expert and know all you can about your product, who is the market?, why will anyone buy it?, why at the price I can produce it for?, how do it reach the market,   etc.

Same with the plants you plan to plant.  How long is their growing season (really important in Northern Nevada), PH requirements of the soil, what plants do  well growing with and which do they not do well with, possible pests, sun and shade requirements to name just a few. The winter season gives the gardener time to become the expert. However so many people starting a business don’t take the necessary time to become the expert before they start. Becoming the expert while the business develops can be very costly.

So step one for attaining success in growing a garden or growing a business is becoming an expert for the task to be assumed.

Please share your thoughts.

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A call to arms . . . Where are the words?

18 Feb

These really are the times that try men’s souls. When Tom Paine wrote the immortal words that rallied the dispirited troops of our nascent country. His goal was to do just that: To bring the farmers and hunters and merchants of the new country a much-needed glimmer of hope in to face of an overwhelming British military machine.

Well, we all know what happened, don’t we?

The rag-tag Continental Army whipped the lobster-backed redcoats, and the greatest country on earth was on its way toward being born.

Where are the Tom Paines today? Where is the soaring rhetoric, the bold ideas, the improbable ideas that pulled the United States—kicking and screaming—to greatness?

We doing a lot of whining; we find ourselves looking for somebody to blame; we see the darkness and the abyss long before we realize that there is light all around us. This is the light that sustains; that allows us to grow and to prosper.

These are, indeed, the times that try men’s souls. Let us hope that we still possess souls to try.

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