Information Overload

I have barely a shred of mechanical know-how.  My childhood consisted of a great deal of four wheelers and dirt bikes on which my friends and I terrorized the countryside, but when breakdowns occurred the repair work was always entrusted to someone who had the gift of vehicular prowess.

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Moving Target

Have you ever watched a group of chickens chasing a grasshopper?  It’s a chaotic event. There is squabbling and pushing and shoving all taking place in the midst of constant, rapid movement as the flock pursues their prey.

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Goals

Goals are quite possibly one of the most underrated success strategies known to man.  Too often we spend our lives so focused on the day-to-day and the minute-to-minute tasks that we forget to take a look around and actually figure out where we want to go.

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An Edge over Normal

The sound, obviously emanating from a bovine of relatively young age, stopped me in my tracks.  Gina and I were strolling through Garmish, Germany, completely engulfed in the beauty of the town framed by mountains in the background when our ears picked up the familiar bellow.

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Psycological Barriers

The bull was standing not fifteen feet in front of us.  He’s a solid chunk of grass powered muscle and I was chattering away about the fact, rattling off pedigree information and reporting on previous calf crops sired by the beast currently subjected to our scrutiny.

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Pioneer Species

Several years ago I was visiting a friend’s farm to observe his cattle grazing operation and ask a few questions.  During our walk through the fields we came upon a plot that featured quite a good deal of ragweed growing among the desired vegetation. 

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Time Management

Time management.  I'm reminded on a regular basis that the skills I possess in this field are horrendous.  Such an observation usually makes its way to the surface when I have overbooked myself and I'm spouting off my temper about how someone needs to figure out a 30 hour day and an eight day week. 

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People aren't PLANTS

I can well remember a Penn State horticulture professor’s regular classroom emphasis of his fascination with plants.  “Any living organism with roots,” he would say, “cannot get up and run away when conditions become unfavorable. 

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Public Perception

It was fall 2017, and I was standing near the stables on a beautiful plantation along the Ashleigh River in Charleston, South Carolina.  My wife and I were attending the wedding of a friend of hers, and I found myself in the company of young men and women enjoying careers in the medical field.

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