Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message. This week I want to talk to you about persistence. We have focused on getting a plan together and putting action steps in place to reach our personal and business goals. That's the easy part! The challenge of doing anything worthwhile is being able to do what is necessary over and over and not giving up. This is the part that we must all focus on. Let’s put a plan together, action steps to achieve that plan, and let us all have the persistence to continuously work the plan day in and day out. This is what will get us to where we need to be...this is all we need to do to achieve big dreams!
Growing Good Corn
There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.
"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.
"Why sir," said the farmer," didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."
He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves.
So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.
WORDS TO LIVE BY...
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” - Napoleon Hill
“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” - Walter Bagehot
“The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense." - Thomas Edison
“When you're through changing, you're through.” - Bruce Barton
“We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye...the hand is the cutting edge of the mind.” - Jacob Bronowski
Let's make it the best week of the year! Nate