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Daily Nugget of Gold 2105

Daily Nugget of Gold 2105

Necessary Foundation

When we were in our last session, we were talking about using the imagination and thinking big, but we didn’t go into the why all that much- other than to talk about how most successful employers realize that they need to do this. The average Joe or Jane out there doesn’t understand the need to do this but there’s something that happens when we take a big, constructive dream and dwell on that and since we’ve been talking about planting or farming recently, we’ll put it in these terms. We’ll use one of our favorite seeds for this, an acorn. We like acorns, not just because we grew up near a mighty oak tree that produced hundreds of thousands of them for we kids to play with, but because of the fact that all mighty oaks get their start from a tiny acorn.

Inside the little acorn is the idea of what it could become. Still, many squirrels and other animals eat tremendous amounts of them. As kids, we tossed them around like small rocks. Your author, as a boy, was hit in the eye with one, and that did not make our mother happy as we had to board a train a few times and travel to the eye doctor to insure that the eye healed. Anyhow, getting back to the idea of the mighty oak which is encoded within the acorn, the seed has no choice in the matter, that’s the only thing it knows how to do. You’re different in that you get to choose the idea you wish build or become.

While almost all acorns out there don’t become oak trees, each one of them could, under the right conditions. If they are carried, or in our case, thrown far enough from the tree, and reach fertile soil, they can begin to grow. Cut open an acorn if you wish, you will not see the tree within. The tree in the acorn is not in physical form, it is merely an idea. When you implant an idea and nurture it with a burning desire to see it take place, you are ready for the magic that happens next, whether to the acorn or you, the process is exactly the same. The Law of Attraction takes over and attracts everything needed to build the big idea.

We should note that the acorn knows not how this works, it simply depends upon the fact that it does. You can depend upon the same law working for you, and you’d be wasting your time trying to figure out how the resources you need to turn your dream into a physical reality have or will come together. We aren’t capable of seeing exactly how this law operates, but we can depend upon it, just as the acorn can. Our job through all of this is to dwell on our idea, fall in love with it, and desire it with every fiber of our being. Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich described that as a “White heat of burning desire”. As ideas pop into our mind as to what to do, gut hunches, intuitive thoughts, etc., we are to act on them.

More on this next time.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“How can I keep a clear picture in my mind and build a white-heat of burning desire for it?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2104

Daily Nugget of Gold 2104

Bosses Get This

Okay, we spent much of our piece yesterday playing around and getting little done. We actually did that on purpose (or at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves today, ha ha). Seriously, while we were having fun, and also providing a bit of comic relief, we were also trying to make the point about having some fun at work, which is something we think good owners try and do. Our friend, The MN Millennial Farmer, Zach Johnson gets this. In his videos he shows that making work fun actually pays off in having an almost inexhaustible reserve of energy throughout the day, and tending to things that he can do while waiting for the time to be right to plant, till, or harvest. By seeing the work as challenging and funny when things go wrong, they get through the tough stuff more easily.

The other thing you can observe of any good boss is that they are always thinking big. Zach is always thinking of improving the operation so as to make it more productive, thinking of what needs they have that aren’t met yet, and anticipating possible snags and working around them. One thing they did on their farm was to add a huge liquid propane tank so they could purchase their fuel for the grain dryer in a more economical fashion. The tank insured that they could contract larger amounts to get a quantity discount.

In his book, The Magic of Thinking Big, author David Schwartz, PhD talked about how thinking big costs no more than thinking small. That’s a very important point. Bosses tend to be big thinkers, at least the good ones do. We look at this little (comparatively, if your talking about the amount of employees) farming operation here and we see several businesses being run simultaneously. You don’t exactly arrive at that point without thinking big. If you’re watching these videos Zach and his family are producing, do you see what we’re talking about?

Great business owners are used to naysayers. They don’t really concern themselves much about what most people think cannot be done, they’re more interested in finding a way that works, improving whatever can be improved, and using their imagination to see all of that clearly. The imagination is where it all begins. Most employees do their job. We’ve heard of a thing called “the great standoff”, which is employees do just enough work that they won’t get fired and bosses pay their employees just enough that they won’t quit. No operation or employee ever achieves greatness applying that formula, we figure, although mediocrity is available under such rules. Anyhow, thinking big just requires a bigger imagination. Walt Disney said, “Always remember, this all began with a dream… and a mouse” or something to that effect.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What is the one thing as a boss I must improve more than anything else?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2103

Daily Nugget of Gold 2103

A Marked Difference

The above title, we’d rather pronounce this “mark-ed” than “marked”, although both are likely correct. We don’t know why exactly, except maybe for emphasis. We once had an older English teacher, a kind gentlemen, say things like “we have the “em PHA sis on the wrong syl Ah ble.” Stuck in our heads, he’d have to be about 120 now so we’re pretty sure he’s gone, but just a shout out to him that we were thinking of him and the stuff he said stuck.

So what is this we’re talking about today? Only that there is a major difference in the mindset of an owner of a business and an employee. As we were thinking about this, however, we came to realize that we do know some owners of businesses that don’t treat their business as seriously as others from a personal standpoint. The unfortunate thing about that is they are destined to become employees again if they fall into this trap. Remember, as we color in this sketch for you, that there are always exceptions to the rule, and that explains why there are employees destined to become business owners and business owners destined to become mere employees, make sense?

We do love the fact as we, your author, walk about in our day to day life, (speaking of the English teacher, we’re driving him crazy with our “we based” syntax and writing style here) we are “always working” in that we are observing what others do. That’s research for us. What have we observed? Well it would be nice now that we’re halfway through this Nugget that we’d quit “goofing off” and get to it. We noticed that business owners as a matter of habit are always working. They find things that need to be done and do them. If something cannot be done at this moment, something they were counting on doing- they find something else. They do this easily and effortlessly.

A business owner is not shy about directing their staff to do something, either. They’re paying them, and having the staff stand idle doesn’t put any money in their pocket, in fact, it removes it- and in a hurry. It’s not to say that good business owners don’t take care of their people, they do- but they would rather see them working than not. For themselves, they act as if someone is directing them to get busy. Most employees don’t feel this way, they work and do what they are told to do, then often await instruction on what to do next once they’ve run out of things they were told to do.

There’s another, more important element to all of this we haven’t discussed, and you can pin that blame on your author if you like. We did actually purposefully save that for next time, it was planned. Hey! There’s a hint!

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What shall I work hardest on, myself or my job?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2102

Daily Nugget of Gold 2102

Lessons from Opportunism

Today’s society gives the idea of opportunism a negative connotation. Society often views someone taking advantages of opportunities as a person exploiting the misfortunes of others, as one way they see it. This is a very warped and often inaccurate way of seeing things. Let’s talk about one real world problem and a solution which came about as a result of it, a very effective one, at that. Mice and similar vermin have been a domestic problem for many, many years. There’s little to no argument that they can spread disease and they’ll definitely use and spoil a food supply. Unfortunately, they’ve become rather adept at cohabiting with us and find places to shelter just beyond our reach.

One day, someone invented the spring loaded mouse trap. We’re too lazy to do a search on the internet to find out who did it, but maybe you want to. In any case, it was obviously a huge help, provided they could be placed where young children and our pets couldn’t reach them. Before that, we probably utilized cats to take care of the problem, but now even people allergic to cats could have a fighting chance at mouse population control.

We don’t know, but we imagine that the inventor of that simple item would have probably become quite wealthy. While the solution they invented is often messy and disgusting, it’s effectiveness is praised by the well known phrase, “If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door”. Marketing people likely scoff at that, but you get the point.

Mice didn’t create the problem we had with them, they were just doing what they do best. That human suffering was being caused by their presence in our domestic realities was an opportunity. The person who invented the mousetrap was probably focused on fixing their own problems, but they likely quickly found their friends and neighbors begging for one for them. Today, there are such things as live traps and glue traps and probably 100 more. Still, the original can be found in any department store, dollar store, or supermarket.

When we find mice that our cats catch that are uninjured in the process (our cats are well fed, after all) we put them in our mouse aquarium for the cats to dream about while they watch them. We’re weird like that.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What can I do today with the opportunities life is always presenting me?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2101

Daily Nugget of Gold 2101

Organized Chaos

Well, there’s an oxymoron for you, don’t you think? We often look at what happens as some haphazard, thrown-together reality. What’s interesting is that nature allows for total chaos but from that comes organization and order in dependent fashion. Life is opportunistic in nature, meaning that the conditions at hand create opportunities which are taken advantage of by plants and animals alike. Some flourish under almost any conditions, while many do not. We look at this and often feel sorry for the losers. In many cases, plants and animals go extinct.

Comedian George Carlin once talked about this in one of his best routines talking about the huge amount of species that have gone extinct over the ages, and then he mused, “We didn’t kill them all”. What’s funny about the grain of truth that lies at the bottom of the humor here, we actually didn’t kill very many, compared to the vast amount that went by the wayside. It’s what makes that line funny, because people go around fretting that man is responsible for ridding the earth of so many species.

We think what happens is that humans imagine themselves going extinct, which could indeed happen. In fact, Carlin’s major theme in this routine is that we probably will. He assured us, the planet will likely “shake us off like a bad case of fleas, a surface nuisance.” Humans are the most adaptable species we know of, so we actually doubt Carlin’s right on this, but he does put things in a better perspective than a lot of people who dwell on our “ruining the planet”.

Nature seems cruel and chaotic but has the best suited species thriving for each climate. Some species, like us, are remarkably successful and adaptive to multiple climates, while others can thrive only in certain niches. Overall, the best thrive in any particular domain, and the weak go by the wayside. Sometimes climate changes (actually, over a long enough time frame, ALL climates change) and with those changes comes an opportunity to thrive even more or perhaps be killed off. All of that naturally occurs.

We can learn a lot by studying the planet and it’s various species, and some of the lessons we can apply to our own thinking, if we want to flourish.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What can I learn to do better as conditions change?”

For further study, here’s Carlin’s routine- (Warning, Adult Language):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W33HRc1A6c

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