The majority of agribusiness owners I know just get on with the job, and get things done.
There are lots of instances where breakdowns happen out in the paddock, and resourcefulness comes to the fore - usually with the aid of whatever equipment is in the back of the ute at the time.
This can-do attitude doesn't permeate through all industries though.
Of late, I have been told that certain timelines can't be met, and it's impossible.
As the quote attributed to Henry Ford goes "if you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right".
In the case of the person I was talking to, they just put the shutters up and didn't even consider it might be possible to achieve a certain outcome.
In some ways that says a lot about the culture within that particular business. No one expects people to agree to unrealistic expectations, but people will respect those who give it a red hot go.
I just said to this person, that I didn't expect a miracle to happen, but at the same time, if you don't even try and do the impossible, it'll never happen. Without an attitude of not taking no for an answer, there would be a plethora of businesses that would never have progressed beyond an embryonic idea.
I know a few farmers that have achieved amazing things across a period of time.
Very few - if any - are overnight successes, but with vision, unbridled passion, and unshakable patience, amazing things have been achieved.
I have seen farmers that started from nothing that now have significant agricultural operations. A couple of these people I know really well, and I am so impressed with what they have done over time. There are always admirers watching silently from the sidelines.
A great attitude will get you places in all areas of life. It's relevant to lots of arenas - in business, personal life, or on the sporting field, it doesn't matter where it comes out really.
The mind will give up a long time before the body will. The power of the mind is much underestimated and underappreciated.
Elite sports people understand this concept exceptionally well, this is where the services of a life coach or sports psychologist comes into play.
Sometimes you have to play the long game to achieve your goals. As one of my best mates told me recently, it's not how many times you get knocked down that matters, but how many times you get back up.
As an aside, he has had a lot of success as a footy coach - the previous sentence gives an indication why.
An unwavering resolve will go a long way to achieving any goal in mind.
It's important to keep going and believe in what is being done. A side benefit will be the people influenced along the way.
You may never know how much you impact other people, but you will. Keep asking for what you want - you never know what will happen.
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