So Much Hay
This week has been great. I came into this job with an open mind, and although I would like to say that this was my conscious way of looking at life, the truth is that my mind was open because I didn't know anything. I didn't know the first thing about farming, much less baling hay. That has all changed. The other interns and I have been driving the tractor non-stop this past week or so, and it has paid off. I actually found it to be quite peaceful driving the tractor, and I think the AC inside the cab has a lot to do with that. We just finished cutting and raking a field close to the farm, and baling is our next task. I have never done baling before, and I'm super psyched to learn it.
Willie always tells us to get 1% better every day. That's the motto. If I were only going to listen to a single thing all summer while I'm on the farm, it had better be that I need to get 1% better every day. I feel like this past week was a great week for that. On Monday, I went on deliveries with Willie up in the Prosper-Allen area, and it was fantastic. This was the first day that I got to drive and meet customers in person, and this was good for me because I'm that type of guy. I want to look at the person I'm talking to. I feel that made me 1% or even 2% better that day because now the customers and I have started our relationship, and there's no downside to a familiar face when a problem comes up.
I have also been reading Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount. There was one great quote in the book that stood out to me. It's a quote by Dale Carnegie, and it goes like this: "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." That really spoke to me. At the beginning of my G Farms experience, I had no earthly clue what to do or what to expect. Just a week ago, I had no idea how to rake hay. But after going in the tractor with Willie, it all came together. Sometimes you need a friend to push you to jump in the deep end, and you will get wet, but you will come out knowing how to swim.