So often in life we feel as though things are out of our control because we aren’t in a position of “power”.
But true power is never attained – it is earned; it is something that exists within your soul already. You exercise this power by taking risks; taking calculated leaps of faith & fighting for your mission.
Sometimes you lose – most of the time you will lose – learn to love it.
If you always get your way, you will never learn the truth. You’ll never learn the true mechanics of the world and learn what the market desires; in the end it is the market that dictates who/what wins.
Your losses & failures seem so ultimate in the Now – our society celebrates success as if it always happens overnight; instant gratification. And when success isn’t instantaneous, we want to quit. We want to protect ourselves from the insecurity & vulnerability we feel – or fear we will feel. On the plus side, nobody gives as much of a shit about your feelings as you do.
The other good news is that you have 60-100 years of life left (I’m planning on living to 132) to learn from those mistakes & to pivot towards a new path.
Your failure is never an end – it is a new beginning.
If your failure is a dead-end & you see it as your goal’s death, that is a problem with your perception, or maybe your ideas do suck!
How you react & refine it shows your faith in your mission, and more importantly, in your Self.
Give yourself permission to fail.
Failure is the only true path to success & victory because it shows how badly you want It. When you see success as “winning” and failure as “losing” – you lose! Life is not binary unless you want to limit the scope of your mind to that. In success there is room for improvement & in failure there are micro-victories to be celebrated – a little paradoxical, no? Well that’s life – confusing as hell & so complex that we will never fully understand the relationships that intertwine to form our reality.
Giving yourself permission to fail or succeed is the critical component in the equation of life. And if you think of it as an equation, that may be the perfect analogy.
What you want could be the product, sum, or difference & the rest of the equation’s components are in your hands – and then it is algebra from there.
My equation looks something like this:
[Blogx+3Instagramx+YouTubex+(15CSA+add-on products)-Excuses-TimeWaste]² = Greenhouse Grower / Farmer
In other words, I know that I need to produce content on my Blog weekly, post at least 3 times a day on Instagram, create a weekly YouTube video, build up my CSA (veggie box subscription), and when I take that to an exponential level – I will be on the way to attaining my goals. I’m constantly tweaking that equation with different approaches. When I slip on one platform, then I know I need to increase activity on another in order to balance the equation. And as I fail, I learn – as I succeed, I learn & seek to replicate that or fabricate new ways to succeed further.
Your goals are only crazy if you follow them blindly. If you continue to see your ideas/thoughts/desires surface – maybe there’s something there. If they continue to fail, what is poking holes in your theory? Study its credence & eliminate its influence if you still feel as strongly.
I LOVE telling people that I’m going to be a farmer because I see the smirk, I see the doubt, I see the almost-condescending attitude pouring from them. But I also know the truth of the economics, and more importantly, I know the truth of my passion.
Most people love their cushy office jobs, but I love nature & I love work. I remember helping my parents mulch our house when I was about 8-10 years old and just loving the fact that I was sweating my ass off, working hard in the hot Ohio summer – that is the difference – I love what other people fear or avoid. And on the academic side – I seek to understand as widely & deeply as possible. When you can combine an academic mind with a body that loves work – you have a farmer.
Whether I succeed in the end depends on my short-term actions that map to my long-term goals. Today I start with 15 people who have subscribed to our Garden-Fresh Veggie Boxes, but just a couple years ago I couldn’t even manage to supply myself with enough produce!
The moral of this rant is to chase down your dreams until you catch them. Fear of Failure is the 1 thing that will deter you initially. But what is worse: to try & then fail? or to not try & never know the outcome?
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This post so resonates with me – as I’m transitioning from a cushy IT job into permaculture consulting and urban / market garden farming (and seeing people smirk or question my sanity). I love this statement: “When you can combine an academic mind with a body that loves work – you have a farmer.” You just have to keep learning and also not be afraid to put in the hard yards. Well done on your CSA growth!
Thanks so much, I’m glad it resonated with you! It is tough to battle with people’s misconceptions of your passions, but I say keep doing what you love and it’ll all work out in the end
It is elementary, yet genius, to plug requirements for success into an equation. More people need to stand above their problems and issues and look down on them in this remote way, and assess their struggles from a logical view. This technique is a great guideline. I hope others cue in on this and benefit from it. Thanks for helping.
Wow, I am so humbled by that – thank you for sharing. I’m glad that it brought you value and helped you out 🙏
Much appreciated! 😁