Strategic Positioning–Taking the Long View | Extraordinary Business

Avoid getting so tripped up by the present that you lose sight of the future

A_Dominican_Farmer_UofM_fan_by_LakeFX - The long or strategic view

I admire farmers. Just about everything they do, from purchasing livestock to planting seed requires a combination of vision for the future, faith and commitment to see it through.

What makes it more amazing is that despite the number of things that could go wrong, from bad weather to insects to poor seed or livestock quality, they resolve to push beyond the risks to do what they do, every day.

I remember when I was a child, my mother had a vegetable garden where she grew tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans a a few other things. One year, despite everything she did, the garden simply did not produce to the level that she expected. If the garden was our livelihood that could have meant that things would be very rough for us.

What happens when you are a farmer with hundreds of acres of crops and you have a poor season? What if one year, you lose an entire crop and end up having to turn it over only to start over again the following year? Do you give up? Do you stand around and point the finger? Or do you do your homework, figure out what changed and resolve to ensure it is fixed by next year’s growing season?

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