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RSS By: Kevin Spafford, Legacy Project

Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

Bravado, Moxie and Success

Apr 16, 2009

Not one to fawn over the famous, but this obituary caught my attention. To be included in the ‘Remembrances’ section of the Wall Street Journal is a big deal. To warrant a quarter page, is a testament to the profile of that particular person. James G. Boswell, II was just such a character. He exemplified many of the traits we admire in great leaders. He was a trend setter, he was fearless, he had a big vision and he took action. To be the biggest at anything garners attention; to do it in farming, in agriculturally rich, environmentally predisposed, water-challenged California, and without a lot of fanfare is quite another.

As you may surmise from my columns, I am possessed with an abiding fascination for the visions, decisions and the actions of wildly successful bootstrapreneurs, and farmers. Bootstrapreneurs are those swaggering entrepreneurs with the confidence and capability to create a successful business venture – a life altering affair complete with raving fans and commendable results. They face daunting odds and biased critics, but nothing is ever created without some untoward envy. Bootstrapreneurs are driven with a bravado to change the world, and they mold an enterprise based on their sense of purpose.  

Farmers are the quintessential family business owners...

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