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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.

Decisions and Actions

Nov 06, 2009

Lou Holtz, arguably one of the greatest football coaches of our time, often says, “The only difference between the person you are today, and who you’ll be tomorrow, is the people you meet and the books you read.” Though I would never disagree with his football prowess, I do apply a little different slant to his aphorism. His point is well intended, yet not completely true.
To change, improve or grow, a person has to want to change. Events only become life altering when and if they leave an indelible impression on the heart, body or mind.
Meeting a person or reading a book has no intrinsic value to teach unless or until we are ready and willing to learn. A person must be so inclined, and then apply themselves. Reading is a simple act, interacting with the message and then applying the information into worthwhile lessons is the key. 
Consider this alternative. “The only difference between the person you are today, and who you’ll be tomorrow, is the decisions you make and the actions you take.”
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