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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.

The Forge of Experience

Jul 22, 2008
Legacy by Design is intensely focused on providing solutions to the most puzzling aspects of long-term business success. The elements of a comprehensive succession plan provide a path to attainment. We spend a great deal of time discovering an owner’s intentions, mapping a pathway to achievement, planning the actions and implementing the strategies for multigenerational success. Legacy by Design’s mode of operation serves as the petri dish for experientially learning many of the key aspects to building a business bigger than self.
 
We have been challenged lately by what I coyly dismiss as ‘growing pains.’ I often think, “Learn from the incident, record the lesson and move on more prepared.” In moments of extreme struggle, I remind myself that, “The forge of experience strengthens the mettle of man for more intense challenges.”
 
For objective reassurance, sound motivation and as a simple reminder of purpose, I always refer to James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh. For those unfamiliar, James Allen was an author of philosophical prose in the late 1800’s. He wrote 19 books during his nine year literary career, including his most acknowledged work As a Man Thinketh.
 
The other day, in a moment of despair, I reassured myself by repeating the following quote. 
 
“To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.”
 
Allen’s reassuring voice could not have come at a more opportune time. I sat and studied the words, repeating them over and over to myself. As I read, and reread, the paragraph my thoughts turned to an eternal question, “Can a person control patterns of thinking, create the right mental attitude, and develop the habits of success?”  >>
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