Leave a Legacy
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.
Live Big Inside
Jul 17, 2012
From Legacy Moment (07/13/2012).
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There's a sticky note that's been taped to my daughter's bedroom door for so long I forget it's there. So I was taken by surprise when a recent house guest came downstairs repeating, "Live big inside." He was impressed that a young lady might be so moved by a simple saying that she'd tape it to her door. As we enjoyed a cup of coffee and watched the morning come up, he explained the value of repeating aphorisms.
He said, "Self-talk is key to success and a tool to learning." He went on to explain, "Simple words, phrases and cliches repeated on a regular basis plant the seeds of achievement in your mind. Your subconscious responds to the positive and negative impulses it hears in self-talk." It was an engaging conversation, and the perfect complement to the coffee, but I wasn't aware how the topic began.
Then our house guest asked when Sara [my daughter, now a college graduate] taped the sticky note to her bedroom door. I thought for a moment. Sara? Sticky note? Bedroom door? I was clueless. After a moment's thought, I realized what he was referring to. When my daughter was in high school, a friend of hers gave her a bug in a jar to complete a science project. To make sure no one opened the jar, this friend put a note on the lid that read, "Live bug inside." Sara, thinking the note was a fun "warning" for anyone who might dare to enter her room, taped it to the door and it's been there ever since.
We both got a great chuckle from the irony of the conversation, yet I walked away repeating the misreading he originally thought was so insightful, "Live big inside."
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