I’m a runner. (Or at least, I try to be.) It can be a surprisingly complex sport if you let it. I can bore you with my thoughts on pronation or VO2 Max if you’d like. Or instead, I can share two simple pieces of advice that helps me in running and in life.
1. Run the mile you’re in. Don’t think about the finish line. Don’t think about the big hill ahead. Just concentrate on where you are right now.
2. You’re only racing against yourself. Nothing will take you out of a race faster than casually judging other racers. Case in point, I ran my first half marathon this past Saturday. Around mile seven, I realized I was slowly catching up to a 9-year-old girl. I passed her but only finished a few minutes ahead of her. (She was faster than more than 550 of the 806 total runners that day.) Obsessing about who finishes just ahead of or behind you can quickly destroy an otherwise positive experience.
What does all of this have to do about farming? I’ve spoken with a lot of people this summer about farm technology, and I think this advice is translatable. Some farm technology can be intimidating. It can be hard to learn. Someone will always be a faster adopter than you. It’s important to take farm technology in stride and go at your own pace.
In that spirit, we started a Technology on the Move series last month that spreads across our Farm Journal, Top Producer and AgWeb properties. You can find helpful content, including news articles, blogs, polls, mobile app reviews and more right here. It’s our hope that whether you’re a tech junkie or just starting out, you’ll find some useful information.
The progress of farm technology has shown no indication of slowing down. If anything, it’s speeding up as more companies see agriculture as a lucrative industry. The next decade could bring unprecedented farming automation and integration. Several companies even have driverless tractors in development.
But you can keep up. Just run the mile you’re in.