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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.

How Do You Define Success?

Nov 22, 2011

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Recently, I had the privilege of meeting with Roger and Mary Dye of Pomeroy, Washington. The "AgDay" crew and I were there to film an episode of "Leave a Legacy TV."

Mary had written me to suggest that a "mom-and-pop" operation should be featured in the program. In her letter she wrote about succession planning, family communication and the future. "I realize that messy shops with equipment bound by duct tape and offices strewn with disaster don’t portray the image of success," she wrote.
 
If not, Mary, what does? Success is not a place; it’s not buildings, and machinery, and money. Success is a journey of discovery. It’s learning about self-reliance and independence. Success is the gradual realization of a dream. It is life on your terms, growing the operation and developing the skills that will translate into a rich life for you, and a legacy for your family.
 
News & Resources for You:
 
Prepare for a strong 2012 by joining us for a Legacy Workshop in December. Sign up now for events in Kansas City, Bloomington, and Memphis. (Or call 877-482-7203.)
 
Read about how one Michigan family is ensuring their legacy for the future.
 
Did you miss Wednesday's episode of "Leave a Legacy TV"?  If not, you can view it online now. (Watch for the Dye family story in January.)      
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