Young adults have so much energy for fun but not for school. I know, such an obvious statement but that’s just the truth. The number of times I hear “I am so tired” on a weekday cannot be counted. During the weekend it’s like some strange magic occurs and the tiredness of the week just disappears.
For those of you that are wondering what I’m talking about, It’s youthful exuberance. Here’s an example if you’re confused. You know that feeling you get when you are off to college and you are very far away from your parents and you can’t wait because every weekend is going to be a party!! Yeah….I hate when I come across it.Why do you need to party all the time and stay out late? I just don’t understand. Why do you need to smoke weed, get intoxicated and “turn up”? I don’t get it. When I come back from classes all I want to do is just do my assignment, eat, watch a little tv and sleep early because if I don’t get my eight hours I won’t be able to function the next day. And TGIF? Ha! My definition of that is so different than most of you. Yes! Thank God it’s Friday. I don’t have to wake up early, I don’t have to shower early, I don’t have to brush, (if I don’t want to, please be rest assured I brush my teeth), I don’t have to see anybody, I can catch up on my shows, recharge my social battery and if I’m feeling it, I can call a friend and we can go see a movie. Why do you need to smoke weed or drink to get high? Have you seen kids? They are always high! They don’t stop ever! Why do we now need weed or alcohol to reach that point of being high all of a sudden? I can get high and “turn up” without weed or alcohol. Not that I’ll ever try it because the thought of going to a party with lots of sweaty bodies rubbing up on me. Ugh. Have you seen college parties? Animals! That’s what they remind me of! Or smoking because you are trying to get “warm”. I don’t remember smoking when I was seven because I was cold. If you smoked when you were a child to get warm, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Oh Gosh, I sound judgemental. I am not, honestly, I just seriously want to understand what all this is about. Sure, I may seem like a loser with no social life to some people. Well, if that’s the case I wear my loser badge proudly! (Underneath my cloak of invisibility). Then again, these are just my ramblings. Stay blessed and stay fresh.
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– (Guest blogger) Mietei Ikoli
IMAGE CREDIT: Langara Fishing Adventures
I’m sure many of you can still recall the youthful exuberance and optimism you embodied when you entered the cattle business. It all seemed like one, big wonderful opportunity back then – with everything just waiting to be grasped. The key to taking advantage of those opportunities was straightforward back in those days – just use your brain and outwork everybody.
Applied knowledge and work ethic undoubtedly did play a tremendous role in our success, but with age also comes a little cynicism. What’s also needed to complement that hard work and applied intellect is timing.
As I get older, the successes seem to come more often. Part of that can be explained by more experience, but luck is a part of it, too. The difference today vs. when I was young is that I simply have more resources and perspective to take advantage of those random opportunities.
“Outliers: The Story Of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell, is one of the books that truly changed my outlook in life. It confirmed the value of practice, work, etc., but it also pointed out the importance of timing and circumstances.
Fortunes will be made and lost in the cattle industry over the next 18 months, and a lot of it has to do with Mother Nature and outside factors. In this environment, two people can make the same decisions and take similar actions, but one may be mightily rewarded, while the other will not.
At first, this realization of the importance of timing and circumstances was a great letdown to me. It somewhat destroyed my conviction that just working harder and smarter was enough. Over time, however, this realization has helped me create a new perspective.
For example, there were times when I was essentially making a decision that was akin to my hoping to become a professional basketball player. While hard work, good coaching, etc., will undoubtedly help me reach that goal, the fact that I’m middle-aged and barely stand 5 ft., 10 in. are bigger determining factors.
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Now, I’m learning that the optimism of my younger days was well-founded, but it has to be applied to the right opportunities; the key to our success is picking the right opportunities at the right time. For example, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs made the right decision to get involved in computers when they did. A couple of similarly bright, hardworking young people making a similar decision today may build themselves a good living, but they likely won’t become billionaires.
Honestly, many of us in the industry have tended to make decisions on what activities to engage in based more on what we wanted to do – and then trying our best to make it work – than really evaluating the opportunity those activities represent. Our goal now is to spend more time focusing on the right opportunities, and not just the execution. The bottom line is that execution will always be important, but we need to change our focus toward ensuring that we are executing on the right things.
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