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Five Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned Growing Up On A Farm

“The ultimate goal of farm is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”—Masanobu Fukuoka

On July 31, 1951, I was born on a farm in a far away place called New Zealand. Today I run a Real Estate business in the heart of South America. For many years, I used to run away from my farm-life upbringing because I thought it had no place in business, but lately I’ve come to embrace my farm-boy ways as a competitive advantage.

Here are five lessons I learned on the farm: Here are five lessons I learned on the farm:
1)  Sometimes “Sunup to Sundown” Is What It Takes

Like clockwork, our family would wake up every morning with the sun, to the sound of our rooster crowing. The workday began immediately, with the collection of eggs from the chicken coop for breakfast. Then, after a full day of backbreaking work on the farm, we went home to do it all over again the next day. To a cow needing to be milked, there are no weekends, holidays, or personal days. A consistent level of hard work and dedication are a natural part of being a farmer.

In our business, some weeks take a Herculean level of work to stay afloat. Thankfully, it’s already a part of who I am. In our business, some weeks take a Herculean level of work to stay afloat. Thankfully, it’s already a part of who I am.
2) The Best Crops Take Time to Grow

Most crops are planted in the spring, and you don’t get to harvest until fall comes. In a world of instant gratification, patience is a virtue. A farmer knows that the best products take time to cultivate. Most crops are planted in the spring, and you don’t get to harvest until fall comes. In a world of instant gratification, patience is a virtue. A farmer knows that the best products take time to cultivate.

In the real estate business I run, it often takes months to close a deal. Lots of times people try to rush something that isn’t meant to be rushed. Patience in sales can lead to a wonderful yield. In the real estate business I run, it often takes months to close a deal. Lots of times people try to rush something that isn’t meant to be rushed. Patience in sales can lead to a wonderful yield.

3) We’re All in This Together

If you think taking care of your front yard is difficult, imagine multiplying that by 1000 and then throw a bunch of living, breathing animals into the mix. That’s what it’s like to manage a farm. It’s impossible to do it alone. Everyone relies on each other to make sure the whole farm is successful. Running a family farm is the ultimate team business, one in which the labor as well as the rewards are shared.

A core value in my current business is “Raise The Tide,” which means that we are all in this together. When we align our individual work to the greater good, we all win. A core value in my current business is “Raise The Tide,” which means that we are all in this together. When we align our individual work to the greater good, we all win.

4) Money Isn’t the Only Currency

Every year we brought one of our cows to the local butcher to process the meat for us — without the right equipment and skill, slaughtering cattle is almost impossible. We knew we couldn’t store or eat, a whole cow in a year, so instead of paying the butcher on a per-pound basis, which is typical, we’d give the butcher a third of the meat in exchange for his services.

In small farm towns, bartering is as almost as common as exchanging money, but it’s popular in many areas—the bartering market in the US is reportedly around $12 billion annually. At our company, I’m always looking at creative ways to do business with someone that doesn’t involve exchanging money and is a win-win for both sides.

5) Strategic Planning with the Farmers’ Almanac 5) Strategic Planning with the Farmers’ Almanac

Since the dawn of time, farmers have had to use the best tools available to manage their yields, whether it’s taking advantage of hedging (in the form of futures contracts), crop monitoring via satellites, tractors equipped with GPS, and other technology to maximize yields. Like all business-people, farmers need to be constantly looking into the future, strategizing, and calculating current resources against future needs.In our current business, we replace a weather report with a sales pipeline. This allows us a funnel of qualified leads that my team and I can consistently follow up with and transition into being our potential customers. In our current business, we replace a weather report with a sales pipeline. This allows us a funnel of qualified leads that my team and I can consistently follow up with and transition into being our potential customers.

By running towards my childhood instead of running from it, I’ve discovered so many wonderful life skills that pay dividends many times over as an entrepreneur.

Geoffrey McRae Geoffrey McRae
Founder of Gateway to South America Founder of Gateway to South America

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