Running a successful farm can often come down to a simple matter of the right work ethic
'Do you see that man driving the school bus? He milked his cows this morning before setting off on his bus round. This evening he will again milk his cows after having done another round in his bus."
This observation got me thinking about the workers and slackers in our society.
It amazes me how much some people are able to pack into their day. Equally, others can fill their day with inaction. The latter will always have a reason for not doing something.
In our own individual cases there are days of progress and there are the wasted days. After a lifetime of visiting farms I would even suggest that the difference between the successful farmer and the rest is primarily down to the energy and work ethic. I guess that the same applies outside farming as well.
Isn't the proverb "if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it" very true? In theory, you should ask a person who seems to have a light workload to do the job. In practice the person who is busy, active, up and about, is more likely to deal with a task promptly than the person who is lazy, resting, taking a break etc.
Outside the farm in communities, whenever there is something to be done, it's the same people who get involved. Somebody gets a name for performing and they are asked to do more and more. They have also developed the skills, the knowledge and the contacts to get things done.
Once I asked a successful farmer businessman with several staff, including family, how he organised his time.
"I wake at about 6.30am. For the next half-hour I lie awake planning the day or even the week for each member of the team. Then I call the others to get them out of bed and give each his instructions," he explained.