Archives For opportunity

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Quote by Thomas Edison on opportunity

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

Quote about optimism by Harry S. Truman

There’s an old saying that I hear at least once a year: “Make hay while the sun shines.”

Before farmers cut and rake hay (alfalfa, grass, red clover, etc.), they check the weather forecast to determine if they can get the hay “put up” before it rains. If you aren’t familiar with the process, it is best for hay to be cut, let the sun start drying it out, rake the hay (turn it over), let it dry a little more, then bale it and put it in storage before it gets rain on it.

Make Hay While the Sun Shines: John Deere tractor and round baler

Make Hay While the Sun Shines: Round bale of hay with tractor and baler | Photo by Ryan Eidson

Rain decreases the quality of the hay.

If it rains too much, the hay will spoil. You won’t have any to sell or to feed your livestock in the winter when the snow covers the ground.

Recognize the Season

Make hay while the sun shines applies to all of us. Continue Reading…

Do I have to?

Ryan Eidson  —  April 27, 2016

So many things in life, once you get that degree you may (or may not) hang up on your wall, are optional.

You don’t have to go to that party on Friday night.

You don’t have to wake up any earlier than required to clock in on time.

You don’t have to take the extra thirty seconds to give a smile and encouraging word to someone who has something to ask you today.

You don’t have to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Instead, you just get it changed every six months no matter how much you drove your car.

You don’t have to write down every cash purchase you make this month.

Yet, you get to.

You get to track all your expenses so that you and your spouse know where all your hard-earned money went.

You get to take care of your vehicles (and other possessions) so that they will last longer.

You get to create dynamic relationships and take risks to delight other people.

You get to bounce out of bed early to get a task (or two) done before breakfast and work.

You get to attend that event on Friday so that you’re more connected with what is happening around you.

It might not be required. It might not be on that test next Tuesday (because you left the classroom years ago). Yet, it still may be beneficial.