Friday With the Farmer’s Wife – Love What You Do and Do What You Love

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“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: ‘Love. They must do it for love.'”

In the book, “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek, the author’s goal is simple:   “To help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work”.  Imagine this for a moment:  You love what you do every day.  Maybe you have heard it said  “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life”.  Why?  Because your work is your calling – it is what you were created to do.   You would do the work you do for free if you had to or could afford to  because you love  it that much.  You do what you love and you love what you do.

The Farmer is a good example of this.  Farming is not a job, it is a way of life.   This love of farming was passed down to him from his father.    Wendell Berry said it well in the quote above and continued below:

“Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live.

“If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.”  Wendell BerryBringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food

I also am blessed to be able to do what I love – and I love what I do.    I love having  the opportunity to lead a national  initiative, the American Warrior Initiative, for my company,  which was developed to inspire, encourage and educate Americans on how to work with veterans and active duty military with excellence.  Also just  being present at 18 events where 18 American heroes and their families received a mortgage free home – no words for this.     Last but certainly not least – training and teaching thousands of real estate agents and mortgage professionals on the challenges facing our men and women coming home from war and reintegration into society – this is fulfillment for me.

Neither the Farmer nor I have the luxury of working for free – we need the incomes from our businesses!  But, when you can do what you love and love what you do – AND GET PAID?  Well, it doesn’t get any better than that.

What about you?  Do you do what you love and love what you do?  If not, why not?  

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