Friday With the Farmer’s Wife: A Fishing Pond and a Social Media Platform – Both Need Experts to Build

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The Farmer wanted to build a bigger pond on the property where we live.  The pond  in existence was approximately one-half acre and needed some major renovation.   Instead of just repairing the current pond, he decided to start completely over and build something much bigger and much better.  He has a vision of a huge three acre pond stocked with fish with a long pier extending into the water for the grandchildren to fish from.  This would mean that the current pond be drained and dredged before construction of the new pond was started.

The Farmer never considered doing the work himself.  He doesn’t have the time, the equipment or the expertise.  He said, “I know little about pond construction but I know someone who is the best of the best.  He is the one I want to build this pond.”   He reached out to the contractor, made the necessary arrangements and the work has begun.  Here is a picture of the pond currently under construction:

Several weeks ago, after reading Michael Hyatt’s new book, Platform, I made the decision to build a bigger social media platform.  My current platform is limited and it needs some major renovation.  Instead of repairing what I currently had, I knew I needed to “drain and dredge” to build a platform which would be much bigger and much better.

I never considered doing the work myself.  I do not have the time nor the expertise.  But, like the Farmer, I knew someone who I considered to be the best of the best in this field of social media.  I reached out to her with the details of what I wanted to build, made the necessary arrangements and the work has begun.  You may have noticed some changes in my blog site – it is currently “under construction”.

Both of these projects are important to us.  The Farmer has a vision of a great fishing pond and I have a vision of a huge social media platform.  We could have attempted the projects on our own.  But to do so, would  cost us in time, energy, and possibly even more money by taking our focus off of our businesses.

The benefits are huge when you make the decision to  hire professionals who are experts in areas in which you are not.  Whether it be a contractor for a pond or a social media coach for an expanded social media platform, it pays dividends to enlist the expertise of the best of the best.

What big project do you want to accomplish but need the help of an expert?

 

 

 

 

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  • Mike Giddens

    I am so guilty of trying to do things myself, rather than enlisting the help of a professional. As many times as I’ve have tried to do be an expert at something, whether it’s in my professional life or my personal life….I always end up spending three-times the time tryig to figure something out or even wosre, spending three-times the money! You would think I would have learned by now!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

      Mike, I am right with you on this. I try to see if I can do it first, now I do plan it before I start anything. I have learned alot from my misadventures as well.

  • Wendy Daniels

    It took me a lot of years to realize I could not do everything the way I wanted it to be done all by myself. I have learned while I like achieving things, it is still just as rewarding to have a vision, but sometimes allow others to help you reach it along the way. I look forward to seeing the progress on your pond….I see a fish fry in the future!

    • Louise Thaxton

      It takes a TEAM, Wendy! (and we are gonna love those fish frys!)

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      It takes a TEAM, Wendy! (and we are gonna love those fish frys!)

  • Sherri Roach

    I have met the “Farmer” a couple of times – unfortunatley – I really haven’t had the opportunity to really “visit with the Farmer” It sounds like the Farmer – also … has huge visions. Life is great!

    • Louise Thaxton

      Oh yeah, Sherri! The Farmer has a HUGE vision!

  • Tim Enochs

    You know what’s funny? My intent was to say: “You are a rock star Louise!” Then I saw Rebekah just said that… well Rebekah, if you don’t mind, I want to say it again… Louise, YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      I love it! But I have to tell you BOTH that I’m not really a rock star – I’m just the member of a ROCK BAND!

      • mike giddens

        a behind every rock star or rock band is a good crew of Roadies, i.e, Team Thaxton!

  • http://twitter.com/RebekahRadice Rebekah Radice

    You are a rock start Louise and an enormous inspiration to all of us to “go big or go home!” Thanks for all you do!!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Well, Rebekah, what can I say – I learn from some of the BEST!

  • Judy Carnline

    Knowing the Farmer and the Farmer’s wife, I predict a gorgeous functional pond and an exciting…might I say energized…new platform. Wishing you both success!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

      It’s good to know the Farmer and the Farmer’s wife.

      • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

        YEP!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Well, Judy, you know what it’s like to be the “Farmer’s Wife” also, don’t you! Thanks for your comment – and your friendship!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

    This is so great Louise. Many times we tend not to enlist the expertise of the best of the best as we think we can handle it ourselves. Even if we think we don’t have time or energy to do it, we will find a way to get it done. It all drives to one thing “PRIDE”. Don’t think if can’t do something that someone is going to look down on you for enlisting the help of someone else. Push the pride aside and enlist the expertise of the best of the best so it is done correctly the first time.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      You said it perfectly, Brian! Thanks for dropping by!