“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier.

It’s so easy in this day and age to be impatient with success. Patience is definitely not a virtue that is a cultural norm in the USA in 2010. So, it’s really easy to think that we are failures if we don’t make a million dollars in 3 months like the Guru’s on the internet would have us believe.

Rather, success in business is much more like success for a farmer. The farmer knows that seeds need good soil, sunlight, water and weeding and time to grow into fruit bearing crops. Daily, the farmer works to tend those crops and a tiny seed can then produce food with hundreds of seeds.

So, each day for your business, work on it like it was your farm. So, if the seed is your business concept and a healthy crop is your successful potential, let’s look at what it will take for you to succeed.

Soil - Nourishment: Work here on making sure that your product or service is of high quality. Invest in yourself and the quality of your offerings. Do you need more education or to invest in a tool or program to improve your quality? An investment in yourself or your business up front can lead to higher quality outcomes down the road. If you short cut what you are doing, it will lead nowhere. You can’t plant weeds and reap healthy crops.

SunlightEncouragement: Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your mission. Let them shed warm sunshine of encouragement to give you energy for the work. Be sunshine for others as well. Business ownership is difficult and having support is a big factor in insuring that you make to the harvesting phase.

Water - Revitalization: Getting enough water is life or death for a plant. Water refreshes, revitalizes and brings health the plant. Activity, working your business is your water. If a farmer took a pitcher of water and dipped his fingers into that pitcher and flicked water on his plants every so many days, would that grow a healthy plant? Of course not. Not working on your business each day to bring in new customers is the same thing.

Weeding – Purging of Negativity: Weeds choke out the healthy crops. Have you ever noticed that weeds tend to like neglect? They grow quickly and out of control, just like negative thoughts can do. Don’t let negativity creep into your thought life because it will quickly kill off your business. And don’t surround yourself with negative people. Take those thoughts captive and you will weed your business garden.

Time – Patience: Can you imagine a farmer going out one day and planting some seeds and then one week later being disappointed that there was no crop? Success takes time. Work on your business and yourself every day. Measure your success by your effort and not by your income when your business is new. Activity leads to victory over time. Give yourself time.

Just like the farmer, there are seasons to a successful business. There is a time for planting, a time for sowing and a time for reaping. When you plant and sow properly, you will reap. It may take time, but stick with it, and you will harvest a crop of success in the proper time. And then, there will be more seeds!

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    Patty Sadallah has 29 years experience as an organization development consultant and executive coach. She is a Dream Partner Catalyst and coaches and consults entrepreneurs, small business owners, nonprofits and faith-based organizations toward by moving them toward their dream visions. Find out more about her coaching and consulting at http://www.PattySadallah.com/sq. She is also the Chapter President for the Northeast Ohio Christian Roundtables, a chapter of Truth at Work. It is a monthly advisory board roundtable of Christian leaders, equipping members to share their faith at work, grow their businesses and strengthen their walk with God. Learn more at http://www.NortheastOhioChristianRoundtables.com

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    14 Responses to “Grow your Business Like the Farmer”

    1. iain bryden says:

      Big things can grow from a little idea [ seed ] They can snowball

    2. Thomm Morgan says:

      Great post! I have long considered farming as an excellent metaphor for continuous improvement. There are always elements of circumstance and external environmental forces that prevent us from maximum yields. However, if we understand the principle of what you are saying, we would all do much better in business and life.

    3. Jessica says:

      Great article. Keep them coming!

    4. Omkar Nisal says:

      I love this analogy alot! i frequently have been sharing it with my friends and students.
      I also love to add Mangoes and Tomatoes in it!

      Mangoes and Tomatoes are both loved by people. Mangoes take more time to ripen.
      The tree itself takes more time to start bearing fruits than tomatoes.
      Baby mango plants need more nurturing and care than the baby tomato plants.
      it literally takes years for mangoes to appear.
      but Mango trees are sturdier than tomato plants, mangoes are loved more cuz they are sweeter.
      And the number of mangoes goes on increasing much more every year!

      Thats why I love to plant mango trees than tomatoes. Tomato trees being quick buck making businesses and mango trees being the strong and stable businesses.

      :)

      Happy Entrepreneurship !!!

    5. D.L. says:

      Wow,great post! This goes so well with the blog i just made yesterday,it is my very first blog ,but it’s called Faith of the farmer..lol….

    6. Ian says:

      I have used the farming in many ways in my business. Lately I have been looking at how farmers of old would not glean (or harvest) to the edge of the field, this would be left for the poor or for the next year’s crop. Too often we farm our ‘ground’ too hard such that we have sucked the life out of it such that there is little left to give for the next season; and most importantly we really have little control on what happens next except that we are always prepared by having’not gleaned to the edge of the field’.

    7. Jenny says:

      Great article and great comparison, I think what stands out most to me is both nuturing your business while it grow and then having the patience to wait for any rewards. I think so many people expect instantaneous results but it takes a lot of hard work and time. And if you compare it to something like farming you realise the amount of work and time you need to invest.
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