Cultivating for Success!


There was a farmer in Eastern Michigan who had won “The Best Corn Award” at State Fairs four years in a row.

This was unheard of, so the local news media wanted to interview him.

The reporter asked, “What is your secret?” “Where did you get this special seed from?”

The farmer said,  ““I developed it” after years of farming, I developed a type of seed that will produce award-winning crops.  You now see the fruits of my nurturing.”

The reporter asked, “are you going to share it with your neighbors?”

The farmer said, “Absolutely!”

The reporter taken aback asked, “Why in the world would you share your award winning corn seed with your neighbors?”

The farmer said, “Well, you’ve got to understand how corn is pollinated. “

“It’s pollinated from neighboring fields.  And if you’ve got fields around you that don’t have this top-quality corn, your field is not going to grow top-quality corn either.”

“So if my neighbors’ fields grow really strong corn, I will have awesome corn.  And that’s how I’ve won the “Best Corn Award” for the last four years.

The moral:

Cultivate business partners.  Build communities. Surround yourself with people that are motivated, creative, and enthusiastic,

nurture and develop them to be their very best, inspire them and all those around you, have good business sense and share for then you will reap a bountiful harvest.

Guest Blogger:  Mother Mae I

and HRMexplorer

Resource:  Givers Gain (The BNI Story)

Picture: http://www.balispecial.com/images/balinese-people.gif

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Posted on January 16, 2012, in HRMexplorer Blogs and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I love this story. We can help others without taking away from ourselves. This is a true business and life lesson.

  2. Thank you for sharing. Not to many people in your position are so gracious. Your article was very poignant and understandable. It helped me to understand very clearly. Thank you for your help.

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