When you think about expensive, what exactly do you think about? Some think about a house, car, or possibly jewelry. Did a sentence ever cross your mind? I’ve heard tell of this “so called” most expensive sentence you can speak for some time now. What is that sentence? Simple – “I have always done it this way.” How is that sentence expensive? Don’t worry I am about to tell you!
I have always done it this way
If you say the sentence above that is an indicator that you are stuck in your ways or in a rut. “I have always done it this way” is not an acceptable answer to why you run your operation the way that you do. Just because something has always worked for you in the past does not automatically mean it will always work or even more importantly – it may not be the best way! If you make the decision to remain complacent be sure you are aware that everything around you will not. Other things that factor into your operation will most certainly change the commodity markets, input prices, or possibly political issues to just name a few.
It is important to re-examine the way you operate. Sit down with your books and take a hard look at what makes you money and what causes you to go in the red. If you are stuck on the logic of I have always planted X crop and just do it without really examining the numbers side of things you could be consistently losing money. You may be thinking – “I have never came up short in the past, so I must be doing everything right.” Wrong. What if you could be making even more profit if you took the time to see what changes you could make to better your operation.
You don’t have to take the “big” risk
Farming is not a new concept it has been around in some form since the beginning of time, just think of how far it has come! It did not get to where it is today by everyone taking the stance of always doing things the same way. As I have mentioned in the past you don’t have to take the “big” risk to better your operation. Something new does not necessarily mean something risky. Something new can be changing your current business model, achieving higher efficiency or scale, or finding a way to cut costs.
If you were to ask the most successful farmer or any type business owner for that matter how they became successful, I am 100% positive they would not say they kept doing things the same way. The answer will probably be close to this — They thought methodically about how their business was being ran and constantly thought about how to make it better.
In closing just take the time to think which motto applies to you:
Nothing can improve without change!
I have always done it this way!