Giving away your
most valuable seeds ...
A few years ago, there was story going around about a
farmer who won a particular category in the Nebraska
State Fair four years in a row, which is apparently
unheard of there.
The local newspaper sent a reporter to interview the
farmer to find out what he did to achieve such a feat.
The reporter asked, "What's your secret ? Do you have
any special corn seed ?"
The farmer replied, "Absolutely, I develop my very own
The reporter said, "Okay, so that's your secret - you
developed your very own corn seed ?"
And the farmer said, "No, not particularly."
The reporter exclaimed, "I don't understand. What's your
secret, then ?"
The farmer said, "Well, I'll tell you. I develop my own
seed, and then I give it to my neighbours …"
The reporter said, "Huh ? You develop your own seed,
and then give it to your neighbours ? Why would you do
The reporter was incredulous - why would anyone in his
right mind develop his own award-winning seed and then
just give it away ??
The farmer said, "You don't understand how corn is
pollinated. It's pollinated from neighboring fields, and
if you have fields around you that don't have
top-quality corn, then your own fields are not going to
grow top-quality corn.
But if my neighbours' fields have strong corn, then
I'll have awesome corn! That's how I won the
Nebraska State Fair four times in a row."
A story about the
of giving and sharing ...
From "Success From Home" magazine, Vol.4, Issue 10, Oct
2008, p109, Plus Publishing
A story about
the benefits of giving and sharing …
Even also giving away and sharing your most valuable
resources, competencies and assets ...
- and, knowing when to do it for mutual benefits.
- so, to consider for yourself ...
- ... in which environments your most valuable resources,
competencies and assets may add value and create mutual
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