“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” ~ Sun Tzu

“If you know the Way broadly you will see it in all things.” ~ Miyamoto Musashi

For those who have made it this far you may be thinking… “Ok, enough with the ancient Asian philosophers, how does that help me as a cattle producer in today’s world?” – Maybe we can redirect with something from a more modern. How about a quote from the world renown and loved American icon and cowboy Will Rodgers?  “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble. It’s what we know that ain’t so.”

As humans we all create paradigms (heuristics/ perceptions/ concepts/ thought patterns/ theories/ research methods/ postulates) through which we view the world. In order for us to make the best decisions for ourselves and our businesses, we must try to understand what are the factors that shape those decisions. 

While it may not seem incredibly insightful to point out that we all have unique personalities, it may not be self-evident to many agriculture  producers that we should spend time considering how it effects the relationships that we have in our businesses, families, and lives in general. It is often useful to be able to better understand our own tendencies, biases and personality traits, in addition to having a basic understanding of the traits we might not identify as strongly with so we can more effectively communicate with those around us. 

The first idea “Understanding Ourselves” differs from the additional (Understanding Environment/ Livestock/ Business) ideas in that;

The latter tend towards seeking knowledge, while the former seeks wisdom. (Knowledge is knowing what to say, wisdom is knowing when to say it.)

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