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  • Writer's pictureRick Hern

Saving for a rainy day

Some of my fondest memories as a child came from spending time at my grandparent’s home in Junction City, Kansas. I can remember every square inch of the place. The big oak tree in the front yard, the concrete retaining wall that bordered one side of the house, which I found myself traversing almost every day, and my grandpa’s camp trailer bordering the other. To me it was paradise, but essentially, it was a simple home. It had everything you could need to live life to its fullest without all the fluff.

The 70’s plush shag carpet, the dish of M&M’s that always sat on the table, the black panther statue sitting on top of the TV console with green eyes that followed you as you moved across the living room, the air conditioner humming in the background, and of course grandmas beef stew cooking in the kitchen. All of it is as vivid as ever to me. To me, my grandparents’ house represents the good ‘ole days, days of a bygone era. A time when the average American lived simply and holistically rather than with tons of technology and complete dependence on the outside world.

In fact, one thing I can remember my grandparents being passionate about was their garden. To me, it was huge. Full of every veggie you can imagine, tomatoes, beans, peppers—everything. They used the garden to supply and prepare for the winter months in Kansas by canning their vegetables in advance. While most of us today would consider this frugality, it was to them a way of life. Of course, it did not hurt that they went through the Great Depression in the 1920’s. A time when the country clung to what they could grow through their garden in order to survive.

While it was a different time, today we can learn from the way our grandparents lived. Not just in our personal lives but also in our business. What we hold on to and what we store away defines what we hold close and what we believe in. Of course, what we do hold on to might not always be the most important. We need to sort out what we need to conserve as well as what we need to accelerate for the coming seasons. Do you have enough of the resources in your company like investment capital, productive personnel and/or streams of customers? In fact, I suggest asking yourself what you need to stash or store away as well as what areas you can invest and stockpile for the future.

Is there an area of your business or personal life where you need to create memories, abundance and significance?

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