The Urban Farmer: Going For It and Failing Above Other Peoples’ Heads (FSFS69)

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Whenever you do something why are you doing it?

Are you doing it because that something is pulling you towards it, is it the opposite, are you forcing yourself to do something and pushing yourself towards it.

There’s a big difference there. And depending on the answer to that question, it mean the difference between doing big things and setting out to do big things, but never really getting anywhere.

To further explain this concept I turn to the brilliant personal development specialist Anthony Robbins…

“I think you have to have something larger than yourself that you are after because [otherwise] you will let your fear dominate you. But if you have something—your children, your mom, your dad, a friend, a mission—something you want to do that really pulls you [the fear disappears]. Because push never lasts. ‘Push’ motivation is I’m going to make myself do that. You can do that for a while, but you are eventually going to [regress]. When you are pulled toward something larger than yourself, you’ll make the sacrifices; you’ll do what’s necessary because it’s not just about you. I really believe life supports what supports more of life.”

This is what we are focusing on today. It’s a loose conversation based around this idea of push and pull. And finding something that meakes it easy to choose to be great. Something that you feel compelled to do, and you feel off when you aren’t doing it.

When you hear about someone like Curtis putting in a ton of hours working in the farm, and you think, why does he work so much, you are missing the point, because maybe that thing that you think is work isn’t work after all…

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2 replies on “The Urban Farmer: Going For It and Failing Above Other Peoples’ Heads (FSFS69)

  • JOHN

    This message was very different than the usual episode. It was also very timely as I am taking my farm to the next level . Thanks for all you guys do. And keep thinking outside of the box!!!!

  • Chris Harrison

    Just wanted to say that although I haven’t listened to this episode yet, the Anthony Robbins quote is PURE GOLD! I just did a garden design and install at a friend’s house this weekend, and I literally worked until I couldn’t see anymore and just about every muscle in my upper body was cramping up from digging all day long — but at no time did it really feel like work. I contrast this with getting up to go to my engineering gig this Monday morning, which was characterized by thinking, “F—, I don’t want to go to work today,” as soon as my alarm went off around 4:30 AM.

    I’ve realized for a while that I’ll never be “great” in the corporate engineering world because it just doesn’t speak to a purpose bigger than me, while the path of working within permaculture, although filled with a lot more uncertainty, offers much more of an opportunity to do great things because I’m constantly running toward it of my own accord.


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