Congrats you made it! Take a deep breath and reflect. It does not matter if you are graduating from High School or College, the journey has not been a short one. When you are handed your diploma rejoice, you’ve accomplished your goal.
Which brings me to my first bit of advice- That piece of paper does not define you. You’re just getting started it doesn’t matter if you are the head of the class or the bottom, your actions from here are what will make you.
People are going to tell you that these are/were the “best years of your life” don’t let that be the case. Sure life for many is a lot easier when you aren’t in the “real world” I mean who is a fan of bills and not doing what you want all the time but that doesn’t mean you should settle. Make every day great, only you can do this for yourself. Others will help but in the end it’s up to you.
You’re going to get your heart broken. This may have happened to you by now it may never happen but it’s probably going to and that’s ok. It is a much bigger deal to you at the time than it is in the grand scheme of things. Move along and if it is meant to be it will be, the best way to kill a relationship is to smother it. Plants need air and light to grow and so do relationships. There is a reason it hurts and that is because there were good parts, never forget the good it will be there again in some form with the one you’re meant to be with.
Good things happen to good people. Hold the door for folks. Say thank you. Smile. Be genuine. There is a reason the Golden Rule is the first thing that you are taught in Bible school, it’s the most important and fundamental part of living a good life.
People that you look up to will disappoint you. People are flawed and there are going to be times that people that you hold in high regard will let you down. Remember the good things that you look up to them for and emulate them. Learn from the way that they disappointed you and do not make the same mistakes.
Shut Up. I’m sure you have a lot to contribute, if you’re doing it right you are around smart people- learn from them. Keep your pie hole shut and listen. You’ll learn when it is your time to contribute.
You’re very smart. You are only going to get smarter. The best way to alienate people and not succeed is trying to show people how smart you are.
Be humble. There is no need to brag. Your work will speak for itself. Telling people how hard you are working will only induce eye rolls. The Facebook “on this day” feature has shown me how off I was on this subject, no one cares how many hours you are working because they are busting their butt too.
Show up. You will not be included if you don’t show up. Also be on time. If you have a meeting and you make someone wait there is no excuse that will get you back in their good graces for that meeting. The only thing worse than being late is not showing up.
You don’t need to drink all the alcohol. My dad told me many times that you don’t have to drink all the whiskey they will bottle more tomorrow. At the time I’m pretty sure I thought I was simply helping create demand. Try not to be excessive, it sure seems fun at the time but you have a long life ahead and cutting it short for a good time isn’t worth it.
Find something you love, if you can’t monetize it find a way to do it. You might be working at a job that isn’t your “dream job” and that’s ok most people aren’t. Don’t forget your dream, chase it, just don’t hurt yourself or others to get there.
Evolve. Think of yourself as constantly changing and evolving. Just because you feel one way about something doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind. Learn and grow every single day.
Have fun. You only get to live once try to do things right and have a blast doing it.
I’m far from a wise old man but I would like to think that if I had read this post when I was 18 I could have avoided some mistakes. Ahh who am I kidding 18-25 year olds don’t listen to advice, in fact I’m sure that if I had read this in that age range I would have laughed it all off. Hopefully some of y’all are smarter than myself. I hope I can look back at this in the years to come and laugh and say I didn’t have a clue because that will mean I’ve gotten better. I put Vol. 1 in the title for this very reason, I hope the advice I will give in the future will evolve as I do.
The 2016 edition of the Iowa Beef Expo was one of our best yet. When the final gavel hit we ended up with the high selling female and the bull headed to a good home. Throughout the week Rolo had many friends and we are very appreciative of the compliments. We feel she is the best we’ve had to date and can’t wait to watch her grow. She will be headed to Mississippi soon and will be shown by Austin Herring and then become part of the Punkin Ridge Polled Herefords operation in Beaumont. Sgt. Pepper shined in his time at the expo as well and is at his new home in Ames at Longnecker Cattle Company.
We have a few calves on the ground and are very excited to consign to the Iowa Beef Expo Hereford Select Sale again next year.
A throwback to when Rolo was just a little baby. Our girl sells next week at the Iowa Beef Expo in the Hereford Select Sale and we can’t wait to see where she ends up!
Birth: April, 13th 2015 – Reg: P43610949 – Lot 69
S: PR 144U Bailout 0001 – D: STAR JJB Lucinda 5U ET
Our 2016 Iowa Beef Expo heifer, Rolo, is without a doubt one of our favorites we’ve raised. Her momma Lucinda is a big reason why. We owned her with Star Lake and when we were just starting out she was one of the first females I bought. In the picture above Lucinda was six years old and was about to wean Rolo’s full sister who we will calve out this spring. She is an easy doing cow that has never had to have a calf pulled and a problem free udder. Lucinda’s mom is the Lucky cow that we owned with Star Lake and was one of the top donors at the ranch. Her sire is Bright Future who was a many time National Champion. You always need to be sure that an animal has a good momma before you buy them and Rolo has that in spades. If you have any questions about our Expo consignment please feel free to Contact Us.
Birth: April, 13th 2015 – Reg: P43610949
S: PR 144U Bailout 0001 – D: STAR JJB Lucinda 5U ET
We like Bill at our place. It says above that Bill doesn’t complain about politics, which is a very admirable trait. I think we would all agree that less politics in the showring would be great. Maybe not a realistic hope but a good thought. It is best to remember that if someone doesn’t want to use your genetics because you didn’t win a ribbon then that person may not be someone you want as a customer anyway. I’ll wrap this up with a quote from the great Conan O’Brien-
A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to Rolo our 2016 Iowa Beef Expo sale heifer. Now we have a video to share. We feel Rolo is the complete package and the best heifer we have ever raised. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call or send an e-mail, all of our info can be found on our Contact Us page.
Rolo is a flashy, up-headed, deep bodied and well muscled heifer that has what it takes to compete on any level. She is also haired good enough to make you drool, if you’re in to that sort of thing. This is the type of heifer that you just want to bring in the house with you, makes you want to hang out with her and be best friends. Her momma, Lucinda, is our best Lucky daughter and her sire is Bright Future. Some of Lucinda’s full and 3/4 sisters have went on to do great things with her cow family being heavily featured in Coylers Bull Sale this year. Rolo is sired by a full brother to the Ramona cow that we bought a flush on and has been a top producer for her owners Perks Ranch in Illinois and Langford Herefords in Oklahoma. For Perks alone Ramona has generated over $140,000 in sales on just one flush. When we bought Rolo’s sire this is the exact heifer we had in mind.
We are going to be keeping two flushes at our expense and the buyers convenience with guarantee of 6 embryos each flush. No matter the selling price we simply cannot afford to let this heifer go without the opportunity to retain some of her genetics. This is the kind you build a herd around, I could go on for days. Simply put Rolo is the most complete heifer we have ever raised.
We will be getting a video of Rolo done after we get home from Denver and will post it ASAP. Click Here to view her pedigree. For more info you can also head to our For Sale page. If you have any questions do not hesitate to Contact Us!