Personal Traits of the Farmer

February 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Success is most easily acquired in the line of work one loves best; and the first problem is to get into that character of work as soon as possible. Men cannot always advantageously estimate their own abilities, but so far as possible, one should engage in the occupation which he likes and for which he is best fitted by nature, experience and training. It is important for the young man to reach his decision as early as possible. While men are sometimes quite successful with no particular qualifications except strength and industry, this is no argument that they would not have succeeded even better with knowledge and the application of science in their occupation. A good executive may have fair success without doing manual work, but in farming the highest success is usually attained by those who combine executive ability with labor. Scientific knowledge, experience, business ability, manual and mechanical skill, and hard work make a combination that is successful.

-Frank D. Gardner, Traditional American Farming Techniques (originally published in 1916 as Successful Farming)

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