It is my firm belief that the
greatest threat to America’s future prosperity is our declining
work ethic. But no matter how much it declines, you’ll never
hear of a lazy farmer.
Legendary radio broadcaster Paul
Harvey summed it up best in a 1978 speech titled "So God Made a
Farmer", which was used in a
Dodge Ram commercial in the 2013 Super Bowl.
The following is an excerpt:
God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk
cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper
and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the
So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a
newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say,
'Maybe next year.'
I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon
sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who,
planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40 hour week
by Tuesday noon, then, paining from 'tractor back,' put in
another 72 hours.
Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds
of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with
smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life
'doing what dad does.'"
So God made a farmer.
It’s no surprise that the decline
in our work ethic has coincided with our move away from being an
agriculturally based society.
A farmer who attended my seminar
in North Platte, Nebraska brought his kids with
him. I complimented him on how impressive and mature they were.
He said, “Send me the brattiest kid in the world, give me a few
weeks and a pair of post hole diggers, and I’ll send you back a
When I hear managers complain
about teenage employees who have no work ethic, I think about
that Nebraska farmer, and wonder if there’s a “Farm Camp” where
parents can send bratty teens for a summer.
It would be the best thing ever to
happen to a lot of them.
To Your Success,
P.S. It was a chance encounter with Paul Harvey that
was responsible for launching my career as a speaker. It is also
because of him that I refer to my wife as my beautiful bride.
(Mr. Harvey referred to wife Lynn as "Angel".) Reading Mr.
Harvey's words don't do them justice. Click
to hear them as only the greatest radio personality in history
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