Hey friends! Welcome Kyle again from Rather-Be-Shopping with his bi-weekly guest post. Thanks, Kyle! Along with your mega-valuable tips, you always keep us laughing. 🙂
I grew up on a small farm and to this day I still miss the smell of sheep manure and bales of oat hay. Pretty weird, huh? I was also heavily involved in 4-H and took market lambs to three different county fairs in my area and used the money earned to fund my college education. As for 4-H, nothing pulls chicks like white jeans and a dress shirt along with a green tie and hat. But that is a story for another day. Today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite quotes I heard growing up from my Dad and Grandfather, who were both true farmers and very frugal men, and how they changed my life and can hopefully do the same for you.
“Make sure your fences are horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong”
I always laughed when my Grandfather said this and thought he was crazy as he never owned any bulls or horses. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized the true power behind his words. Be prepared. You had better prepare a financial plan and budget that won’t let in the wolves to kill your sheep and eat your profits. He use to always say this when talking about his plan to earn a profit on his livestock and crops. He was always prepared for the worst and had a plan of action and never made decisions without noodling through the consequences.
“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled”
Having three kids of my own, I think of this saying often. My kids don’t respond well to being yelled at and I have learned over the years that many teaching moments go by the wayside when I let my anger or attitude about what they have done override the situation. I’m not here to preach about how you should raise your kids, but I can say from personal experience that having a rational conversation with my kids about expectations and values goes a lot further than hollering at them.
“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you gotta do is stop diggin’”
Back 12 years ago when I was $55,000 in credit card debt my Dad said these exact words to me. After a series of incredibly bad financial decisions I was at a tipping point and had to either cut up my credit cards, stop digging, and develop a plan to work toward paying off the debt, or keep digging and possibly lose everything I had worked so hard for, including my marriage. His simple words really hit home and made me realize what a huge hole I was standing in and made it clear that I had to get rid of my shovel once and for all.
“Every path has a few puddles”
Being the optimistic farmer that he is, this is one of my Dad’s favorite sayings. In other words, don’t get down on yourself when your plan to get out of debt hits a bump in the road when, for instance, the car breaks down and you have to dig into your emergency fund. If you quit when you get to a puddle in your journey you’ll never be debt free. Your journey just might take a different path but you’ll eventually reach your destination.
“If you get to thinkin’ you’re important, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around”
Whenever I reach a financial goal, or have a success with my business, I think of this quote often uttered by my Grandfather. The conversation in my head usually goes like this, “Kyle, don’t start thinking you’ve won. Keep pushing, set new goals, don’t rest on your laurels.” By doing this you continue to motivate yourself to get better at whatever you do which eventually leads to even more success. These successes lead to pay raises, promotions, and intrinsic satisfaction which can’t be measured by dollars alone. So always remember to stay humble, work hard, and stay motivated because in the end, Fido next door doesn’t give a rip about you.
My Grandfather passed away in 2007 and I wish I could go back to my childhood and write down all of the awesome sayings that use to come out of his mouth. But since I can’t, I’ll have to be content with the ones I do remember and how they have changed my life forever.
What sayings from past generations in your life have had the biggest impact on you? I look forward to your comments!
About The Author: Kyle James writes almost daily at the Rather-Be-Shopping Blog, topics include frugal living and creative ways to save more of your hard-earned money.