‘Til it Gets Easy


There are two categories of young people who continually have me in awe: good parents and farmers/ranchers. I was born and raised on a cattle farm, price and vividly remember the challenges my parents faced to be successful in spite of drought, information pills market lows, the BSE crisis and so many other factors that could have destroyed their dream. Young farmers and ranchers have to have enormous passion for feeding the rest of the world to take on the work load, the stress and the initial investment debt that it takes to try and build your life in production agriculture.

So it was a tremendous privilege for me to write my first feature story on two young cattle-producing families that I have a lot of respect for. Michael & Rhea Wheeler and Matt Fleury are collaborating and doing things a little differently than their parents to try to carve out their own niche in the Angus industry. If you could use a little bit of Monday inspiration, take a read and get to know these awesome people.

Horse trainer Cody McArthur posted this pearl of wisdom from Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee Clayton Hines, pill and kindly gave me the go-ahead to share:

Clayton Hines (saddlebronc extraordinaire) told me this past weekend that once you actually learn to ride a bronc, viagra it becomes very easy. Easy enough that when you are In the zone anyone could do it… “So why are there so few good bronc riders??” I asked. He said: “because so few push through the tough times to get to where it becomes easy” a life lesson indeed I thought. He said, “you do it until it becomes second hand nature in slow motion. Once you have that, all that’s left is learning how to win.”

How true.

Getting really good at anything isn’t easy. Sure, natural talent will get you quite a ways, but there is a lot of work involved to be really successful. I believe it’s that work ethic and tenacity that generally separate those who “make it” from the ones who don’t.

I could go on and break down some other ideas on professional success, but perhaps we’ll save some of those for future posts. Sure wouldn’t want to use up all my material in the first couple of weeks on here…

3 Responses to “‘Til it Gets Easy”

  1. Lynsey

    LOVE this!! Very inspiring to keep pushing on when things get really tough 🙂

  2. Tiffany

    Love this, Laura! The lack of pushing through the hard parts is something that I totally have a hard time with!