For some reason, I've been thinking lately about the process of learning a skill. Here are a few random quotes that I think are especially relevant to the work of small-scale farming and ranching:
"To be successful with sheep, even when you're not thinking about them, you'd better be thinking about them a little." - Ivan Doig
"It's not a thing you can learn inside a day." - Dougie McLean
"The difference between a journeyman mechanic and an apprentice is knowing how hard you can hit something without breaking it." Russ Melendez (our mechanic)
"There are so many ways for a man to be a fool, he can't possibly avoid them all." - Ivan Doig
"Wake up in the morning and plow to the end of the row." - Adrienne Young
"10,000 hours is the magic number of greatness." - Malcom Gladwell
"'You have been given questions to which you cannot be given answers. You will have to live them out - perhaps a little at a time.' 'And how long will that take?' 'I don't know. As long as you live perhaps.' 'That could be a long time.' 'I'll tell you a further mystery,' he said. 'It may take longer.' - Wendell Berry
I hope you'll post your own thoughts about learning to work - learning to live, really!
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