Can't carry it alone.
There is a myth in America: The a young person can haul themselves up by their bootstraps and make a go of it to become extremely successful all by themselves.
What a bunch of baloney. One, I, You – NOBODY can make it in this world without the help of other people.
You simply cannot carry it alone.
There are a million examples, but let’s just use mine. How did Hugh become The Mazemaster? It can look like he did it all alone! He had this big idea, came home from college, launched the maze, and everything went on from there, right?
Here’s a short list of people who helped along the way in ways that you might not realize:
- My Grandmother – When my Grandfather Hugh died in the early 60’s, Mabel McPherson would not allow the farm to be split up and sold.
- My Dad – He often says, none of this agritourism stuff happens if you aren’t growing good food.
- My wife – Imagine the number of times that “The Lovely Miss Janine” had to listen to hair-brained ideas, use her wages to float our family, and talk me off the ledge on raining October weekends?!
- My Aunt Margaret – Margaret has been a champion for me my entire life and helped me for years using her public relations professional training to get the word out about the farm.
- Michelle – She’s been with me through thick and thin since the VERY BEGINNING in 1997 and has seen ideas win and fail, seen me in rare form, and dusted me off from many a flopped plan.
- The York County Visitors Bureau, Ann Druck especially, came along the first year we opened and were so encouraging as we struggled to figure out how to run an attraction.
- Now over 70 people help deliver Fall Harvest to you
On and on the list goes, and ANY successful person will share stories of how other people helped along the way.
Why do I share this with you today?
Look at the picture above – That is an enormous pumpkin and it was all Allie and I could do to lift it.
The reminder is that you DO NOT have to lift everything alone. No one lifts and carries everything alone. (No matter what it looks like on their Instagram Feed)
We can’t wait to see you this weekend. The team and family here have been working since the weather broke this Spring to grow and prepare your experience. Plus, pumpkins! Am I right?
See you soon, down on the farm,