When I was young – somewhere around the age of ten my parents decided that it would be a really cool idea to move out to the country – from Toronto. At that age and not one to have a lot of friends this sounded like a great adventure; and it was.
The year following this move I decided that I wanted towork on the farm owned by the farmer my parents had bought the house from. It ended up that from the age of 11 until I was almost 17 I worked every summer and winter holidays on the farmer’s dairy farm. I loved it and during that time I learned a lot of life lessons that have stuck with me to this day.
The farmer was big on life lessons even if that wasn’t what he called them.
One of the first and biggest lessons I learned happened after the milking was done and the cows had been let out to the fields. It was my job at that point to sweep down the milking area , clean out the stalls and gutters. It wasn’t my most favorite job on the farm as I’d rather be up in the hay mow tossing bales of hay into place. So I quickly went through the sweeping and cleaning figuring that it would be good enough.
That was until the farmer happened to walk through the barn.
“You missed some spots, do it over.”
As I looked around I spotted some areas that I had maybe been a little lazy on sweeping up and went over to one to sweep up what I had missed.
This apparently wasn’t what the farmer had in mind.
“No, start over from the beginning. Sweep everything over again and make sure you don’t miss anything this time.”
So I started over and with that I learned a simple lesson. Do things half-assed and you will end up having to do it all over again.
I am sure that a smarter person than myself would be able to, at this point, draw some real important parallels between this story and our online lives but for me it’s pretty simple. When you do things half-assed the only person you are fooling is yourself. At some point you will be outed to the world for the sham you are.
Knowledge and experienced can’t be gained from half-assed effort and no matter how much you believe you are fooling people into believing you can walk the talk it is only a matter of time until they find out otherwise.