Lesson(s) from Grandpa
My grandpa on my Mom’s side (I never met my Dad’s, wish I had…) taught me this lesson when I was starting my lawn business: weed-wack first so your mower cuts and grooms over the weed-wacked areas. Otherwise, there will be unsightly weeds lying on freshly cut grass.
To me, this was brilliant and I’ve always followed his suggestion since. But I also learned this lesson and it’s even more important than the first: I learned to put my ego aside and accept his advice instead of being too prideful. Since I was young and innocent I gladly took his advice. But I wonder how I would have reacted if I had been more experienced. Perhaps I would have been more arrogant and muttered, “I’m doing fine, I don’t need advice” or “My way is working fine so far…”
I’m learning how to accept advice with gratitude instead of letting my pride get in the way.