Principles

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Each of us has about 40 chances to accomplish our goals in life.

This is a lesson Howard learned through his passion for farming. All farmers can expect to have about 40 growing seasons, giving them just 40 chances to improve on every harvest. This applies to us all. We have about 40 productive years to do the best job we can, whatever our passions or goals may be.

The Principles of 40 Chances

PRINCIPLE 1 — ROOTS

Dig in.

Am I acting with purpose and urgency in my life?

Everyone has to start somewhere. Instead of kicking the dirt around, dig in and get your hands dirty.

Every goal without a plan is just a wish. Start planning your goals at the root level.

PRINCIPLE 2 — BRAVERY

Grow tall.

Am I taking smart risks?

We make strong foundations to support ourselves.They empower us to take risks, try something different, and do something outside of the box. But growth comes from taking calculated, smart risks, always with your plan in mind.

PRINCIPLE 3 — LESSONS

Don’t fear mistakes.

Am I learning the right lessons from my mistakes?

It’s okay to make mistakes. In fact, many of the things worth doing in life are accomplished because we make mistakes; they’re accomplished because we learn from those mistakes and take those lessons with us into the next chance.

PRINCIPLE 4 — CHALLENGES

Be adaptable.

Am I improving upon every chance I have?

Seasons change. Unexpected events arise. We can’t control everything, but we can control how we react to the unforeseen. Adaptability ensues when we take our learned lessons and apply them to every chance we take.

PRINCIPLE 5 — HOPE

Prepare for tomorrow.

Am I making the most of my chances in life?

Concentrate your resources on needs that might not be met without your efforts. Making the most of your 40 Chances means working for today while preparing for the future. It’s about creating lasting change, knowing you’ve spent your chances wisely.