9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn from a Farmer


1. You don’t get anything you don’t work hard for: As Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed like overalls and looks like work.” Farmers don’t get anything they don’t work from sunrise to sunset on.

2. Be Patient: Who better to teach the lesson of patience than farmers? They wait seasons to see if their crop will turn out; or if their livestock will turn a profit much less break even.

3. Never hope for it more than you work it:“Farming is a profession of hope,” as Brian Brett put it. However, with that hope comes the knowledge that it won’t turn in to anything without working tirelessly to make it happen.

4. When you feel like quitting, remember why you started: When the temperatures are below zero and nothing seems to be going right – Farmers know that the end product is worth the work and the struggle to get there is worth the fight.

5. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you: Our farmers deserve praise not condemnation. Knowing where your food comes from is incredibly important, however, without Farmers there would be no food. So organic, conventional and anything in between, thank the farmer for what they do and don’t criticize for how they do.

6. Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life: There’s a reason farmers farm until the day they die – it’s not work to them when they love what they do day in and day out. As Wendell Berry once said, “Why do Farmers farm?…Love they must do it for love.”

7. Always look on the bright side: A Farmer has to be an optimist otherwise he wouldn’t be a farmer. Farmers know to always look on the bright side of things even when there wasn’t a bright side to be found. Whether it’s when a new born calf doesn’t make it through the night or when mother nature wrecks a crop, for farmers there is always next year.

8. Live a life of frugality and thrift: “What I learned growing up on a farm was a life centered on hard work, and on faith and thrift.” – Rick Perry. Farmers make the most of what they have because they have to. With markets unpredictable and equipment as expensive as it is, every little penny is treated as gold.

9. How to live a life to be proud of: Farmers will be the first to tell you, there is nothing better than seeing the product of your hard work. What better feeling to have than knowing your job is one of the most important ones there are.

What’s your favorite life lesson you’ve learned from Farmers or the farm? Leave a comment with your life lesson!

22 thoughts on “9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn from a Farmer

  1. “Life’s not fair!” Don’t expect it to be equal or handed to you. That was my dad’s favorite quote. And how we are raising our kids on the farm.

  2. I have raised livestock since I could ride on a round bale of hay. What I have learned over the years and from a wise Farmer is that “If you have animals you can lose animals” God has a plan and we follow him where ever he leads us.

  3. My Husband delivered farm fuels for 35 year’s. We were not farmers but we depended on the farmers as customer’s for our income. Rain, sleet, snow he was out there taking care of what they needed to operate. ” Never criticize a farmer with your mouth full “

    1. As a farmer, we really do appreciate all the support people around us. Sometimes we forget to say “thank-you,” but people like your husband are not forgotten in our daily thoughts.

  4. ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket”; granddaddy had several sayings, but I think he loved this one; when I was little, my job was to gather the eggs from the henhouse. Whenever I would reach over that wooden box and feel a chicken snake, I would drop my egg bucket and start screaming. Took several years before I could stand on my toes and look into the nest to see if there was a snake in there or not.

  5. We can purchase all the things, but we can not purchase hard-work.
    Its a deadlock, yes farmer is a hopeful every time.
    but let the technology can bring changes in their life… we hope.

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