Down The Line


with Stran Smith

If you want to change the world, start by making your bed and brushing your teeth everyday. It seems like, more than ever, we live in a society that believes that there are shortcuts to success. So much so, if we are not careful, it will lead to a sense of entitlement. College graduates are expecting to earn their parents’ salary immediately. Someone watches a YouTube video of someone that has spent years to perfect their craft, and then consider themselves an expert. It’s no different than the “get rich quick” scheme or a promise of “15 minute abs.”

I was driving down the road the other day thinking about how crazy my month had been.  We are probably all guilty of over committing ourselves from time to time in our lives, but it seems to be more regular these days.

I was doing a clinic the other day, and I had a young student that was under the impression that by coming to my two-day school he was going to have calf roping figured out. I do feel like it is very beneficial to get quality instruction, but if you think for a second that you are going to be able to soak up the secrets to success in two days with any endeavor you are mistaken.

As a sports fan, this is one of my favorite times of the year. NFL and college playoffs are going on right now. I have the opportunity to listen to sports talk radio a lot while I am feeding my cows. I always enjoy listening to the older, retired players and their perspective of when they played this time of the year. It has made me reflect on my own career. I came to this conclusion. Some things you never get over. You just learn to live with them.