Down The Line


with Stran Smith

We will soon be heading to Las Vegas for NFR. The “little” show Jennifer and I are hosting at the MGM is growing more than we ever expected. “The Draw” will be held in the Hollywood Theater at the MGM from 6 – 6:30 p.m. every night before the live telecast of the rodeo. Each night we will talk about the stock drawn and whose horses are working, in addition to having guests on the show. Wrangler has picked up the show for their webcast and they have over a million followers. We’re both very excited and expect it will be a lot of fun.

We will all be faced with many obstacles in our lifetime. When it happens, there is a definitive choice to be made. You can either let the obstacle defeat you, or you can do something different, maybe something outside your comfort zone, and ultimately overcome the obstacle. In this situation you can be a pessimist, throw up your hands and admit defeat; or be an optimist who uses this as an opportunity to stretch and grow.

You can only squeeze so much water out of a sponge before you have to soak it again. In this day and time most of us are busy and have ourselves overbooked. It’s important to stop and recharge from time to time. This became evident to me when I started speaking a lot. Now and then, rather than speak, I need to stop, listen, and recharge.

The other day Jennifer posted a photo on our STS Ranch Wear Facebook of Stone holding a calf’s legs while we were branding. On the photo was this saying: “Don’t handicap your kids by making their life easy.” That one post was viewed over 100,000 times and shared 25,000 times.