Why My Garden Is Just Like My Business.

Last Update: June 23, 2022

I have a story to share, one that may not seem all that relevant to the online business world but in fact, directly correlates to what it takes to learn something, and succeed at something. It is all about "jumping in head first", not knowing what you are getting yourself into prior (or having a very vague idea, anyways).

Over the years I have realized that when I am going to learn something new, I often times fear what lives on the other side. Not because I am scared to fail, I am actually afraid of the unknown. The unknown can be awkward, and in life it prevents us from doing a lot of different things that we could be very successful at...business being one of those things.

This idea of "fear of the unknown" stretches across different niches. One in particular that is very relevant to me, is working outdoors in my garden and managing a property, something that I cured the "fear of the unknown" by jumping head first into.

The Story of 7 Acres.

A few years back, I moved to a plot of land. I desired to live on land, I grew up on acreage and I loved the lifestyle it provided me as a kid. I guess, in a way, I want the same for my kids. The freedom to play outside, to have freedom, to be creative without direction, and to learn how to consume hours of time playing without "tech". I believe it is important for everyone to be capable of independence. The outdoors, and the world of nothing but your own elements can create this.

When we moved here, we had help with the yard. There was a gardener that would help through the week, mowing lawns, working on the gardens, etc. I didn't really know much of anything, I came from prior homes that had no yard and the only recent memory I had of being on acreage was when I was a child.

As crazy as it sounds, I actually feared the idea of having to work in the yard.

I didn't know how to operate power tools, I didn't know how to use the zero turn mower, I didn't know how to operate the gator, I didn't know enough about gardens to properly maintain them. I was green...even greener than my lawn lol.

So on the day that my hired help indicated they were moving on to spend more time with their family, I was presented with two options. One, seek out and hire someone else that I trusted to learn the yard, and maintain it. Or Two, learn it all my self, and jump in head first.

I chose the latter.

I jumped in head first. I had spent the prior 15 years telling others to "try something new" through the affiliate marketing world, whilst helping them through the process, but I was experiencing the same level of fear that many go through when starting an online business.

I didn't know the first thing about what I was doing.

As embarrassing as it is, I had no prior experience on how to operate any sort of gas tools or a chainsaw or mowers or dealing with a variety of plants, pruning, edging, keeping plants alive, irrigation...it was all so overwhelming to the point it created a feeling of fear. The fear of the unknown.

I remember going down to my lawnmower, which I had never even tried (after a year living on the property). It was a zero turn mower, with very few controls. I sat down on it, with no a clue how to start it. I didn't even know where the key went in. As I sat on the mower, I pulled out my phone and jumped on Youtube to search "how to start a husquavarna zero turn mower". I wasn't alone, the video at the time had over 20,000 views.

That was a consistent learning process, that happened over and over again. From learning to use a chainsaw and watching safety videos, to figuring out the best way to edge gardens after buying over 20 different garden tools...to upgrading and automating my irrigation so it uses 60% less water...and understanding the entire drainage system on the proper, and actually enhancing it with new irrigation and finding some major flaws in the existing ones.

This year I ripped out an entire 50-foot garden bed (see below) and now I am working to plant a brand new garden.

This is another thing I have yet to do, but I now have the confidence that I can do anything.

I approached my yard, like I approached business.

I went at it with the idea of efficiency, and success. I knew I could do a brilliant job, and that there are a lot of really skilled people out there doing it. Why not me? Why can't I learn this, millions of people have learned how to do this before me and I have all the resources I need to become not just a success at it, but an expert.

I can innovate, be creative and come up with new ideas and concepts the same way I do in business. I can jump head first into ANY new venture that I choose, with confidence. Knowing that I will fail, knowing that I will learn from that, and knowing that the outcome will eventually be success.

At the end of the day, what's the worst that could happen. Something doesn't go exactly as planned? I fail, and then learn something new?

I have learned something new, and I have gained a love for something new as a result. This can be you, with anything that you do including an online business. You just need to jump in head first.

PS. These are all pictures I have taken from my garden.

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AlexEvans Premium Plus
Top of the range, kyle, one of the biggest headaches for most parents is balancing that tech time, even just working out the best strategy to get the kids off their devices. There's nothing like a full-blown I paddy. Creating that space for your kids to play and enjoy the outdoors will be one of the best investments you could have made.
Creating that balance between the online and the physical worlds is one of the best things we can do. I think that you have outlined the right of passage of many would-be gardeners. The DIY stores are full of tempting tools and equipment.
Best wishes as you continue on your gardening way.
drjec Premium
I totally agree. Almost every good thing that I have from my marriage to m career, I had to jump in with both feet despite not really knowing what I was doing. I like the way you put it ...what is the worst that can happen? Somehow we learn and marvel at how great the results of the jump are.
Kyle Premium Plus
Absolutely, there are a lot of things we are thrown into just like this without adequate training...marriage is a good example, raising kids is another, but it is basically anything new.

We can't assume knowledge with anything, and we learn a lot simply by trying things, getting feedback (which is often times in the form of failure), and improving.

And yes, I take the approach many times in business and in life by approaching it with "what is the worst that can happen", in particular if it is simply fear derived out of learning something new (not jumping out of an airplane).
JKulk1 Premium
You've done a beautiful job Kyle. Gardening has always been a part of my life and I couldn't live without it. I had my first Vegetable plot at the age of six . But I understand the learning curve and fear of the unknown, that you experienced. My fear has always been and still is the tech side of affiliate marketing, but I'm getting there. All the best. Jim
Kyle Premium Plus
Thanks Jim, appreciate it! Sounds like you got an early start with it, and I am sure you are natural now. :)
MiaL Premium Plus
Great analogy, Kyle. You must look at your garden now and feel a real sense of achievement and mastery.
I have been learning to code - something I NEVER thought I could do, and it turns out I'm quite good at it! So glad I decided to dive in without overthinking it. When I look at what I'm producing I couldn't be prouder of it. I can say the same about making YouTube videos, and trying new software.
I have to say that being at WA for the last 4 years has given me a push to try new things that I wouldn't have even entertained before.
Thanks again, Kyle. You and Carson (and the team!) have made such a brilliant space here that encourages people to be their best.
Kyle Premium Plus
There is definitely a sense of pride, in particular when you take pride in everything you do (which is something I try to do with everything, including business over course).

That is so awesome that you are living by these mantras in your own life and business. You rock!
Ccarrick Premium
Kyle, thank you for this post. It is a good comparison between business and your garden. You are a husband and gardening is about husbandry. This is coming together.

Every garden is about beginnings because there is the expectation of growth and reproduction. And that's what we do in business. We plant the seed, water and care for the crop.. Then, the result is growth and regeneration.

A farmer does not dig up his plant to see how it is doing, they have the faith that the plant is growing and will reach adulthood.

We nurture and watch over our business. We don't dig into it and uproot our ideas. We work hard and follow guidelines and watch it grow!
A good comparison here Kyle. You approached your problem logically and one step at a time just as you would in business.

So now how does your garden grow?
Regards, Corinne
Kyle Premium Plus
My focus this year is not just growth of new plants, but maintenance of existing gardens that need help (and nutrition). I have a lot of really established plants, and just like business, it is important to maintain your core before your focus on something new. If you let a new project distract you, you can quite easily lose the very thing that has taken 20 years to grow...sounds just like WA, and my garden! :)

Love your thoughts here Corinne, you have definitely added a lot of value to the conversation. :)
Ccarrick Premium
Such a good answer. Of course the crop comes first.
Thanks for looking after us!