The FFA created the Motto at the first National FFA Convention in 1928. It is amazing how relevant those 12 simple words still are today. You can apply the motto to absolutely anything in life.
Learning to Do
This is where we all start out in life from the very beginning. We learn to roll over, then crawl, then pull up, then walk, then run, along the way we develop words, then phrases, then sentences, then questions, then we count, learn to read, go to school, learn skills, learn to socialize, learn to adapt, graduate, further our education or skill set, start a career, probably change careers a few times, marry, have children and share our wisdom and insight as a direct inheritance to give our children a firm foundation and potential leg up in life. The secret is, we never stop learning to do something in life – when that happens, we have reached the end.
Doing to Learn
Once we have learned to do something, we work to really learn it, because repetition is where learning turns into a skill set that we can build from and get better everyday! By doing, we learn more about ourselves and learn to play to our strength and compensate for our weakness. Also by doing, we develop a like and dislike that helps us determine where to place emphasis on learning so that we can further develop a profitable skill set that will lead to an enjoyable career that is lucrative, rewarding, satisfying and gratifying.
Earning to Live
Once our skill set is developed, we hunt for gainful employment. Now when I say gainful employment, I am referring to a career, not a job, jobs are owned by the company and you own your career. The reality has set in that we must earn in order to live, laugh, and love. Our goal in life is to find our passion and get paid for it! When you find that, work doesn’t seem like work and you get paid for having fun EVERYDAY! Lets face it; we have heard on many occasions throughout our lives that nothing in life is free – which I have grown to realize isn’t necessarily true according to Earl Nightingale – here is an exert from “The Strangest Secret” – “The problem is that our mind comes as standard equipment at birth. It's FREE! And things that are given to us for nothing, we place little value on.
Things that we pay money for, we value. The paradox is that exactly the reverse is true.
Everything that's really worthwhile in life came to us free:
our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country.
All these priceless possessions are free. But the things that cost us money are actually very cheap and can be replaced at any time.
A good man can be completely wiped out and make another fortune.
He can do that several times.
Even if our home burns down, we can rebuild it.
But the things we got for nothing, we can never replace.” We all must Earn to Live – might as well find something enjoyable and rewarding if we must get paid for it – if its not fun, find something else, cause life is way to short to be unhappy!
Living to Serve
This is the best part! Once we have learned it, done it, and earned from it, we get to live and serve it! It’s all about service – our rewards in life will always be in proportion to our service. Give back, teach, serve your school, church, and community – it’s a great feeling to be of service. Or think of it like this “As ye sow, so shall ye reap”. Zig Ziglar said it best “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Be of service today and everyday throughout your life, start with your family, be of service to your grandparents, parents, siblings, relatives, friends and strangers – it will help make the world a better place.
Have a great Monday Folks!