5 Business Lessons I Learned Growing Up on a Farm in Hawaii



Growing up on a farm in Hawaii was a double blessing. Farm life, best life. Farm life on tropical paradise? Heave on earth! Nonetheless, it took at least an hour to get to school and the nearest grocery store was also a trek. Yet, I had the privilege of learning priceless life lessons that have helped shaped me into the business owner I am today.


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1. Strong work ethic.


From sun up to sun down, rain or shine, we worked every day. The crops weren't going to harvest themselves!


2. Humility.


Manual labor is a very humbling experience. Farmers don't earn like crazy but they work like crazy.



3. Intuitive decision making.


Working in nature is very grounding. Harvesting requires being in tune with the surroundings in order to detect potential bad weather.


4. Resilience.


When my parents first started out, they got a lot of rejections. Business loan rejections from banks. Produce rejections from supermarkets. The list goes on to this day. But they didn't give up.


5. Lifelong learning.


The agricultural economy is ever evolving. Whether it's adjusting to changes in supply and demand for specific produce to understanding the latest food regulations, lifelong learning is a must!


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