There once was a struggling blacksmith named John. John was young, broke and in desperate need to provide for his young family in Vermont. In 1836, John made the tough decision to leave his family, with all of $73 dollars in his pocket, to make his way West in the hope of finding fortune…..or at least a job.
After two weeks of travel, John decided to set up camp in Grand Detour, Illinois. It was there he put out his blacksmith shingle.
Day after day, John would hear the tales of farmers from the Northeast struggling to push their ploughs through the sticky Illinois soil. Where their ploughs used to easily slide through the New England sediment, the Midwest sod seemed quite the challenge. The farmers became frustrated having to clean the mud off the iron ploughs every few yards.
John believed that he could mould the outside of the plough in steel, the mud and dirt would not stick. So in 1837 John built the first polished plough using a broken saw blade.
During the days and months that passed, John would work with the farmers and listen to their problems; he would continue to refine the plough for many years. John would go on to become one of the greatest inventors and businessmen of his time.
That man was John Deere.
He was not a farmer but could see the issues the farmers raised from a different perspective. This perspective enabled farmers to overcome a problem they couldn’t solve themselves and in so doing, becoming more productive. Getting another perspective on your operation can make the difference.
Let us know in the comments below of a time when a different perspective helped you come to your desired solution.