"What flatterers say, try to make true." ~German Proverb
Last week, I got a call from someone who was seeking an attorney to help with some estate issues involving her family ranch. I explained that my firm does not do transactional work like estates, but assured her that I would help find someone who did this kind of work.
Then, the woman explained to me why she called me, instead of other attorneys who she knows.
"I thought of you, not because you're the only lawyer I know, but because I've heard your FFA speeches. You know how things work."
I have to tell you, I could not have been more flattered. Growing up in an ag community, I understand what she means, because there are a lot of people in the world who really don't know how things work as far as agriculture goes. I'm not insulting them, but I'm saying that it's a way of life that other people don't understand.
I'm proud to have grown up on a farm and ranch and to be seen as someone who knows how things work. I love the fact that I can sit in my office and talk about commercial loan agreements and million dollar class actions, and the next minute be having a conversation about breeding cows or lambing out ewes. I am different that a lot of other lawyers because of this background. But I tell you what, it was my agriculture experiences that made me the person who I am today and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
So, as far as compliments go, being told that I know how things work is one of the best I've received in a long time!
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