If I learned anything from What About Bob, it is the merit of baby steps. Take it slow, have a plan, get excited, but think about your excitement. Be smart. Be responsible. These suggestions are Peter’s response to the question of what advice he could offer to folks who were interested in starting up an endeavor similar to his.
This is a question I’ve been asking everyone with whom I speak on camera. Interestingly enough, Peter’s suggestions to plan, go slow and critically evaluate what is feasible were the first of the sort. Virtually everyone else, including but not limited to Eli Cayer/Dave Homa, Kevin Gardner, Mark Stevens and Jesse Meeder, were of the opinion that one of the most important aspects of having dreams, having visions, is to DO it. To not be afraid. Not think about what will go wrong, or skills that you don’t have. Go for it. Try. Be persistent. Just do it.
Here we’ve got a rather marked difference between Peter and some other folks in their approach. It would not be fair to assign value to either set of beliefs because both are ultimately so valuable. Clearly, each player has got his or her own personally discovered combination of ambitions and approaches, and, in the case of all of the projects we’ve visited, they are working.
As the title of this piece indicates, I think that Peter’s advice is ‘good.’ Yes. Absolutely. I think it’s great advice, in fact. Both in regards to a starting a small urban agricultural project and to a life. Does that, by virtue of being good, mean that the ‘kind’ of advice given by the others is not good? Absolutely not. Herein lies, once again, the beauty of speaking with a broad range of people in an indefinitely diverse movement – a diversity of views all united under the same progressive vision.
I love this question. I love the answers. I love the variability. It is a thinly veiled porthole into personal philosophies. Lifestyles.
I’m going to keep this one short. But first, I’ll pose the question to you. I invite you to consider it. Take a moment and really think about what you’ve learned from the past year of your life. You have acquired incalculable amounts of wisdom. I do not believe that the case could be otherwise. You know it.
With a grackleharumph, the interviewer cleared his throat. After the briefest self-conscious flick of his eyes to the floor, he directed them to those of his interviewee. Unblinkingly, so as to indicate the significance he placed on the words to follow, he posed the question:
What advice can you offer to a me, a young and energetic person, who believes in you. Wants to recreate what you’ve done?