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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

Own It

The farmer suspected his wife was not hearing as well as she used to, and he thought she might need a hearing aid.  Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family doctor to discuss the problem.

The doctor told him there is a simple informal test that he could perform to give the doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.  “Here’s what you do,” said the doctor.  “Stand about 40 feet away from her and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you.  If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den.  He said to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away.  Let’s see what happens.”  In a normal tone he asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”

No response…  So the farmer moved ten feet closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife, and repeated, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”

Still no response… Next he moved into the dining room where he was about 20 feet from his wife and asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again, no response…

Then he walked up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away.  “Honey, what’s for dinner?”

Again, there was no response… So he walked right up behind her.  “Honey, what’s for dinner?”

“Dammit Ed!  For the fifth time… WE’RE HAVING STEAK!”

What can we learn from this funny story of Ed blaming his wife?  A lot.  The story holds one of the keys to developing a prosperous economic direction for our county. A vital element in our success or failure in Tama County is OWNERSHIP.

Some people never accept responsibility for anything.  They always blame why their plans did not work on someone else every time.  But why do they do this?  One thought – is that their self-worth is linked to what they accomplish (big issue in U.S.). In these people’s minds if they accept responsibility for a mistake then it is they themselves that are the failure.

It was NFL’s Houston Oilers coach Bum Philips that said – “You fail all the time, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else.”

So the question needs to be asked- Do the majority of our residents take ownership for their actions? Or do the play the blame game? In order for growth to happen here we will need to have a real sense of pride and optimism in our desire to see a brighter, stronger economic future in Tama County. And we need to OWN both the good and the bad.

In case you’ve been busy with your day-to-day and haven’t heard all the positive economic news on the horizon in Tama County – you can contact our office and we will get you up-to-date on all that is happening in the county. As we continue to build there are going to be mistakes made…..I guarantee that! And we need to OWN each and every one of them.


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