Swift Straw Blog


achievement, perseverence, success

What do Michael Phelps and Mike Tyson have in common?  After hearing each of them in separate interviews, they both mentioned that they had a coach around the age of 12-13 that told them they could be the best in the world at their sport. Up until that point, neither of them had ever thought...

Performance Review

business, team building, improvement, success, learning, Value

We recently conducted our first round of formal performance reviews at Swift Straw. During the review we covered a minimum of 3 positive things that we wanted to acknowledge each person for, 3 areas for improvement and then invited the same feedback for leadership.  This was without a doubt one...

Embrace Being Wrong

achievement, improvement, perseverence, success, purpose, learning

This year we opened up a new harvesting operation in Mississippi.  Since the terrain is totally different than anything we have ever worked in before, we had to discover and create an entirely new process from scratch.  Over the last few months we have worked tirelessly, testing different types...

Success Examined

mentorship, success, learning

In the movie “Good Will Hunting,” Robin Williams' character understood that success cannot be defined, it can only be discovered.  He understood that success is unique and different for each individual.  Will Hunting was a certifiable genius, but he would not be forced into someone else’s...

How to Make a Million Dollars Raising Dogs

success, Value

I recently listened to a Ted talk of Cam Lanier speaking to business students at Point University.  As one of my life long hero’s and mentors, it was quite a treat to hear so many of the principles that I have picked up over the years condensed into one organized speech.  It is titled, “How to...

The Current: Meet Matt Lowe

mentorship, business, entrepreneurship, achievement, success, purpose

Have you ever met someone you instantly look up to? I’m not necessarily talking about someone famous or someone that you know a lot about and respect. I’m talking about people who have a certain presence about them. They carry themselves in such a way that you can’t help but watch their every...

Success Versus Accomplishment

achievement, improvement, success

Napoleon Hill defined Success as, “Pursuing the things that you want in life without interfering with the rights of others.”

The Emotional Paradox

relationships, business, achievement, perseverence, success, negotiation

As a follow up to my previous blog titled “Tactical Empathy”, there are several paradoxical principles when it comes to mastering the art of negotiation: 

Tactical Empathy

relationships, business, achievement, perseverence, success, negotiation

Chris Voss is a world renowned FBI hostage negotiator.  In his book “Never Split the Difference”, he teaches the principles that helped him work through some of the most intense, dangerous and life threatening situations imaginable.  One of the first principles is rooted in an understanding that...

Why Greatness?

achievement, improvement, success, purpose, inspiration

In 500 BC there was a Greek sculptor that was hired to carve several statues for the front of a building.  When he was finished, his employers noticed that the backs of the statues were carved with as much detail as the front.  They asked, “Why would you put as much time and effort into the...

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