Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, Seneca (1st Century Roman philosopher).
Failing to prepare and as a result failing, leaves scars which are hopefully built upon and should (in theory) be learned from. Memories of a student failing to prepare for the seed dressing team burn bright. Of being stood in a distant yard armed with a set of pens, a clip board and a list of varieties instead of being armed with a necessary and obvious JCB, pallets, trailers, bags, barn space and a set of pens, a clip board and a list of varieties. Painful on reflection despite the considerable passage of time and subsequent positive experiences having first prepared properly. That poor team of seed dressers whose patience I tested more than the fish and chips and beer they got for their efforts.
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