Happy Spring! After a LONG winter, it sorta makes you want to go outside and plant something!

I had been a FaceBook subscriber for two months when Farm Town premiered in June 2009. It was the same month my job was eliminated and I began my ‘Season to Seek and Find.” One month later, I joined Farm Town as it coincidentally became FaceBook’s #1 game.

Initially joining for fun, I confess it fed my human resource psyche. Farm Town is a mere microcosm of life. Creating and managing a farm provided a surprising sense of accomplishment while in the real world I was planting seeds and fertilizing hope to harvest employment.

Farm Town is a great germinator of creativity. It provides sustenance to those hungry for a sense of community and waters the desire for achievement. Plow forward 18 months and, despite my being gainfully employed and growing two new companies, Farm Town is still feeding me.

20 Life Lessons I Reaped from Farm Town

1. You advance much more quickly and the experience is richer with a lot of neighbors.
2. Everyone plays by the same set of rules. No exceptions!
3. You compete equally with everyone else for work and revenue in the marketplace.
4. It’s best if you hire others to work FOR you. You can work your farm alone but it’s lonely and you don’t make as much money.

5. The crops with greater yield take more time to grow and cost more to seed, i.e. you can’t make a lot of money in a hurry – UNLESS, you own multiple farms.
6. Some workers you hire will refuse to plow and only want to harvest. They’re in it for the money, period.
7. Some workers are thankful for any work you will give them. They’ll harvest, plow, chop trees, fish, pick flowers. Those are the ones willing to work hard to advance. Hire them as often as possible.
8. If you neglect what you have planted, it will die before harvest, a great loss of time and money.
9. Farmers come from all over the world. There is no language barrier to accepting work and doing a good job.
10. If you do a great job, you may be asked to be someone’s buddy or, more importantly, their neighbor. Neighbors make the work easier and the world a lot smaller.

11. You can choose your own neighbors.
12. You cannot own a lot of ‘stuff’ when you first begin. You have to work hard to earn coins to acquire what you desire.
13. The words “good job,” “please” and “thank you” go a long way.
14. Most farmers are very helpful. It never hurts to ask for help when you need it.
15. One of your proudest moments will be when you’ve earned enough coins to purchase and fly the American flag.
16. Regardless of the time, day or night, there is always work to do.
17. You can learn a lot about a farmer by visiting his/her farm(s).
18. There is nothing more frustrating than hiring a worker and having him/her abandon his job.
19. It is always good to give gifts to your neighbors. As you gift, you will receive beyond measure.
20. If things don’t suit you, you can always sell everything and start over!

~From the desk of Becky Morlok~

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