Don't get in your own way when chasing what's important


If you picture someone born without arms and legs, chances are you go straight to thinking about the physical challenges.

There’s no doubt that Chris Koch, a farmer from Nanton, Alta., has faced physical challenges, but that hasn’t stopped him from chasing his dreams and becoming a farmer.

Koch says there have been times when he wished he had the same privileges as those born with all four limbs, but his success in life has boiled down to one significant thing: his mental state.

Focusing on our mental challenges was Koch’s topic when he spoke at the Alltech ONE conference held at Calgary, Alta., earlier this week.

“Can I do everything? No. But the list of things that I can do is a hell of a lot longer than the list of things that I can’t do,” he emphasizes.

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Koch says success in life is about meeting challenges; he feels 10 per cent of those challenges are physical and 90 per cent are mental.

“It’s not about physical ability, or arms and legs. That six inches of space between our ears, that’s our biggest obstacle in life. Ourselves. We get in our way.”

Of course things happen in life that throw a wrench into how we imagine our lives unfolding, but it’s how we respond to those things that matter, says Koch.

“There are people who have everything, but they just get in their own way, and trip themselves up,” he explains. “Some have a miserable life when you think they would’ve enjoyed it.”

Check out the full conversation between Koch and RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney, below:

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