Revenge of the Beekeeper Part 2. Sweet Rewards

The best forms of revenge:

  • Forgive the person.
  • Being successful.
  • Living well and being happy.

One of the three best forms of revenge is being successful. But how is success determined or measured, and by who? Dictionary.com definition:

Success: The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.

When there is a project or sport with multiple events that can be called successes or failures, how do you measure them? For a professional golfer the score on the card at the end of the day is how he/she is measured against the others in a tournament. And that ultimately determines the dollar amount the check has on Sunday.

In the odd instance where I get enough free time to play a round of golf, I’m happy that I can find the ball after a really nasty tee shot. If I don’t have to go into the club house after nine holes to buy another sleeve or two of balls, that’s a successful outing for me.

In a commercial honey producing operation they measure success by how many pounds of honey is produced each season. Sue Bee is probably the most common honey on shelves across the nation. It is a cooperative of beekeepers from across the USA, producing between 35 to 40 million pounds of honey each year.

As in the example about golf, I don’t measure my success the same way as a professional would.

  • Build a hive.
  • Start and maintain the hive.
  • Keep the hive alive through winter.
  • Extract honey.

These four goals didn’t happen within the first year, not even within two years. It took three years of success, failures, determination, modifications, humility, and most of all patients to achieve these goals. I’m reminded of a quote from Winston Churchill:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal

It is the courage to continue that counts.

The main part of the quote that sticks out to me is “Failure is not fatal”.

All four goals were sweet, but the fourth was the sweetest of all. My wife and I were able to take nine frames out of one hive. After those were spun out in the extractor, we ended up with 32 pounds of raw filtered honey. That would not be called a success by a professional, but it was pretty sweet to me.

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