There’s no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything” – George Washington Carver
Leaders find solutions to problems facing their community. When confronted with single-crop cultivation of cotton had left the soil of many fields exhausted and worthless, Carver discovered that these farmers could plant peanuts and soybeans. These crops could restore nitrogen to the soil while also providing the protein so badly needed in the diet of Southerners.
The story goes that once farmers heard they could plant peanuts, everybody started planting peanuts and so there was an overabundant supply of peanuts. When the farmers realized that supply had outstripped demand, they complained to Carver about the new crop he’d told them about. Carver then returned to the drawing board and generated over 100 uses for the peanut. His efforts transformed the face of agriculture in the South.