Desire to Improve and Do What It Takes

Gary Young
Gary Young the farmer, logger, essential oil authority, chromatography expert, builder, businessman, explorer, teacher, author, lecturer, husband, and father. The man who DID succeed!

Why was I voted least likely to succeed? Because my father was poor. We were poor growing up. I fought my way through school, because kids would make fun of me because I wore old-fashioned clothes. I had holes in my pants because they were hand-me-downs from my cousins.

But what that created in me was the desire to improve and better my life, not to feel sorry for myself. Because my father didn’t have the money to buy me clothes, I started my own business when I was 9 years old, my very first business. You know what it was? Trapping. I trapped beaver, bobcat, muskrat, and coyotes in the wintertime. I would build stretchers and stretch their pelts, and then when my father would go to Idaho Falls to the fur traders, he’d take my pelts and sell them.

Back in the late 50s, I was getting $3.50 for a bobcat pelt, $2 or $2.50 for a good coyote pelt, and as much as $15 for a good beaver pelt. My father would sell my pelts, my furs, and bring the money home. I’d put it in my little bank account, and then in the spring we’d go to the stock auction, and I would buy baby calves with my money. I would feed the calves through the spring, summer, and fall, and then I would sell them and put the money in my bank account. So from the time I was in the 4th grade, my father never bought me clothes for school again; I bought all my own clothes.

One time I got really tired of being humiliated and being made fun of because I couldn’t afford a pair of cowboy boots. So I went to a leather store and bought leather, and I made a pair of cowboy boots that was the envy of everybody in school. I hand stitched them myself. It took me 3½ months to make my first pair of cowboy boots. I never wore them out—the only pair of boots I never wore out. I wore them until my feet outgrew them.

3 thoughts on “Desire to Improve and Do What It Takes

  1. Mr. Young I am impressed to say the least at your drive at that young age. You are solid proof that adversities brings out the best in a person. My son has been diagnosed with ALS and he is being treated with your oils to get his muscle control back. I am from Kerala, India , the birthplace of Ayurvedic oils and treatments. As you would imagine, I am a believer in oils and its wonderful effect on the body. It is said that Kerala has the richest earth in terms of minerals and the oil from the plants and trees grown there has heavy medicinal value for that reason. If you google “Gods Own Country” it will display Kerala. Once again thanks for what you do.

  2. I know all about being ridiculed because of poverty- we grew up that way too. Instead of making me an entrepreneur like it did for you- I learned to not worry about what others thought, and I was always one of the first to try something new, no matter what others thought.

  3. The desire to succeed has to be greater than the desire not to! Must not give into defeat because there will always be setbacks. I have always been a person of tenacity, but I also have that weakness that made it easy to give into excuses. So, I know that in order to succeed with my oils, I must have the desire to succeed and the willingness to do what it takes to get there. I must have the desire to improve, the willingess to do the work, and the humility to learn, love and honor those who help me get there.

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