I am a fan of new discoveries. The allure of the unknown has always interested me, especially the notion that what I hold to be true could very well turn out to be false. The turf industry is no exception when it comes to new discoveries. It seems every year there is a new piece of equipment to try, a new chemical to spray or a lost philosophy that will solve all our problems. Choosing which new discovery to try can be challenging; trying something new means leaving your comfort zone. Over the years of relishing in the excitement of new discoveries I have gotten used to the feeling of discomfort; so much that the idea of complacency now feels a bit scratchy.
Winter is a good time for a golf course superintendent to reflect back upon the previous season. Good note taking will assist in this endeavor and keeping up with current news helps guide decisions for the upcoming season. As I pour through my yearly notes, scan through my old turf books and read up on new trends, I enter into the world of discovery in which I cherish. What unknown fact will I uncover? What new methods can I try? What process did I get wrong?
In the end a new discovery is an opening to a new understanding; a reminder that not all is known and what is known is not all. An open mind is crucial to the process of new discoveries. Having the ability to remain doubtful not just of what is heard and seen but of yourself. Being able to ask the question, could I be wrong? The incredulous nature of an open mind and the virtues quality of an empathetic point of view help guide me in my personal and professional life.
What new discovery will you uncover with an open mind?
What “truth” will you dissolve? Will you stick with what you know?