Going Beyond

By Walker Wellington, VP Finance & Development

 

Go Beyond” is a part of Dynamix core values.  We want this to be a defining characteristic of who we are as a company.  In our interactions with clients, members, and co-workers, our aim is to deliver more than expected.  I came across a story about a farmer and his two sons that is a great example of “Go Beyond.”

 

A certain farmer had become old and was ready to pass his farm down to one of his two sons.  When he brought his sons together to speak about it, he told them: “I am passing my farm to the younger son.”

 

The older son was furious!  “What are you talking about?!” he fumed.

 

The father sat patiently, thinking.

 

“Okay,” the father said, “I need you to do something for me.  We need more cows.  Will you go to Daniel’s farm and see if he has any cows for sale?”

 

The older son shortly returned and reported, “Father, Daniel has 6 cows for sale.”

 

The father graciously thanked the older son for his work.  He then turned to the younger son and said, “I need you to do something for me.  We need more cows.  Will you go to Daniel’s farm and see if he has any cows for sale?”

 

The younger son did as he was asked.  A short while later, he returned and reported, “Father, Daniel has 6 cows for sale.  Each cow will cost $2,000.  If we are thinking about buying more than 6 cows, Daniel said he would be willing to reduce the price by $100.  He also said they are getting special jersey cows next week if we aren’t in a hurry, it may be good to wait.  However, if we need the cows urgently, Daniel said he could deliver the cows tomorrow.”

 

The father graciously thanked the younger son for his work.  Turning to the older son, he said, “That’s why your younger brother is getting the farm.”

 

A simple request from a father returns two completely different responses.  The older brother did what was asked of him and nothing more.  Conversely, the younger brother completed the father’s request, and more. 

 

Two stark differences stand between the older and younger brother…Drive and Vision.  First, the younger brother saw something more in the father’s request.  Second, the younger brother’s effort is a byproduct of the drive that was burning in side of him.

 

This story stands as a mirror, casting a heavy reflection of who we are versus who we want to be.  Which brother are you?  Which do you want to be? 

 

In the context of “Go Beyond,” vision and drive are indicators of intangibles such as gumption, hustle, assertiveness, effort, selflessness, and many others.  Going beyond starts on the inside of an individual and an organization.  As a company, Dynamix has high expectations for itself, while also knowing lessons will be learned along the way.  Dynamix is determined to be known by this value, and in doing do, we will be the bright spot in the day of our clients, members, and employees.