Blind_Hog“Even a blind hog will find an acorn once in a while.”

Southern Proverb

This is the type of thing my very Texan grandfather used to tell me. While this is not something I directly remember him saying, he would enjoy it just the same.

So what does that mean exactly? You can take it two ways, I guess.





  1. Even the handicapped get lucky sometimes
  2. You don’t need every advantage to be successful.


I prefer the second meaning.


Anytime you start out on a new venture – I’m sure you feel like that blind hog. Rooting around the ground with your nose hoping to find the first sign of the acorn you need. That first acorn sure is nice, isn’t it?


So, here is what happens. You start out and trip, stumble and even run headfirst into the trunk of the wrong tree. After stumbling along, you find the first acorn. Sweet success!


If you are observant, you can pick up on the “unseen” signs that point you to future success. You begin to discover what works and what does not. 


It requires tons of time and failure to get to that big “win”.


This brings us to the fifth element that determines if a wrestler or business owner is successful: Determination.


There is another side to this. You don’t have to “root around” for too long. A little help from a coach can get you moving in the right direction without running head-first into the wrong tree.