Turning Over the Soil
As a lawyer, Todd Graves tries to think like a farmer.
Say you’re putting in a fencepost. Get a bunch of folks with advanced degrees
together, and they might have diverse, elaborate ideas on the best way to dig
the hole. Studies might be commissioned, experts consulted.
“Sometimes people strategize so much they lose sight of the need to just
begin,” Graves says. “I can’t predict everything in a lawsuit, but at some point,
you just have to put in a spade and turn the soil over.” It’s a lesson he learned
as a kid, when his father would ask him to do some unpleasant task on the
farm. Graves would strategize how to do it best, and his father’s mantra was
always, “Just get it started, or you’ll never get it done.”
Whether in law, cattle or politics, Todd Graves knows
if you strategize too long, you’ll never get the hole dug
BY RJ SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY BY DON IPOCK