Hey, I hope you’re doing great.
In this post I’m going to lay out seven ways to become a kickass grower.
Now, I realize some of what I’m about to share with you is much different than your typical “how to grow weed” article. The truth is, we already have plenty of instructional content available in numerous places like our free Grow Med University resource.
This post is more about who you are as a person and the traits you can develop to become an all around kickass grower.
1. Learn the fundamentals first
If you’re just starting out, wait until you have a few grows under your belt before experimenting with some of the more advanced techniques.
I know, I know, you probably have buddies who rave about aeroponics or other technical growing strategies, claiming they’re the only way to go. And a lot of these strategies are great!
However, you need to learn to walk before you can run. Growing shouldn’t be brain surgery. It should be enjoyable. Start with the basics and have fun. Otherwise, you may end up throwing in the towel before you really have a chance to mature as a grower.
2. Embrace self-doubt and then smack it upside the head.
Maybe you tell yourself that you’ll never have what it takes to grow fat crops of potent bud. Or maybe you tell yourself that since you’ve failed before you’ll fail again. Don’t listen to such nonsense. That’s just your mind trying to keep you safe—trying to paralyze you and lock you into your comfort zone.
Most of the time, self-doubt is actually a good thing. It means you’re forced to expand if you want to reach your goals.
Face the fear, charge through it, and expand the limits of what you’re capable of. Otherwise, it’s hard to get far in this world.
3. Act FAST
Success thrives on speed and momentum. If you want to succeed at anything, including growing, take massive action toward your goals. And massive action starts with a single step. You put one foot in front of the other and move forward like a freight train, determined that nothing will stop you.
4. Make a shitload of mistakes
If you’re not making mistakes, then you aren’t learning and improving.
The most successful growers are the ones who’ve made the most mistakes. I’ve made so many mistakes it would blow your mind. Hell, I even killed my first crop within 24 hours back in 1983. But it was a learning experience and I pulled off the next crop without a problem.
To become a master grower, become a master at making mistakes. Make as many of the damn things as you can. Be willing to make a mess and blow shit up. Then, learn from it, and either improve your strategy or try a new one.
DO NOT let the fear of screwing things up hold you back like it does so many growers.
5. Educate the hell outta yourself
The best growers are always learning. Always. They learn both in the trenches and from hours of studying.
My advice is to constantly educate yourself by reading blogs like this one, forums, online magazines like Big Buds, and watching videos like the ones in Grow Med University. Learn everything you fucking can.
Mediocre growers think they know everything. Master growers are the ones who keep their minds open and never stop learning.
To educate myself, I’ve:
– Conducted tests on cannabis with universities
– Spent thousands of hours scouring reference libraries
– Devoured every book, paper, report, study, and magazine on plant research I could find
– Personally invested a fortune on research books, and some of them were expensive—one cost me $3,300…that’s for one book!
– Dug up obscure cannabis research papers from Russia done in the 1920’s and 30’s—some as early as 1904—had them translated to English and then dissected every page like a theologian dissects the Bible
– Have run my own R&D for decades—testing and tweaking everything I could to figure out the best ways to take marijuana to its true genetic potential.
And after 32 years of growing, I still study the shit out of marijuana to this day.
You don’t have to be as hardcore with your education as I am. However, you should still learn, learn, and learn some more.
6. Be cool to other growers
Our entire community is in this thing together. We’re growers and should have each other’s backs. And the cooler you are to other growers, the cooler they’re going be to you.
If you go on forums, try to be helpful. Don’t give over growers shit just because they know less than you or use different methods. That kind of karma will bite you in the ass.
Instead, lift other growers up—you’ll lift yourself up in the process.
Remember what Wilson Mizner said: “Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.”
7. Never relent
Life will try to kick your ass. It’ll beat you down, drag you across the asphalt, and try to pummel you into submission.
It’ll scare the living shit out of you if you let it.
You can either back down and give up, OR you can trudge forward and become better and stronger and reap the rewards.
The choice is yours.
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