TRIPLE III TIME: Milkhouse Moments – The BEST Of!

This week my Dad would have turned 90!  It is hard to assemble in my mind all of the things he has missed because he passed away so young.  Also I wonder about all of the additional Milkhouse Moments that would have been shared over the past 20+ years… and how many I could have then passed on to all of you via this TRIPLE III TIME blog format!?

Well in honor of my Father… and instead of trying to dream up what would have been the next Milkhouse Moments learning lessons, I have decided to offer you The BEST Of! those Milkhouse Moments that have been part of past TRIPLE III TIME messages.


I was assigned full responsibility for caring for calves born on our farm at a very early age.  Feeding, bedding, and nurturing were all “on me”.  Milkhouse (Learning) Moment: I learned early that I (yeah me) needed to set my own high standard for responsibility and performance.   Waiting for Dad (or a supervisor) to explain it to me would have lessened the learning… because meaningful Responsibility Begins Early.


During my entire time on the farm I watched and learned the value of multi-purposed partnerships.  Whether it was sharing equipment, working on a project together or just plain communicating on ag issues, partnerships were critical.   Milkhouse (Learning) Moment: I learned that in all personal and professional areas that Partnerships Make Everything Better. Asking for and offering help always creates opportunity, fosters creativity, builds service capacities, and facilitates a network of great communication.


Pichla FarmsI grew up on a small dairy and cash crop farm in rural Michigan with 7 brothers and sisters. Working hard until the job was done… was the rule. My Dad was a GREAT accordion player and as a family we all played an instrument in our well-respected polka band.  Milkhouse (Learning) Moment: I learned that you need to progressively take stock of where and how you grew up. Learning from tough experiences and expanding on the cool opportunities is the best way to Remember Your Roots!  Passing on the strong work ethic, benefiting from growing up in a large family (male-female) structure, continuing the musical heritage opportunity, and not shying away from trying new things (i.e. innovating) … are all areas to appreciate, share and take forward.

I hope you enjoyed this TRIPLE III TIME Milkhouse Moments – The BEST Of! Message.  I know there are/were many more.  Finally, thanks and Happy Birthday Dad.

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

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