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SCRATCHING HOGS BY MILTON ERICKSON

Posted by Sun on July 22, 2011

One summer I sold books to pay my way through college. I walked into a farmyard about five o’clock, interviewed the farmer about buying books, and he said, “Young fellow, 1 don’t read anything. I don’t need to read anything. I’m just interested in my hogs.” “While you’re busy feeding the hogs, do you mind if I stand and talk to you?”

I asked. He said, “No, talk away, young fellow, it won’t do you a bit of good. I’m not going to pay attention to you; I am busy feeding the hogs.” And so I talked about my books. Being a farm boy, I thoughtlessly picked up a pair of shingles lying on the ground and started scratching the hogs’ backs as I was talking.

The farmer looked over, stopped, and said, “Anybody knows how to scratch a hog’s back, the way hogs like it, is somebody I want to know. How about having supper with me tonight and you can sleep overnight with no charge and I will buy your books. You like hogs. You know how to scratch ’em the way they liked to be scratched.”

by Milton Erickson

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One Response to “SCRATCHING HOGS BY MILTON ERICKSON”

  1. […] realize. This immediately made me remember a story told by NLP master Milton Erickson (copied from here): One summer I sold books to pay my way through college. I walked into a farmyard about five […]

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