[Note: Bob originally posted this Justice Smiles’ article at BoundaryDisputeLaw.com on December 23, 2018.]

At Church this morning, the pastor indicated that his folks have property in Maryland’s Appalachia where the Amish also reside. He then spoke to the fact that a draft horse had the ability to individually pull 8,000 lbs.

His question was then what is the amount that two draft horses together can pull. The answer is not the additive of 16,000 lbs. It’s an initial geometric tripling to 24,000 lbs.

Then, the pastor noted something even more amazing yet. When the horses have been teamed together for a fair amount of time, the draw load can go up as high as 32,000 lbs.

Now, I will admit that I know absolutely nothing on this subject and I have not done any fact checking to assure that all of this is accurate. So, I guess if you think that I may be mislead by a man of the cloth, by all means feel free to do the research and correct me.

Until that happens though, I am going to assume that this is the reality. And in doing so, I want to draw another point to Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

He indicates that it is critical to have a mastermind group which he describes as at least 2 or more people who are working in harmony towards a common purpose.

If I am to understand the takeaway properly, the result is that there is not an additive benefit when working in harmony with others, but rather one can increase benefit geometrically. Good!

Now, let’s think about what happens if you pair a couple of draft horses, but have them pulling in exactly the opposite direction.

Sure, it’s nice to think that a pair of Levis Jeans can hold up to the pressure, but that’s a lot of countervailing force.

If that which binds though is stronger than the force of the two horses diametrically opposed, what happens as to progress?

Obviously, there is little to none!

And this is exactly where I want to make may point. For those folks that want to hitch up and pull against their neighbors by pulling the boundary line in the neighbors direction and vice versa, the law essentially is going to have you at a virtual stalemate.

So, wouldn’t it be much better to get on the same page as your neighbor and just sort out the problem?

That has always been my approach. Yet, this approach takes a tremendous amount of sales effort to get my clients, opposing counsel, and the neighbors all on board.

At the end of the day, week, month, year, and now decade, when I look at the benefit, while I know it is important to help people to come to peace and that lawyers provide a better alternative than for two warring parties to simply step of ten paces, turn, draw, and shoot … I want to help people work together to get meaningful things accomplished.

I still have a fair degree of reticence about moving in this new direction, but as my friends this holiday season all seem to advise … so, you have about 15 – 20 years of work left ahead of you.

That’s time I can’t be wasting doing something that no longer makes sense for me.

I’m not adverse to doing the equivalent of a draft horse, but the work has to be meaningful.

If not, I’m just marking the days until I get a chance to go to the great beyond.

That’s just not at all the way to live! Wouldn’t you agree? Cheers!

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Bob Zierman

Robert WM Zierman is the managing attorney at Justice Smiles, pllc. He has studied and practiced boundary dispute law generally and the law of Quiet Title/Adverse Possession specifically since opening his law firm in 2008.
A regular contributor to the King County…

Robert WM Zierman is the managing attorney at Justice Smiles, pllc. He has studied and practiced boundary dispute law generally and the law of Quiet Title/Adverse Possession specifically since opening his law firm in 2008.
A regular contributor to the King County Bar Association’s Bar Bulletin, Robert often writes about his niche practice arena. That forum has allowed him an opportunity to present several novel concepts he uses to assist his clients to more quickly, painlessly, and cost effectively resolve issues with their neighbors.