“There’s always another way.” – Thomas Edison
A year ago, while attending a conference in a major city, I would either walk several blocks from my hotel to the conference or ride the subway each day. Travelling through the city, I noticed that the majority of the people wore ear buds (small in-ear headphones) and were somewhat oblivious to what was going on around them. People walked down the street silently, heads down, avoiding people and traffic by means of peripheral vision, never making eye contact with passers-by and never engaging those around them.
A few months back I was visiting with a company about developing a training program for their employees. Management felt the employees needed work on communication and teamwork skills. The leaders stated that the employees were always grumbling about various things and constantly missing deadlines; they were not being team players and did not understand the importance of the assigned tasks.
“You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.” - Seth Godin
On a recent trip to Washington D.C., I had the privilege of wandering through the National Art Gallery for an afternoon. As I looked at the masterpieces, I couldn’t help but compare the work of these “masters” to the work done by millions of workers each day in their own art studios.
I live in Idaho, which is typically not a very progressive state, and to be honest, I think I like it that way. Idaho tends to lag behind the rest of the states in many areas, but the last couple of years Idaho tried to move to the forefront of the national education debate. The cry for educational reform has rung loudly, with initiatives making the ballot boxes in numerous states. While the public education system is in need of repair, another education system is silently undergoing radical changes using stackable credentials.
I attended a meeting last week where the discussion centered on entrepreneurship and what skill sets are required for success. One of the guest presenters told a short story regarding the power of positive thinking in response to a participant comment. The story was about a radio ad selling a DVD training program on using the power of positive thinking to get what you want. In response to the ad, the presenter sent a certified letter to the company asking them to envision receiving a check from him, then when they got the check to go ahead and send him the DVD’s. Needless to say, two years later he still has not received his DVD’s.
Agriculture rarely tops the “news of the day” unless there is a food recall or a drastic increase in the price of commodities. On any given day, agriculture and those who work in it don’t play a major role in the public’s daily thought menu.
Consequently, the general public does not give much thought to the dangers in agriculture and particularly the dangers faced by youth in agriculture. Agriculture has one of the highest injury rates of any professional field, and has many hazards that can severely injure or kill.