Today everybody is a con artist or a cynic

In 2007 I had a call from a lady who told me that the region had selected me as their ‘local food hero’ and I would be featured on the front cover of the phone book. I laughed I thought it was a radio prank. Believe me it took the nice lady quite some time to convince me not to hang up on her. I don’t think I really believed her until the photographer turned up


Three years later when I was selected again as the person ‘most making a difference in the community’ I was wary but much more polite but that guy on the local radio can be very convincing.

These days if I win an award I get inundated with these.

World Wide Who's Who'

If I apply for a trademark I get inundated by letters from lawyers who can fast track the process for mega bucks.

Anything I watch on YouTube suddenly there is something in my face advertising a product that is similar. YouTube has decided that at the moment I am a camera fanatic fascinated by short, sharp clever footage about agriculture (currently surfing the net for great ag footage for Archibull Prize curriculum)

Facebook has decided that I am obese. Apparently they can tell that from my picture?

Happy healthy cows

Twitter tells me the world is laughing at me. So on one had I am a vane obese celebrity and on the other a vane obese laughing stock.

Then of course there are the regular emails from various banks, Nigeria and Microsoft who are crying out for my password. I have so many different passwords these day I am lucky to remember what they are let alone share them with people I have never heard of.

Then Fedex et al want to fill my computer with viruses

Yes all these first world problems turning me into a cynic and causing me to once again sweat the small stuff. But I so worry about all those people out there who get conned by this stuff

Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life

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