This week our Young Farming Champions are continuing their deep dive with Cynthia Mahoney into How to Ask for More, they are learning to handle the people who are stuck in the drama triangle and in particular the people who want to be rescued. I personally find them more insidious than the bullies
I am very passionate about giving our Young Farming Champions the skills to take others on the journey with them as painlessly as possible.
I definitely don’t want too many people to feel the need to go on my journey to drive change.
Persistence is part of my DNA, thinking “no” means “almost YES” a glass half full strategy.
When you get a reputation as a person who never gives up ( if only they knew how wrong they are – I tried that once – wasn’t very good at that) others who mean well often take advantage.
I have had some very rewarding wins
I have been on some scary journeys. When some NSW vets asked me would I step up on this and have it phased out I hadn’t even heard of the practice ( nor had most farmers in states beyond Victoria and Tasmania – Again this is an example of the push to have food at rock bottom prices is not good for animals or people or the planet.) It took 9 years but it happened, and it certainly told me agr-politics was not for me.
In 2022 I am on a mission to enable everyone who works in agriculture to feel they can be loud and proud. That the best people apply and stay to work in the industry that helps nourish the nation.
I have been around long enough to know there are still several things we have to address before we can put our hands on our heart and say we are doing enough as a sector to achieve that.
This takes are lot of lobbying and sometimes in my case calling things out.
Its hard work, at times I struggle and I journal my pain.
We can all work together and build a better world or we can focus on bettering our world
I am grateful to everyone who is on this journey to build a better world with me.