In many ways, farmers are traditionalists. Most of the old tried and true values and systems seem to work best on the farm, with a hint of modern and technology thrown in. This week on Corn Corps, we will use famous quotes spouting historical wisdom from even more famous Americans as a platform to tell you more about Illinois corn farmers and agriculture.
”Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -Albert Schweitzer
Cisne, Illinois – population 700. Tractors, trucks, livestock, crops, and muddy boots. If you blink while driving through Cisne, you’ll miss it. Agriculture is a key part to my home town as it is in any other rural community. We are home to many successful farmers. How did they become successful? Like the quote says, “happiness is the key to success.” Farming makes them happy as they achieve to provide everyone with food, fuel, and fiber. Imagine if a farmer didn’t enjoy what they were doing, we would all suffer.
As a young Jenna I enjoyed riding horses as I still do. My parents got me involved in a 4-H club so I could practice and show my horse against other kids my age. As time went on I added a photography project to my 4-H list as well. After my many years in 4-H I can now open the back of the horse trailer or dig through photo albums and see many different colored ribbons and plaques that I won throughout the years. Going to 4-H practice was never really a dreadful experience for me as it wasn’t for any of my other friends. It was a ‘happy time’ that we could all spend together and ride horses and do what we enjoyed.
Upon entering high school I had already decided that I was interested in FFA although I didn’t know a whole lot about it other than seeing pictures in our local newspaper. After four years of being an active FFA member I can honestly say that joining FFA was one of the best decisions I could have ever made while in high school. My first two years of high school I played volleyball and literally dreaded every single day that I had to go to practice and celebrated when practice got canceled. Once I realized my negativity towards the sport wasn’t making me a successful player I decided to just stick with FFA. Being involved in FFA was an awesome experience for me and I took hold of the horns and succeeded in many different areas.
FFA is an organization that allows students to explore different areas of agriculture as well as meet many different people. As many may or may not know, FFA is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States with over 520,000 members, in 7, 439 chapters throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA is the largest of the career and student organizations in U.S. schools. I don’t think there is a better program out there for young adults. At state and national FFA conventions students are being awarded for many different categories. This organization can be a big commitment but it obviously makes kids happy, so they therefore succeed.
My dad has always told me – “make sure you’re doing something as a career that you enjoy or it’s going to be a long road.” I definitely took this to heart when choosing my major in college and even the clubs that I joined.
The point I’m trying to get across is to do what makes you happy, whatever it may be…jobs or clubs. When you look forward to go to going to work, meetings, or class, (or don’t dread it at least) you will find that you will become more successful.
I wish all of you the best of luck in finding your own successful happiness!