Be a Baker

We subscribe to a lot of digital communications.

Some communications come to us because of affiliate groups we’re a part of, commodity associations we belong to, partner communications we’re invested in or just plain industry commentary we need to read and understand in order to operate our farmer-owned business effectively.

Energy market updates.

Agronomic insights.

Futures and predictions.

Commentary and opinions.

There is often a lot to digest.

But recently, one column made us stop and reflect.

We found this to be insightful, perhaps in perfect time. So, this week we’re sharing it with you.

Be a “Baker”

I was once given a book written by business guru Guy Kawasaki called “Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions“. In the book, Kawasaki talks extensively about transforming difficult situations into incredible relationships. He also talks about changing skeptics and cynics into believers and the undecided into the loyal. 

One of my favorite Kawasaki thoughts is to “Be a Baker and not an Eater”. In simple terms, this means contributing more to a relationship, business or community than you consume. A baker believes they can always make more pie and that the pie won’t run out. Their generous, giving spirit helps others bake their own pie and even shares their pie. If you can always make more, you have an endless supply of pie. No need to be selfish. 

Being a baker allows you to grow and enrich other’s lives as you share your ideas. Michael Hyatt calls this scarcity vs. abundance. “One leads to success, joy and fulfillment, while the other leads to failure, fear and discontent.” If you are an individual who can get the job done, take a project from start to finish, and not care about the reward or the money you receive to do it, then you are a “baker”. 

This is a skill that is very hard to come by; it’s the ability to execute, which is far more valuable than education, talent, or a great idea. An individual could have the greatest education in the world; or the most potential talent; or the greatest idea … but until those are acted upon that is all they will be, just an idea or talk. The ability to “execute” and contribute without knowing the reward is much more valuable because it is action, it is substantive. 

Moral of the story, don’t be an eater who is so completely consumed with getting their piece of the pie. Rather than learning to “take” go out and learn how to “make”. I love the simplicity, go do and the rest will take care of itself…

Thank you to The Van Trump Report for first sharing this message.

Our Encouragement of Youth in Agriculture

It was cold, but they showed up.

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Harvest Land understands that high school students in our trade territory are a tremendous asset as they emerge as the future generation of leaders within the workplace. With one-third of our workforce retiring in the next 3-5 years and many similar stories echoing throughout the agriculture industry, the career options that students interested in ag will encounter are tremendous.

_DSC0784This week and next,  we welcome high school ag students to our local ag centers as we help them discover the many career options at the cooperative, including roles as Agronomists, Custom Applicators, Office Support Administrators, Fuel and Propane Delivery Drivers and much more.

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Whether today’s students are focused on heading to college or simply graduating high school, our employees are excited to share their similar stories and experiences that have brought them to where they are today.

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Students in attendance got to tour our facilities and encounter several stations along the way, which provided interactive experiences for students. All segments of our cooperative business, Agronomy, Energy, Grain and Feed, are represented during these career day events.

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As your local cooperative, we appreciate any opportunity to encourage youth participation and education within agriculture.

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We truly appreciate the schools and teachers who participate in these career days, which provides an enhanced view of local careers post-graduation while simultaneously raising awareness on some options for scholarships, internships and learning tools in the interim.

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We’re proud to be local.

We’re proud to work safely and as a team.

We’re proud to be owned by 5,500 dedicated farmers.

We’re proud to employ so many in rural Ohio and Indiana.

We’re proud to do work daily that enhances the lives of so many.

We’re proud to have so many different career opportunities within one company which can satisfy the curious minds and busy hands of so many in rural America.

We’re proud to be Harvest Land.

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