Human beings are hard wired to do meaningful work

‘For every single human being, the way that we are wired as human beings, is we need to directly see and connect how the work that we are doing is helping others. That is something we all innately need as human beings. Its hard wired into us.” Scott Anthony Barlow

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How wonderful is the recent rain

Twenty years ago when I left my community pharmacy role, I knew wanted something different. I wanted something different and I wanted it to feel much more meaningful to me.

Whilst I was figuring out what that was, I became a full-time dairy farmer.

Being a farmer is highly meaningful work that my family love doing. However, it is  not valued at the point of sale and farmers returns for what they do, and they do a hell of a lot more than produce food are not something that would get me out of bed every day. Changing this is a whole of industry role and I have found agriculture seems to think it is somebody else’s role.

My meaningful work became changing the culture in agriculture from it being somebody else’s problem to it being everybody’s opportunity.

Meaningful work for me in 2020 sees me working with the team at Picture You in Agriculture where we build the capacity of young people to thrive in business and life.

We use agriculture as a lens, and we work with champions and clusters of organisations and schools to provide educational equity and excellence for all young Australians. We want all young Australians to have equal opportunity to be successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

We get to meet extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. One of those is Kris Beazley who is the Principal of the Centre of Agricultural Excellence at Richmond.

Kris who we profiled here is one of those people who spend her life adding value to others. I have introduced her to many of the wonderful people who have supported Picture You in Agriculture’s journey. She is a joy to watch. Each time she connects with others something wonderful happens

Do you have people in your life like that?

 

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