An important part of our social and professional lives is sharing energy with others outside our immediate family. We have a choice whether we want to get bogged down with negative energy or thrive around positive energy.
I feel privileged to be part of the 2014 Kellogg Rural Leaders programme run by Lincoln University. The benefits of the programme are far-reaching none more so than the experience of working and socialising alongside positive, energetic and fun people.
Positive networking really is a critical element of success and can be obtained from anywhere including sports, industry groups or even forming your own networking group with others looking for motivation and sharing ideas. The great thing with networking outside farming is that people don’t really want to hear about your negative problems and if they do maybe it is the wrong group to be involved in.
The other benefit is people outside farming see things in a different light. Recently I was discussing my week with a fellow Kellogger in particular how farmers are feeling under pressure during the dry summer. My friend questioned why it is a problem given summer comes every year so surely everyone is prepared for it which is a refreshing way to look at it.
Every business has pressures and challenges and every business has good times and opportunity, the key is to be positive and be able to share this with others and share support when it is needed.