There’s a psychological anomaly called the Pygmalion Effect by which higher expectations actually result in an increase in performance. That is to say that if people, yourself included, believe in your abilities to accomplish something, you are more likely to succeed.
The reverse effect, by which low expectations lead to poorer performance, is dubbed the Golem Effect.
‘We can speak at 125 words per minute, but we can think at 900 words per minute. The likelihood that the first thing you say is actually the thing you mean is about 1 in 9 or 11 percent. ‘Oscar Trimbole
Today’s lesson learnt is inspired by a journal entry by Wool Young Farming Champion and volunteer extraordinaire Lucy Collingridge. Lucy has some words of wisdom for young people starting their career and a reminder to us all we can all be leaders.
“Are you off a farm?” – This is a question that I hear more days than not as I work and live in Australian agriculture. When I reply with “No, I had no connection to agriculture until I was 15”, I receive a vast array of reactions. From the intrigue as to how I ended up with my life revolving around the Australian agricultural industry to the judgement that I have no place providing advice to our farmers, and everything in between. At the early stages of my career, as a new graduate with limited agricultural experience but a great passion to make a difference, I let these reactions affect my mood and approach to the industry. I let the doubt creep in and started to second guess myself.
That changed five years ago when I identified mentors to support my career and life journey . We can all benefit from the advice and guidance of someone who has been there and done that. My mentors have shown me that it is possible to become the person I want to be in spite of the inner and outer obstacles I face.
During my time at university, through my involvement at agricultural shows and as a result of the opportunities I have accessed, I have met countless people who were like me and had no connection to agriculture at a young age. So many of the successful, passionate and dedicated agriculturalists working in our industry today were not from a farm, yet they have just as much and if not more to give to the sustainability and longevity of our industry as those who were born on the land.
As an industry, we have a responsibility to welcome newcomers with full support and no judgement. Outside-in thinking means having the courage to fling the window open to people who can offer new insights. We may find these new agriculturalists could hold the secret to so many of our long running issues
To those who are only starting out in our industry, I encourage you to jump at every opportunity you are offered and take on board all positive and negative feedback and assess it through the lens of “Is the person giving me this advice or making this judgement the type of person I aspire to be?”.
I encourage you to not feel diminished by other people’s judgments. Instead use your passion, your actions and successes to speak for themselves.
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