Baling hay and career success

Baling hay and career success

Jul 29
Jean Drasgow, Director of Career Services
  

Growing up on a small farm, each summer we would bale hay and straw into square bales. To accomplish the task, we’d hire extra help for the day. Securing help could be challenging because everyone’s fields were ready at the same time. My mother often used her reputation of good cooking to effectively secure help. What I didn’t realize until later is how amazing it was that my mom baled hay all day AND made a meal that farm help appreciated.

Before any of the help would arrive, my mom would be busy making pies or cobbler, forming hamburger patties, fixing a casserole, making a salad, slicing tomatoes, and peeling potatoes — readying everything for the noon meal. Then she would drive the tractor until all the hay was baled. During the time it took to unload the final wagon, she’d race back to the house to boil the potatoes, fry the hamburgers, heat up the casserole — ultimately placing a huge homemade meal for a dozen people on the table.

In work, at school, and life in general, if you plan ahead, you can maximize what you accomplish. To get the most out of your career/life, you need to plan how you can accomplish your dreams. If you simply show up for your job rather than dreaming of what you want to achieve and making a plan to execute the dream you won’t have as much capacity. Set your goals, plan how to achieve them and become successful!