Mon, 12 April 2021
INTRODUCING ANNA RIDENOUR:
I'll start this post by saying happy birthday to today's guest, Anna Ridenour, as her episode release date is on her 18th birthday! And, that does not happen that often.
Anna is the epitome of what can happen to a student when they get involved in the FFA. I have seen more than once that a student who joins the FFA has a passion develop, they develop skills to serve that passion, and they find themselves at a very advanced stage of life development by the time they graduate from high school.
In Anna's case, I have a hard time believing that there was ever a time that she did not have all the passion and enthusiasm that she currently has for agriculture, but those things grow over time. Today, Anna is serving in multiple officer positions both at her chapter and regional levels, and she is pursuing a spot on the Minnesota State Officer Team. She and her sister have been developing a sheep and goat business since they were seven years old, and they see great success with this, selling livestock into over half of the states.
Anna has her eye fixed on college next and veterinary school after that. She has recognized that as a goat producer herself, her Minnesota region does not have many veterinarians with significant knowledge about goats. Since this is her passion and wants to serve her community, she sees herself filling this void as a large animal vet.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned in this great interview. One of the most important is how to find your passion. It would be effortless to listen to Anna and believe that she has always known exactly what she wants to do, but that is not the case. She is just so fired up about the FFA, farming, and life that she has tried many things since joining the FFA in sixth grade. This has not only resulted in success, but it has failed in some cases. Most importantly, Anna has been able to identify what she is not passionate about by trying things that were not the right fit.
This is an important lesson. Sometimes we identify our passion not by figuring it out but by figuring out what is not our passion and looking at what options are left.
Direct download: OFI_1043__A_Passion_For_Ag__A_Community_Need__A_Drive_For_Veterinary_School___FFA_SAE_Edition___Anna_Ridenour___Triton_High_School_FFA.mp3
Category:FFA -- posted at: 12:30am MST