The #1 Quality Of Successful Professionals...

Successful professionals don’t just learn on the job or at school. In order to accelerate your career progression and remain competitive with others, it’s essential that you make a commitment to learning as part of your professional development.

 

One of the consistent similarities among wildly successful people – such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffet – is that they all put aside time every day to read. If you don’t enjoy reading, you’re in luck – there are audible versions of nearly every book out there, along with videos and Podcasts for those who learn auditorily.

The key to succeeding at this is to make this a part of your daily routine. Establishing that you will read or watch professional videos at a certain time every day makes you much more likely to stick to that habit.

Longmire Staffing Services recommends devoting at least an hour a week to professional development, which can be as little as 15 minutes a day from Monday to Friday. This makes the goal realistic, as setting goals that are too difficult may lead to feeling defeated and giving up all together.

Consistency and patience is key – remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Lots of people give up on consistent reading and education because it feels like they don’t see the results immediately. Always keep in mind that, like a crop that is planted and watered every day, it takes time to see the fruits of your labor.

Here are some of the best learning resources out there for professionals looking to take their skills to the next level and accelerate their careers:

  • Industry magazines and publications. Farm Journal, The Organic Report, Illinois/Indiana AgriNews, Modern farmer, Farm and Dairy, Delta Farm Press, Corn and Soybean Digest, Beef Magazine and Capital Press are all reputable publications but do some research to see if there are any others more specific to your area. Longmire advises speaking to your boss to see if he or she is willing to budget for subscriptions to some of these magazines, which can then be shared with the entire office.
  • Industry blogs and websites. AgProfessional.com, Agriculture Online, Farmers Weekly, Farms.com, Civil Eats, Agricultural Biodiversity and AgWired are all excellent choices. You can even join forums where you can discuss agricultural news with others from the industry, such as the Agriculture forum on Reddit. Try making your favorite agricultural website your homepage on your internet browser so it’s the first thing you see whenever you log on the internet.
  • Podcasts. Shark Farmer, Farmer to Farmer, RealAgriculture.com, AgWired, The Farming Podcast, Farm to Table Talk, Homesteady, Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living and others are all great resources for those who enjoy podcasts. Podcasts are excellent because you can listen to them anywhere, like when waiting in line at the grocery store, during your commute or while at the gym.
  • LinkedIn. It’s important to have an up to date profile on LinkedIn and to interact on the platform occasionally. Many of the best job offers and highest quality educational resources are shared on LinkedIn, and 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find new talent.
  • Online courses. There are many online courses that you can take that will teach you a new skill. Some are free or very low cost, and come with legitimate certifications. Coursera and Udemy are two great resources for professional development.
  • YouTube. Even YouTube can be a wonderful resource for professional learning. If you want to learn more about a specific technique, practice, strategy or theory in your industry, simply enter this into the search bar on YouTube and you will likely see a variety of results. This option is great for people who are visual learners.
  • Books. Last but not least, nothing replaces a good old fashioned book. You can read a book anywhere, of course, and it can be very fulfilling to start building your own professional library! Some books that we recommend are: The Farmer’s Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business by Julia Shanks, Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future (a culmination of publications and articles by those in our industry), Precision Agriculture Technology for Crop Farming by Qin Zhang, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber, The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work by Ben Hartman, among many others!

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