So_You_Want_To_Be_A_Farmer_ by MarijanStefanovic

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									Title: So You Want To Be A Farmer?

Word Count: 450

Summary: When you ask most young boys and girls what they want to do when they
grow up, you will be hard pressed to find one that wants to be a farmer. That wouldn't be
true fifty or one hundred years ago, but it is true today. There are many reasons that most
children do not grow up with intentions of being a farmer, but probably the single biggest
factor in their choice comes from what they see their parents doing.

As the number of farms and hence farmers has decreased steadily i...


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Article Body: When you ask most young boys and girls what they want to do when they
grow up, you will be hard pressed to find one that wants to be a farmer. That wouldn't be
true fifty or one hundred years ago, but it is true today. There are many reasons that most
children do not grow up with intentions of being a farmer, but probably the single biggest
factor in their choice comes from what they see their parents doing.

As the number of farms and hence farmers has decreased steadily in our country, it only
makes sense that fewer and fewer children and teens are being raised with a desire to be a
farmer themselves. There are, after all, a wide variety of professions that are far more
exciting and that pay far more money than being a farmer.

I did, however, meet one young boy whose life ambition was to be a farmer. When I
asked him about it, he simply answered that he wanted to be a farmer because he loves
being outside and he loves helping people get food. I thought this was quite a profoundly
simple answer. I asked if he knew anyone that was a farmer and he replied that he didn't.
He said that he read about being a farmer in a book at school and that he figured it was
the best way to ensure that hungry people could eat.

As a career counselor, I am always attentive to the reasons why people are choosing
particular careers. This young boy was entering a career because it sounded like a great
way to enjoy something he loved while doing something that helped society. If only
every person would think about those two factors when they decided to enter a profession
then our society would be a much better place. I see far too few people know what they
are passionate about and how their passion can make a positive difference in the world.
Not many people have their stuff together as well as this little boy who simply wanted to
be a farmer.

Before you decide to be a farmer or to enter any other profession, you need to think
through your goals and your talents quite seriously. Whatever profession you choose
should be something not only that you love, but also something that does something good
for someone else.

Think about my small farmer friend the next time you need to be inspired in choosing a
career that is best for you. Think about his simple desire to be outside and to help people
get good food to eat. And then be inspired to do something equally as simple and as
passionate.

								
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