Session 9.1: Richard Montañez | #1
Learn from your past.
“In order to find your future, many times you’ve got to go revisit your past,” explains Richard. “When you do that, you become a visionary.” For Richard, looking to his past helped him realize he wasn’t created to fit in as a Spanish-speaking Latino attending an Englishspeaking school. “I was created to stand out,” he says.
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Standing out from the crowd can be scary, uncomfortable, and overwhelming. But it can also push you to be your best! You will receive more criticism and scrutiny for being different. This added criticism can be used as fuel to work harder than others who are "the norm". As a female in agriculture, I have had several experiences standing out from the norm. I have worked in several positions over the years that were not "the norm" for a young female, including being a poultry field tech, large animal vet assistant, interim college agriculture program director, cattle farm owner, and Farm Bureau board of directors. I have received criticism in these roles from both males and females due to being different from "the norm", but I chose to not let it get me down and instead gave the jobs 110%. Someone once told me "Even if you think no one is watching and your work is not being validated, someone is always watching. It may not be those you are working closely with, but someone is watching and hard work is always recognized and leads to future success". This has definitely proven true in my career.
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