Are You A Risk Taker?

We’ll be participating in the BIG Idea Competition again this year.  A West Central FFA member, participating through the Ag Leadership class has won the competition two of the last three years.  Last year, WCFFA members represented two of the eight state finalists; not bad! That’s $2000 that came back to Hartford and Humboldt through this competition.  We’ve also had the Market Design winner one of those three years, that prize is $500.

Completing an entry in The BIG Idea is a REQUIREMENT for this class.

Access the BIG Idea here

Read the rules here

Create a Student Account by clicking on “Student Login” and then click the Red “Create Your Student Login” button.  Be sure that for your entry for this class, you select Linda Petersen as your instructor, not Lana Main. Otherwise, I will not be able to access your entry and grade your work.  Yes, if you are doing a BIG Idea for Ms. Main’s class, you’ll have to come up with another, better idea for Ag Leadership.

Your entry for The BIG Idea will be due October 26, 2015.  I know the due date says the 31st, but many of us will be in Louisville then.  I want to make sure everyone gets their things submitted without problems before we leave.

The application asks you to answer 5 questions.  You can read Rachel’s winning entry from last year here:

2015 Winning Big Idea

You can see information on past winners’ ideas here.

You’ve got lots of time, but don’t wait until the last minute and then do a crappy job!  Spend some time doing some research, see what small business ideas are hot right now, then do the research to figure out the market and business end of things.  You can see by reading Rachel’s entry from last year that she put in some time working our all the kinks.  You want to have all the facts laid out for the judges.

1199What’s a risk you’re thinking about taking?  Have you always thought it would be cool to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?  What about bungee jumping off of some ridiculously high bridge?  Is there an activity you’d like to try, but have to come up with the courage to do so? What’s been stopping you from taking those risks?  Alternatively, are there some risks you wish you hadn’t taken?  What did you learn from that experience.  What’s the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone and tried something totally different than you’d ever done?  Tell me all about it.

Your post is due Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.

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