I used to live by my old "10%" rule, which used to mean to me that I had to be 10% smarter than the machines or equipment I was working on. I graduated from MSU-Northern with a Bachelor's Degree in Diesel Technology, and soon ended up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, North Dakota shortly after. This thought of being 10% smarter than whatever I was working on, became a second nature. I would say it to others without even thinking half the time, "come on, you just have to be 10% smarter than that tractor!" I slowly started to realize my new "10% rule" had evolved into being at least 10% more passionate, hardworking, and excited to be where I am today, than I was yesterday.
I spent the last decade working on heavy duty equipment, farming with my husband and his family's 4th generation farm, as well as teaching. I woke up one day knowing that I just had to do more. I can't explain it, and I still don't understand it. But, I do know that I'm home with the Arndt Agency, finally. I no longer sit in that mindset that associates my 10% being focused on being smarter than the equipment I'm working on-- I've shifted my 10% into being a focus to be 10% better today, than I was yesterday. My ever-changing 10% can be flexible and fluid, and adapt to every situation I come across, as long as I know that my goal is to leave everything at least 10% better than how I found it.
The thing about insurance is that it's not the 'sexy gig.' It's not the forefront of most people's minds. It's not the dinner topic that comes up for any reason. I get it, I do. But as I learn more everyday about being a parent, being a teacher, being a farmer, and now being a licensed agent-- I discovered how important those "less than flattering" conversations really are, and I put myself in a career path that helps me inform others about how they can financially secure their futures.
Ashton Kutcher said it best when he said, "I believe opportunity looks a lot like hard work." And my goals and aspirations will be ever evolving, but my baseline will always be to work 10% harder today than I did yesterday, be 10% smarter than yesterday's Kylee, and leave at least 10% more families protected each day.
Sunshine, rain, or even snow-- you'll always find me outside learning how to do better 100% of the time, and I am grateful that Family Heritage has given me an opportunity to make an impact.