By Lauren Schwab
LOUISVILLE – The KFC Yum! Center quickly filled with thousands of FFA members Wednesday evening during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in anticipation of country music sensations Justin Moore and Easton Corbin. While their musical talent and flawless stage presence captivated the audience, the artists remind FFA members of the hard work behind stage to achieve career success.
“After I was done with college I went straight to Nashville. To follow this dream you have to be there to make it happen. To go all out you have to put your heart out there,” Corbin said. Corbin has partnered with the Ram Truck brand to thank hard-working and dedicated FFA members as part of Ram brand’s celebration of the “Year of the Farmer.” “It’s an honor to get out there and give back to such a great organization,” Corbin said.
Corbin encourages FFA members to go all out for their dreams despite any self-doubt they have. “You have to believe in yourself and believe in your talents and what your dream is. For me, I remember when I had stage fright. At one point I thought, I love to sing, this is what I want to do, so I can’t let something like stage fright keep me back from it,” Corbin said, “It’s about going all out and giving what you got, just go out there and do it.”
For Justin Moore, the importance of hard work to achieve career success is no different. “No matter what you’re doing, go do it to the best of your ability. If you want something you have to go out and get it,” Moore said. “To get to the top of your business you have to have a strong work ethic. It’s been a huge part of my success.”
Moore advises FFA members to take a struggle or challenge they have gone through and use it for personal growth toward their career success. “There’s always going to be obstacles; there’s always going to be lows. We really find out about ourselves and find out what were made of when there are the lows. When you can have a high after a low that’s when you’re doing something,” Moore said.
Moore encourages FFA members to go all out for their dreams despite all odds. “Go do what you want to do and only you are in charge of your life. It doesn’t really matter if somebody tells you what you can’t do, you can go do it,” Moore said. “I am a prime example; I grew up in a town of 300 people and this (being a country music artist) is not something you’re supposed to be able to do. I would say (to FFA members) go do it, and when you get knocked back down… get back up on the horse and keep on.”
Corbin and Moore demonstrated to FFA members what it is to go all out to achieve career success. Now is the time for members to put in the hard work, go out and do it.