Community and rural advocate Sarah Powell was guest speaker at the most recent Cleve Probus Club meeting.
Ms Powell spoke to the group about her rules of thought and the way she tackles problems and turns them into learning opportunities.
She said her favourite thought was “everyday people can do extraordinary things”.
Her four rules of thought are: to think beyond current trends; be prepared to pass on knowledge; set aside your personal agendas and work together; and invest in the future.
She spoke on how to effectively ask for help and to use mentors to provide essential guidance.
“Learning along the way setbacks don't necessarily set you back, it may just mean a change of direction,” Ms Powell said.
Ms Powell discussed the impact of the economy on one generation in outback Australia and the value of volunteers in rural Australia.
She stressed the importance of sporting clubs as the core fabric of rural communities.
She was the winner of the South Australian and National Rural Women's Award for the concept of the Champion's Academy, which she has implemented at Ports football and netball club.