Building Blocks

He could work at his own pace with the simple goal of completing these kiosks within the designated time frame. There was a shop full of new tools so he didn’t have to replace his own and he was working five days a week among friendly people who were interested in his skills and wanted to learn from him. I went out to the shop to visit him one afternoon and I cannot recall seeing him that happy in the last 15 years.

George Bernard Shaw once said, “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

The logic of hiring a seasoned and skilled veteran who can both teach and love his work appears to be a win/win situation as far as I can see. A choice I heartily recommend.

Ronald D. Ciancutti is the purchasing manager for Cleveland Metroparks, a metropolitan park system that encircles Cuyahoga County and includes more than 20,000 acres of natural land, six golf courses, seven nature centers, a variety of special interest facilities and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Ron can be reached at

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