Creating Hurdles

Ben stood there flabbergasted. He began to realize that much of what he had assumed about his boss had been his own interpretation, his own fears unresolved. The boss HAD seen his abilities he just didn’t know how to channel or utilize them. In the end, he did Ben the ultimate favor and recognized his abilities and championed them to the supervision. Now the pressure to perform was on Ben and it had been the chance he was seeking. Was he up to the task or had it been easier to simply blame the boss and his lack of compassion and understanding?

Ben went home and did some serious thinking. He closed the door to his home office and wrote out his thoughts, his reservations and a few outlines to implement the plans he had been thinking about. The more he got on paper the more he realized he COULD have been doing all along – even WITH the old boss. When the evening was over Ben had established a good plan of attack. He knew what he wanted to say and how he was going to say it. He knew the pros and cons and could present that as part of his plan. And he knew one most important thing. The only thing that was holding him back all this time was himself. His “misunderstanding” boss was simply one giant excuse; had been for years. It had become so easy to lay it all off on that. Now with a fresh approach Ben looked forward to his new role and had a surge of energy to carry him forward and propel his career. He knew well he almost missed it. He knew even more so that he almost did it to himself.

How many of us are in there creating our own hurdles because of assumptions and misinterpretations? Only one way to resolve all that; get in there and never quit – find a way around the obstacles, over the hurdles, under the brick walls and mainly AWAY from the excuses. When you dig down deep, what have you got in there? If you are at all afraid of what you might find you better stop talking that talk because you just may be asked to walk that walk.

Ron Ciancutti is the Director of Procurement for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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One comment on “Creating Hurdles

  1. John Kennedy on said:

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoy the weekender and look forward to it each week. I have been in Parks and Recreation along time and I enjoy the differnt perspective that you provide. I do not always totally agree, but your writings do inspire thought and in some cases action. We all want to make contributions to our organizations, but build walls around ourselves to keep us safe in our little fortress.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    John Kennedy Parks and Recreation Director
    Raymore Missouri

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