Sgt. Bill Arganda

As a former Westminster Police sergeant, i had the privilege of working and supervising nearly every bureau and assignment offered a cop at the agency. One such role was that of background and recruitment investigator, in charge of hiring new cops (as well as support staff).

I bring this up because recently i found there was a great candidate friend that failed out of training with an agency. In a moment their dreams, hopes and professional goals were gone like that. Such feeling of failure instantly deminished  their drive and gave way to the belief that this was no longer their career, even though days prior, it was all they breathed, thought and wanted.

Simply because their potential with that agency ended, it did not mean their career opportunities ended. Sometimes we’re right for the job, but have to find the right fit to do that job, the right place to call home and thrive in a career. ..any career. Don’t let what you have to contribute fade away simply because of one disappointment.

Far too often we let failure dictate our continued life direction (or lack of). When our plans turn from our presumed direction, we too quickly convince ourselves that that must not have been our life plan after all. Instead of taking that obstacle as a challenge and chance to grow, we take it as justification to excuse and quit. Sure there may be events that should cause definite change in course, but don’t conclude that so soon, without first trying anew, trying harder and smarter.

A true worthy challenge should come with obstacles, forks in the road and events that place us in vulnerable internal areas. It’s what creates results that only a meaningful challenge can present and produce.

So next time you find yourself blocked, stopped, frustrated, don’t let it tell you your done, instead, tell yourself your done making excuses.