Can You Haul It?

June 1, 2012

Make Sure Your Skills Are Up To Your Claims

By Tom Kelley

When chatting on the CB or at the lunch counter, it’s one thing to be confident of your abilities, but quite another to back up grand claims.

An old construction joke illustrates the risk of bragging.

Frank, a strong young man at the construction site, was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of John, one of the older workmen. After several minutes, John had enough.

“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is?” John said. “I will bet a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won’t be able to wheel back.”

“You’re on, old man,” Frank the braggart replied. “It’s a bet! Let’s see what you got.”

John reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, “All right. Get in.”

Remember, as smart and skilled as you think you may be, there’s always somebody out there who is smarter and/or more skilled.