Author: Jim Moran - General Manager

Ignore the Critics; Do the Work


(Excerpt from The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon)

Positive leaders don’t lead because they want recognition or enemies. They lead because there is something they must do, build, create, transform, and change. They lead because it’s who they are and what they are meant to do. However, with leadership comes scrutiny, praise, critics, and attacks. A leader could find a cure for cancer and would still have some people criticize them for it. There was even once a leader who transformed the world by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and loving the unlovable, and yet he was killed for it. If you are a leader, expect to be attacked. Positive leadership doesn’t mean you won’t be criticized. It means you have the grit and belief to overcome it. Positive leaders don’t lead in a tranquil sea of positivity, but through the storms of adversity and negativity.

Leadership is knowing that the critics will criticize you while still saying what needs to be said and doing what needs to be done. History doesn’t remember the critics. It remembers the one who withstood criticism to accomplish something great.

In our modern social-media–driven world, you will have more fans and critics than ever. The keys are: Don’t let praise go to your head and don’t let critics into your head. Be so invested in your craft that you don’t have time to listen to the naysayers. No time for negativity. You’re too busy creating the future. If I would have listened to the naysayers and critics, I would have stopped working on my craft years ago. I want to encourage you to never let the opinion of others define you and your future. Your identity doesn’t come from what the world says about you. It comes from who you are on the inside. Your work, leadership, and mission are too important to allow others to define your destiny.

No matter what anyone says, just show up and do the work.

If they praise you, show up and do the work.

If they criticize you, show up and do the work.

If no one even notices you, just show up and do the work.

Just keep showing up, doing the work, and leading the way.

Lead with passion.

Fuel up with optimism.

Have faith.

Power up with love.

Maintain hope.

Be stubborn.

Fight the good fight.

Refuse to give up.

Ignore the critics.

Believe in the impossible.

Show up.

Do the work.

You’ll be glad you did.

True grit leads to true success.

Stay Positive,

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Make a difference today,
Love Clint Hurdle

Field Directions


Hidden Valley Park (Fields 1, 3 and Jim Moran 2): Take I-70 and exit at #17 Little Blue Parkway, turn south and go .4 miles to Heartland Drive, turn left and go to stop sign, turn left onto Valley View Road: Go ½ mile to main entrance to park on the right just past soccer fields parking lot. Baseball fields will be in sight.
Blue Springs South High: Take I-70 and exit at #21 Adams Dairy Parkway, turn south and go 1.7 miles (first street after 5th traffic light) turn right . You will see the field on your right.
Blue Springs High: Take I-70 and exit at #20 7 Highway. From 7 Highway, go south to 1st light and turn right (west) on the south outer road. Go 1 mile to 22nd street and turn left. At the next stop sign, you can see the school parking lot across the street. The field is at the south side of this lot.
Take I-70 and exit at #18 Woods Chapel. Go south to first light and turn left on south outer road. Go .8 miles to 22nd street and turn right. At stop sign, you can see the school parking lot across the street. The field is at the south side of this lot.
From Hidden Valley Park, turn right at park entrance onto Valley View. At the stop light, cross Woods Chapel and continue until street dead ends at the third stop sign. Turn left and continue around curve until you come to the high school on your right. The ball field is on the south side of the parking lot.
Grain Valley High School: From I-70 & Exit 24 (Grain Valley/Buckner) go South on Buckner Tarsney Rd/Main St/Rte AA about 1 mile. Turn right on SW Eagles Pkwy/Rte AA. School is on left side. Turn Left on Kirby Rd and follow to parking lots on south side of school. Field is on southeast corner of school.