Now two and a half years later, and a ton of adversity behind him, Ben has a concrete grip on his position and has immersed himself fully into the BOEC culture. Relying heavily on his past experiences, he feels, is what makes him so successful.
“When I get to work on something that I’ve had experience with, it becomes very rewarding and I feel very efficient at it,” Ben says. “With all those past experiences I feel like I have the answers and it feels really nice to be in that frame of mind.”
And with that, we harken back to his days in Vevay helping Josh run the dairy farm. Ben enjoys getting to see the fruits of his labor after a hard day’s work, eliciting a sense of pride, something he missed before taking the job at the BOEC.
“Something I missed about when I was building log homes was when you build a house, you can drive down the road and see the end result of my work,” says Ben. “It’s definitely a fruit of your labor kind of job. And now at the BOEC, I find the same rewards in my work when my family – or other people – remark on the new tent platforms I built, or the new deck on the Griffith Lodge that I was in charge of creating. I take a lot of pride in what I’m doing on a daily basis.”
Just like Breckenridge, Ben’s job is very different during the summer and winter months. Yes, there is still some snow plowing on his plate, but the tender and empathetic nature of his personality has a preference for the time when people are more out and about, and there’s a buzz in the air.
“I prefer the action of summer because there’s a lot going on where I work (Griffith Lodge) and I really feed off having people around,” Ben says. “In the wintertime, it can get kind of dreary and I’m just fixing and organizing things so I don’t get to see the impact of what I’m doing. In the summer, I can directly impact what’s going on, I get some thank you’s, some high fives or smiles, and maybe even get invited to lunch once in a while.”
That leads to another aspect of Ben’s job that he enjoys the most. Enter the empath once again.
“Making our staff’s lives a little bit easier if I can, where I can, when I can is what it’s all about,” he says. “That’s why I got into this. I’ve always been searching for a job that helps people and changes lives and I think I’ve finally found where I’m meant to be.”
Speaking of meant to be, Ben likes to think of it as destiny.
“That’s how my wife put it, yes, destiny,” says Ben. “It’s kind of like the dream job. It combines who I am, my skills, my love for the outdoors, and these kinds of sports and stuff.”
When asked for three words to describe the BOEC, Ben is quick to answer, passion, adventure and camaraderie. Not really a surprise as we would be quick to argue that those exact three words describe Ben as well.
Maybe it truly was meant to be?!