Thursday, March 17, 2016

Woodworking Talent

I often get complemented on my work, skill, and knowledge. The word "master" has even been thrown around. Really I'm just a skillful 34 year old journeyman that has a ton still to learn.
I have failed miserably countless times. But I have always get up, lift my head, and I keep fighting for what I love. I have the desire, the determination, and dedication to be the best at what I do. It's about the craft and making a solid living doing what I love.

Here is a few of my favorite inspirational quotes of failure:

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert F. Kennedy

" Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not defeat, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." - Denis Waitley

" There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." -Pablo Coelho

"We are all failures at least the best of us are." - J.M. Barrie

Thoughts from a fellow friend.
"After a project has been completed, a viewer or customer will see "things" as character, patina, even as expectations or maybe not even be aware and see perfection......meanwhile, we, as builders/makers see these "things" as "could have done better", mistakes, blunders, or failures.   
     We are our own harshest critics by far. We see only the mistakes, and failures. While others see perfection, success.       It's the maker who bridges that gap and builds on those mistakes, failures, that learns and expands his/her skills, striving to become a "Master"
    Looking at a piece I've done...all I can see are the flaws or mistakes, not the success or beauty. It's not easy...Sometimes stepping back and "blurring" our vision, allows us to see more clearly..."  Joe Mayday 

1 comment:

  1. I like Denis Waitley's quote, especially the last sentence.
    It sure sucks to make a mistake and repeat mistakes, but it's something I've never been afraid of. I don't like making them and they don't deter me at all. Mistakes tend to piss me off and make want to do better and master whatever it is I screwed up.