A Strategy for Woodworking #4: Forgiveness

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 06-26-2014 08:06 PM 1601 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Human all too human to quote Fred N. Yes we makers are too human. We’re too ready to find error in our work. The voice in our head keeps repeating: Not good enough, not perfect enough. We are always so ready to point out our mistakes, to find the tiniest of errors. When our client never sees them. When another maker doesn’t see them nor care. They see the whole, the entire piece and they’re delighted.

So I say, keep your standards high but learn to forgive yourself for your errors that no one else can see. Do better next time. If you expect perfection from each of your efforts you will always disappoint yourself. If however you try for perfection but forgive yourself for not reaching it, then your work will satisfy even your harshest critic, you. Forgive yourself for being human.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my podcast at and twitter @garyrogowski

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 08:17 PM

Well Gary, I have to say I agree with you. This frame hangs in my office to remind me of the concept.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 08:21 PM

I agree, there really is such a thing as “good enough”

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 10:22 PM

I also agree. I was a design engineer before I retired. I once had a boss who liked to say “There comes a time when you have to shoot the engineer and take the product to production.” I guess that sort of applies to our woodworking projects.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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