A Strategy for Woodworking #27: Prodigies

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 09-25-2014 03:08 PM 1449 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Forget the 1 in a million prodigies. The rest of us strive every day just to be good. Forgive yourself your humanity & get on with your work. There’s so much to accomplish within ourselves in the process of building. This is the important work.

As my old friend Bogy said to me years ago, “You don’t make the work. The work makes you.”

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#1 posted 09-27-2014 12:31 AM

I disagree.

I believe it’s important to remember them. Charles Greene was a prodigy. Sam Maloof was a prodigy. George Nakashima was a prodigy. If not for them, much of our cultural heritage would not exist.

I believe it’s important that our reach should exceed our grasp. That to strive for excellence, to be the best we can be is a noble and honorable pursuit.

And that in the end, we made a difference. That the cultural heritage we leave for the future is better because we were here.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 01:34 PM

Bogy is a very wise man. Thnx for sharing his quote.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 04:46 PM

I would agree, there is a beauty in life about just doing your best and being into what you are doing, if all the masses lived that way the world would be even better than it is today. The rare star does not make up for the collective efforts of many. Thanks for the quote Gary!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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