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A Strategy for Woodworking #36: Discontent

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 11-24-2014 04:09 PM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 35: Work Part 36 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 37: The Right Saw for the Job »

Discontent is the key to success, not satisfaction. To do more than you did before is what creation is about. To do the job better than the last time, to create something more special, or to walk new ground. This is what comes from our seasons of discontent. If we say to ourselves, I have learned enough. I am now the master of my craft, you have lost touch with that spark that keeps us creating. Satisfaction doesn’t spur us to do more. It leads us only to the couch. Keep trying to do better than the last time and you will never run out of ideas.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski



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#1 posted 11-24-2014 07:18 PM

Gary,

This one is “food for thought.” Content implies calm? I might choose different words to convey the meaning of feeling challenged? Doesn’t mastering of our basic craft give us confidence to challenge ourselves? I think/feel that If I lack the contentment of confidence, I might be afraid to challenge myself?

I’m just mulling this one over. LOL! It’s the difference of meanings/feelings and thinking for me.

Working in wood makes it three dimensional for me. I always, I mean always , make mistakes! It’s that rare moment when I am/satisfied or content with myself. Maybe even happy with what I have challenged myself with.

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 07:19 PM

Oh yeah, no one else see’s the mistakes if they are not skilled critical craftspeople. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 08:49 PM

The worst thing you can be is a “master”. Better to simply be a doer and do.

I feel intense satisfaction after a long day of wood work, regardless of quality. The next day, I walk into my shop again, look at my work with fresh eyes, feel foolish for feeling at all satisfied, and try harder. Rinse and repeat. Every time it’s the same, but because of that, and because of continuous practice, I get better and better and attempt more and more difficult things. I think it helps to look at others’ work who are operating at very high levels and set that as the bar. Keep looking for more and more intricate work to use as that “end game”, lest you mess up and actually attain that greatness yourself.

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#4 posted 12-03-2014 01:34 AM

A very wise man Gary. How many steps is that??? :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 05:27 AM



The worst thing you can be is a “master”. Better to simply be a doer and do.

Who will teach the doers?


Discontent is the key to success, not satisfaction.

I’m never really satisfied with anything. Always looking for better and faster and a happier client.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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