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Posted on Do we really want to become good at woodworking?

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 01:54 AM

Look at it this way, by drawing on the knowledge of others who have already figured out some of the things you want to know, it makes more time/effort/energy available to take those lessons as building blocks and apply it to brand new ideas. Eventually you’ll come across a situation where no one has the answer and you’re the one who gets to figure it out, and then the next person can come to YOU for the answer, and then the effort THEY save can be applied to the NEXT problem, and so on.

The problem only arises when people get so used to being spoonfed answers that when they come to a roadblock instead of figuring it out for themselves, and therefore contributing to the process, they just throw their hands up and wait for someone else to do it. If everyone is waiting for someone else, nothing ever gets done.

On the topic of people interested in only bad news, I blame the tabloids for that lol. Interestingly there is an engineering maxim my dad liked that says you learn more from a failure then you do from a success.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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