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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 09:04 PM

Deep end for me also. I have known so many people in my life who we so afraid of failure they never tried anything new. They think they don’t fail——-I however, think they do. To me it would be a miserable life to never accomplish anything out of the ordinary. Even in high school I would take custom pieces through my dad’s shop. I didn’t always know how to do it, but I found a way. I typically didn’t ask for his help, although there were others I did. Yes there were plenty of failures, but where would I be if I had not tried. There were very few times I gave up on a project (I got pretty good at fixing or hiding my mistakes), but that was rare.

Logical, intelligent people look ahead and plan before doing something new. Personally, I am not one of them. Life is short—Learn fast! Most of my training has been on the job. I will sort of research something now, but before internet I really did not do that before. With my dad’s backing I built my first house at 25 years old. I did all the cabinets and trim, although I had never worked in that field. Tell me something can’t be done and I’ll try to prove you wrong. I’m not saying everyone should be this way, yet it works for me. The world would be a scary place if we all did this.

I say all this not to brag, but to encourage others to step out on a limb and try something you are not comfortable with. The rewards are awesome. You revel in the successes much longer than you wallow in the failures. Mind you, I’m not saying go build a rocket and go to the moon. You do need to know your own limitations. I guess what I am saying is stretch what you do know and move to greater heights.

For me, the deep end just keeps getting deeper and deeper—-I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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