Making Changes (man in the mirror)

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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 06-13-2010 05:25 AM 959 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good evening Lumberjocks,

This week has been a slow one for me with operation X hitting a few snags (financially mainly) I didn’t have much to do but sit in my shop and mope about not going any further, and after a very discouraging week at work due to my supervisor getting an attitude with me because I asked for help because my knee was hurting and my partner called off he scolded me stating bluntly he did not care and I wasn’t getting any help and that I needed to get a car and forget about starting my business because I didn’t have the capital to start my business( quote unquote like he wanted to, but abandoned his idea to work for our company)Back to the shop anyway, today I was sitting in my shop contemplating weather he was right or not (discouragement is quite powerful at times) The local Jazz & R&B station played an old Michael Jackson song called The man in the mirror the lyrics rang true to the situation as part of the the song went along like this ( if you wanna make the world a better place you gotta look at yourself then make the change gotta get it right while you got time because if you ruin your heart you will lose your mind). I have been looking at the problems plaguing me instead of finding solutions, and letting the wrong people influence me. First thing is to find a different job in order to get my life back to normal, second is to finally get profit rolling in my business, third is to make sure to enjoy my life as I have not had for the past year and a half. The song helped but after setting and thinking about the sacrifices some of my friends both locally and online have made personally and professionally both Quitting would be a slap in the face and also would not reflect my true nature of not accepting mediocrity BTW tell me most of the time I can’t well I will do it then look at you and say now what! Next week getting lumber hopefully will keep me busy enough so I can’t get in this state of mind again.

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#1 posted 06-13-2010 09:33 AM

Well Sawblade; you’ve got a lot of praying and soul searching to do.I don’t think God would want someone to start a business that doesn’t have the money to sustain himself,(in the bank cash) for at least 1/12 years.
Not that i pretend to even know the will of God.but it comes down to economics. You’ve got to keep your day job, while taking small projects to earn money and get your name out with in your community.this may take a couple years to build this business up from a side buisness point of view.This would allow you create a portfolio of your work, to pay for good tools you’ll need,to have a well rounded shop to produce the products you enjoy building. you mention’d in your past blog that you don’t have a car. Don’t you think,you’ll need transportation to get material, or deliver your products?
Remember the number 1 reason for business failular is ; lack of capitol,not marketing or location; it’s MONEY,period.
That 20,000.00 piano,sold by your friend,you’ll never really know what his profit margin is …he may be in debt up to his eyeballs,or he may have stock in APPLE, and don’t need to generate an income like common folk. thats why you’ve got to run the business as a side business. well i hope this gets you thinking out side the box.

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David Craig

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#2 posted 06-13-2010 03:08 PM

I am not much of a Michael Jackson fan but I have liked that song ever since it first came out. It is a great song detailing how one cannot change the world from the outside in but rather the inside out.

Quality of life is a constant challenge for all of us. I know I have had to go through my own adjustment period of modifying my perception of circumstance rather than attempting to control my circumstance. I have watched many people in hot pursuit of the brass ring seeking to find the “good life.” Personally, I have spent time in my little backyard admiring the garden I built in my flower boxes, rafting down a local river that few people seem to take advantage of, or spending time in my little basement shop and would realize that I am enjoying the “good life” right now.

No person can really tell another what is right for them to do. I know that the world can sometimes suck the life and humanity out of a man/woman if it is allowed. Hang in there and spend some time with that “Man in the mirror” and follow the vision that will be laid out for your own “good life.”

Good luck and godspeed,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 06:19 AM

Hi Sawblade1. Running your own business is nice because you are the boss, but the boss also has all the headaches. I think the advice to build capital on a regular job working for someone else and using the wood business as a side line is a sound way to start. You can feel your way into it and see what the market is out there before getting too fully committed. For a lot of us woodworking is a hobby and I know if I had to rely on it for my sole income, I’d have to have another job because I don’t find the market out there for everything I make. Rather than feeling discouraged, build a plan for the future- kind of like a heirarchy of needs and then pencil in ways to meet those needs and work on them. A car or truck will be one need for getting around and getting material so that might be an early one to persue. Look for what is reliable and least expensive and save for it. It will probably mean working for someone else to get there for starters.

Good luck on your endeaver….....

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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