Putting People and Machinery in Harmony
I've been thinking a lot about this little guy lately. That's me, in a picture I drew from my memory of really connecting with a quality tool for the first time.
If you stay in touch, you'll see more about what happened next on his path, the people he met, and the choices he made that landed him here.
Recently I've been encouraged to really summarize what I do, and it took some time to really sum it up. I really aim to put people and machinery in harmony, any way I can. It means when there's a job to do, I really have to look at my own experiences to get a sense of what might work for others.
It's been almost five years since I auctioned off the machines that were holding me back. I was warned that I might not get what they were worth, or that I might regret not having them in the future. Some of the tools had belonged to my dad, my great-grandpa, and a whole bunch of other people special to me. I had a lot of painful oversights through the process, yet looking back now, I learned so much more, funny nobody warned me about that part.
I won't claim to be the most courageous guy, or the best story-teller, but I practice because I want to get there. I've been thinking a lot lately about wanting to be approachable, and telling my story is one way I'd like to do that. Thinking back to who I was, if those stories get out to people who are learning some of the lessons I went through, they can say; 'Remember that part of your story where you felt nobody was listening to you? Well, that's how I feel right now...'.
As for machinery, there's times I was sold junk, and I would have been further ahead if someone sat me down and went through what it would take to fix, and how long I'd have it. As much as I love this work, being around machines, and seeing things come to life, it takes focus. Unless we are honest about the overall result we want, we might get caught on little details of a project, and never experience the full potential of our efforts.
Recently I was asked about building brackets to hold five 80 gallon tanks with pressure bladders. I had suggested using pallet racking to build off of, which meant way less billable hours for me, and less expense and more adaptability for my client.
Today, we were looking over how everything would be positioned, and the complexity of the angle-iron brackets. We considered how replacement tanks may differ, important, since they don't have a guaranteed lifespan. One of the ideas I put forward was 'What about wood? It will last as long as the tanks, give a wide base to sit on, quick to build, and provide adaptability...'.
It feels great to have that kind of faith in the universe where I can let go of a project, especially when I'm trying to increase cashflow, knowing it's going to open up new opportunities, even when I haven't seen them. Thanks for following along, I want to wish you my best on all the projects that come your way!