I am having a brand new office with a conference room, a classroom and a simulation training lab being built and I am very excited about it! It is going to be great. The other day I was walking around the facility and admiring how it was coming together. Right now, the frame is up and they are putting the electrical work in for the outlets and the video projector and screens etc, and today they are putting up the walls. Once again I discovered some valuable learning points.
- There is a specific order to putting things together the RIGHT WAY. Have you ever tried to put something together on your own thinking you don’t need to follow the instructions only to find that once completed, it just does not look right or worse, does not work right? Then you discover what you missed and BOOM, you have to start over again! I must confess I have. Once I put a fertilizer spreader together only to discover at the end that I had put a critical device on backwards. Yep, you got it…I had to take the entire thing apart and with that, I sought out the instructions and followed them to the letter!
- There are tools available to help the process along. There are specific tools that are designed to help make the construction process seamless, such as a specific screwdriver for a specific kind of screw, a wrench that fits a certain size of bolt, on and on. Sometimes there is only one tool that fits a specific component and without it, you will just be wasting your time if you attempt any other approach or try to shortcut the process.
- There is always help: Almost everything comes with a set of instructions or a helpline or a website or even someone who has experience and is willing to provide assistance in helping you construct whatever it is you are building. I have found these many times to be great resources and if you are like me and not very “mechanically minded”, you will take all the help you can get.
- You cannot enjoy the full benefits of what you are building until you complete the work. Years ago when my wife and I bought our first home, one of the things we wanted to have was a nice, green front yard. In order to have this, I decided I would have someone bring me pallets of grass and I would sod my yard. I could not wait to see that beautiful green stuff growing in my yard…but wait! Before I could even start laying the sod (which was pretty laborious in itself), I had to prepare the dirt…That was brutal. It was hot and at first I did not have the right tools (see number 2 above) to do what I needed to do. Needless to say, it took more weekends than I expected too complete. Regardless, even with tired muscles and a very sore back, I did not stop the project because I envisioned in my mind what the end result would be and I made it a reality.
The point to number 4 is simple, first you have to see the end before you start and then you must be disciplined and diligent to pursue it to the end…it won’t happen on its own and it rarely happens overnight…it takes work, but OH!!!, once complete it sure feels great to run your bare feet through a nicely manicured, thick, green lawn on a summer night. You get the picture!
So ladies and gentlemen here is the BIG picture to this post. We are all in the construction business! Each of us are building something. Some are building a career, some are working on their entrepreneurial dream and some are building their resume. Regardless of where you are and what you are constructing, it is critical you understand the order of doing things the RIGHT way! I cannot tell you the value of just doing things the right way the first time!
There are specific tools that are available to all of us no matter what we do. The question is do we have them and do we know how to use them to the best of our ability? As discussed above, sometimes just as there are tools that only fit a specific component, there are very specific things we must focus on individually. It is NOT one size fits all. Sometimes it is unique to you. The key here is you know this and discover it immediately.
No matter what we are building in our lives, there is always help. People and processes waiting to assist. I have a couple of mentors that I consult with regularly year after year and their insight is priceless to me. Because of the value they have provided me, I now in turn am mentoring others. You will find most successful people who have had help and instructions along the way are more than willing to pass it on. You don’t have to go it alone…get some help and instructions!
Finally, as stated in point number 4, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the results of your efforts come to pass. There is no greater feeling than a sense of accomplishment and self-worth of a job well done. BUT, in my personal experience, great rewards do not come easy, it takes everything discussed in this post and more.
So, now that you know, grab your hard hat, your blueprint and all the right tools; do things right the first time; get some help, see the end result now, and keep on constructing…that nice green lawn is calling!