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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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1 Ounce of preperation...

I wanted to tell a little story, that I used to tell my new team members when they first came on board. It's an important outlook to take for many problems or situations that will arise in ones life. I just thought about it because this theme seems to repeat itself on here regularly.

There was this young wood cutter who started with this logging company of much older guys. This young man was real strong and big. He could sling an axe like no ones business. After a week he begins to notice that the older men are cutting much more wood than he was even though they swung less often and less hard. So he asked one of them a question. "Hey old man, how is it that I swing twice as hard and twice as fast but you guys cut more wood than I do?" The older man said, "It's simple, every morning before I come to work I sharpen my axe."

1 ounce of preparation saves a pounds of work. The moral is, before you start to dive into a problem or fix something, you must understand everything about it. Even though we think we know what we are doing, we often miss a simple step that changes the whole way we could see a problem and provide us with foresight to develop a solution without compounding the problem further.

Read your manuals, don't assume, seek advise from multiple people no matter how convincing one argument may be. And lastly, use your head!

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I always remember the word of my old First Sergeant: when in doubt, RTMFI. Read the MF'ing instructions.


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Excellent advice, oh so difficult to follow. I'm always get excited and do stuff without thinking it through 100%... like reinstalling something, thinking I'm done and then turn around and finding I forgot to reinstall another part.

Patience is key.


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Very good advice. Thought of what u posted just today. Got to the employee parking lot at work and wanted to take my front emblem out so I could plasti dip it in our shop. I only had about 10 mins before the employee bus came to pick me up, so not much time. Thought about rushing a simple job, breaking the tabs and getting pissed. So I heeded your wise advice and decided to wait on pulling it out. Thank you for getting in my head lol. I know, I know, cool story bro.

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Glad you took something from it. :-)

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Yep... And an ounce of humility helps 2....

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RTFM = Read The F'in Manual my uncle told me this and it has stuck with me for many years

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RTFM = Read The F'in Manual my uncle told me this and it has stuck with me for many years
Was he military?

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Very good advice. I have also heard another quote that indirectly applies to this same school of thought.

Measure twice, cut once.

It mostly applies to fabrication but its the same concept. Think about what your doing and how your going to attack the problem before picking up any tools.


If anything can go wrong, Fix it! (To hell with Murphy!)


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Yes my uncle(Australian Navy) and my grandfather was also(British Army) and he fought in the trenches in WW1 in the Boer war, his Journal sits in the British War Museum.

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