Best Advice I Ever Received

If I keep this up I’m sure someone will call me the meme whore but since Scott’s post was so good I’ll play along.

In my younger days I was going to school to be a mechanical engineer, during that time I was a draftsman at a mechanical engineering firm. The firm designed plans for HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire suppression systems for commercial and extremely large and wealthy residential clients. I was a draftsman and it was my job to take these plans and draw them onto the blueprints. When I started this was all done by hand, T-Squares, drawing triangles, leroy lettering templates, the whole thing. Being a manual process it was often quite tedious, and changes were difficult. One of the principles of the firm was an Professional Engineer names Burtron Weiss. He was an incredibly like-able grandfather type fellow with real skill for cutting through the BS and getting to the core of issue. We were working on some project and revisions were coming fast and furious, and I often spent the entire afternoon erasing what I had just drawn that morning. He came to my drawing table and after a few questions said “Son, don’t build an outhouse with a micrometer”. For those of you who don’t know what a micrometer is, it’s small hand held device used to measure fractions of an inch very precisely. The lesson was don’t spend your time perfecting something that doesn’t need to be perfect.

Since we’re waltzing down memory lane if you want to get a little deeper inside of my world you can read the completely non search related posts The Most Important Day of My Life and the companion piece Leopard Print Bikini back from my slice-of-life cat blogging days.

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