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Forum topic by kolwdwrkr posted 03-14-2010 04:49 AM 1221 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2010 04:49 AM

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In my journey through this life I’ve found that there are many faucets of life that are all relative to exactly what you are doing in woodworking. For instance, I started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu about 2 years ago. When I first started it was very difficult for me to calm down and not be so rambunxious. I wanted to win, and to do that I used a lot of force. My mind relied on survival more then anything, and I would often find myself in a bad situation simply because I tried to rush my way to victory.
That wasn’t my only fault. I also started getting very good at one specific submission. The Triangle. From the triangle I can transition into an arm bar, although I rarely did. My legs are long and very strong, and once you are in my triangle you are likely to tap, unless of course you are very strong or very experienced. The problem was that I would always seek out this method of submission, and do everything I could to accomplish it. I would grab the arm of my opponent and never let go until my legs were choking him out. As I went my opponents were starting to catch on to my strategy. It started to become very difficult for me to be successfull at this submission, as they have all learned what I want to do.
If I wanted to be champion I had to leave my comfort zone and try new things. Maybe a new sweep or even a new submission. I’m still learning, but have began to open my guard and try new things. I’m actually getting better out of my comfort zone.

Woodworking is no different. You have to be able to try new things to become the “champion” of your craft. All the while not being afraid of the outcome. You will fail. There’s no doubt about it. We all do. But you learn from the mistakes. Once you are submitted, you will learn what not to do next time so you don’t get submitted again. Well, at least not in the same area. Woodworking is a lifelong challenge. You aren’t born with all the skill. It is acquired, and even the best people fail at any given project and have to try again. The same with Martial Arts. Just because you are a black belt doesn’t mean you won’t make a bad decision and get caught in a submission and lose, even to a blue belt. It’s all part of it, and you just dust yourself off and try again. Learn from your mistakes, because if you simply give up then you have nothing, and accomplish nothing. Stay strong, learn from your mistakes, and enjoy what you are doing. Most of all, take care of yourself and your family. Your happiness, as well as theirs, will show in your work and desire to achieve success. Good luck in your woodworking ventures.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 05:09 AM

Dude, you just send me. Right to the latrine :)

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 05:17 AM

Hope everything comes out okay ;^)

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 06:55 AM

Good comparison Keith.

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 12:09 PM

Keith.. this is what it is all about… look outside the box… work outside your comfort zone… feel free to fail.. try new things… enjoy the journey…feel free to add to these….

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#5 posted 03-14-2010 12:37 PM

Keith thank you for the insight into your world i think you still carry alot of anger for something i dont know what, you found your comfort zone and that is why you cant look beyond in the way you fight, as i was told when i was younger and started boxing i used the sport to releise my anger the wrong way when i learn’t how to use it the right way very thing fell in to the right place so learn to fail thats what makes us better people and in my woodworking life there are alot of wrongs

good luck with your martial art and remember think outside the box


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#6 posted 03-14-2010 12:52 PM

Keith, I have always said that we learn far more from our “mistakes” than we do our successes. And could not agree with you more about working outside our comfort zone. It is a challenge to try something novel but that is the way we grow and develop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-14-2010 02:48 PM

Hell, I’m just trying to slap a few boards together and have some fun in the process…........
I may be waaay below you on the skill scale, but all the martial arts analogies and combat situational scenarios and working outside my box and such is the farthest thing from my mind while I spend pleasant time in my shop.

And, if we get smarter by our mistakes, then buddy, I’m shooting right up that ladder :)

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 03:03 PM

I’ve tried karate on wood several times, I’ve tried many submission holds

wood always wins

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 03-14-2010 03:24 PM

No question, one of the elements of a GOOD Wood worker, or Craftsman is being….’comfortable’...outside his/her comfort zone. Someone who strives for perfection every step of the way, but understands…perfection isn’t possible. A good Craftsman avoids making mistakes at all cost with good design, planning and execution, but also isn’t afraid to make mistakes because he/she knows and understands how to ‘roll with the punches’ so to speak…..and hide mistakes….absorb mistakes…and on the odd occasion, even accentuate those mistakes.

I often use this analogy with the boyz in the shop….

If I have to drive across town, to somewhere Ive never been before…and I get from point A to point B without a hitch, I can almost GUARANTEE you….a month from now, I won’t have a clue how I got there! Maybe a basic sense or idea…but specifics? Nope! But….If I get LOST on the way there….Damn straight, I’ll NEVER forget how I got back on track, and where I made the wrong turn to begin with. Funny thing about getting ‘lost’ (making mistakes) sometimes you’ll find interesting new places that you never knew existed, that you can visit or use tomorrow!
Don’t be afraid to get lost! LOL!

There is no shame in making mistakes…only in making the same mistake twice.

Now….If only I could apply these philosophies to the REST of my life!! LMAO!! ;o)

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 03:31 PM

An accomplished craftsman is just someone whos accomplished all the mistakes and knows how to steer around them.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 03-14-2010 03:32 PM

anybody who says they have never made a mistake is one of two things

a liar or they’ve never done anything

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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