As I grow older certain things come to mind. I think of things that I remember to this day, things that stay with me. They will stay with me until my mind caves in or my memory just fades away. Since this is a woodworking forum let me stay in that thought.
What do you remember, words, revelations, events, comments that have had an impact on you and your approach to woodworking that you remember and feel have had an impact on your woodworking, "IN RED" for clarity.
Here is one of mine................
ME..."Mr. Dearman" (my mentor and the man cutting all the pieces for a crew)
HIM..."Yes, what is it?"
Me..."This board doesn't fit!"
Me... "because I made a mistake in my measurement."
Mr. Dearman..."I don't have time to cut these boards the first time, I sure don't have the time to cut them the second!"
........With that he took the board and cut it to the new measurment. Politely as possible, he handed it back to me.
I went away realizing his time was valuable, my time became more important, correct results can occure the first time, he took this seriously, a recut is a step back and there is too much in front to break stride to redo, more was expected and thus from that day forward (1983) I have not been able to shake that saying from my head . I believe it has helped me become better at what I do. Do you have something you remember?
Remember for simplicity... " Do the punch line in red".