“Miss the target, hit the tree.” “Close enough for jazz.” “I’ll settle for 80/20…” Is close enough really good enough? How precise do we really have to be? My wife is a perfectionist about many things. If we are rehabbing a room and she is sanding a piece of trim or chair rail, she sands down to the grain, even if we’re just going to paint again. She gets it right down to the bare wood. Drives me nuts. A …


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One comment on “Compromise

  1. Gary Forster on said:

    When I was in college I did some work as a carpenter’s assistant. He saw me cut a board, try it, cut it a little more, try it again. He came over and sunk two nails into with two swings and said, “We’re not building a watch, we’re building a house.”
    Which is good, because I could never build a watch, but I got pretty good at houses.

    Thanks, Ron!

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