the carpenter gene

Melanie DePaoli for our upcoming book and at one point he commented that he firmly “believed” that there is a “carpenter gene” and that you either have it or you don’t. Either you can work in wood, or not. From my own experience, I have to agree with him. I can’t cut a straight line to save my life. Miter joints baffle me. This goes to my point about working to strengths. When I need carpentry work done, I hire a carpenter. If I do it, the job will take 10 times as long (if not more!) and it will be done badly. I think most people would agree this is the correct thing to do, and yet in so many businesses we are expected to wear many hats, some of which we simply do not have “the gene” for, and then our job is critiqued partially on those things we have no skill for, and we are expected to improve on those things! Crazy.]]>

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