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A friend of mine posted this in a building & remodeling professional group we are a part of saying he has it taped inside of one of his tool boxes. It a great list for life. Period.

Wendell Castle, the author of the list, was a legendary American furniture designer/builder (really he’s a sculptor) who I just discovered passed away a week or two ago. Sadly and somewhat painfully every time I go into my basement I see a 30+ year old stack of cheery I cut for a piece I wanted to do that was inspired by something of his I saw.

Some of us never learn or learn far too slowly.

And I am thinking today isn’t this Lean Thinking too? Certainly looks like it to me.

10 Adopted Rules of Thumb

  1. If you are in love with an idea you are no judge of its beauty or value.
  2. It is difficult to see the whole picture when you are inside the frame.
  3. After learning the tricks of the trade, don’t think you know the trade.
  4. We hear and apprehend what we already know.
  5. The dog that stays on the porch will find no bones.
  6. Never state a problem to yourself in the same terms it was brought to you.
  7. If it’s offbeat or surprising it’s probably useful.
  8. If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it.
  9. Don’t get too serious.
  10. If you hit the bullseye every time the target is too near.
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J. Jerrald Hayes
Primus Inter Pares at Paradigm Projects, Ltd.
I am an architectural woodworker and general contractor turned IT, Business and Project Management consultant, software developer wannabe senior division triathlete and ski racer, Yankee fan and founder of, 360 Difference, and now too.
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