Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Personal hurdles

One of my biggest issues and one I have fought time and again is ‘perfection’. I say it all the time; ‘I’m an imperfect perfectionist ‘ and it has been my Achilles heel since time out of mind. I’ve always been of the ‘if you want it done right, do it yourself” types. Even now, DIY is very much the center of my universe (and likely always will be for much of what I do.). When I was touring, it worked for me, but only during the shows; load-ins and load-outs were ‘hands-off’ thanks to IATSE and Teamsters unions, all depending on where we were and how the house was setup. New York was the worst for me and I would have to jam my hands deep into my pockets to keep from jumping in: directions by voice and head nods only. Otherwise, the unions would go to break, and I’m not talking about a 15 minute smoke break here, but schedule busting, budget eating hour long lunch breaks.

Well, that hurdle is one I am facing again, from a different perspective. I want money to work for me, but there are only so many hours in a day available to me.

Heck, everyone is limited to the same time frames, so how do you ‘get more time’?

Hire it out! Leverage with other peoples time. The saying is “build your dream or get hired to build someone elses” and that is where my learning curve is at right now. I’m trying to build that dream and finding there are things that will be far better for me to pay others for than to do myself. Like spending an entire saturday doing yard work, blech! If I can hire a local kid to do it for me, even if I have to pay him $50-75, I come out ahead as that frees up my time to do those other things that make money, and more than I am paying him. He’s happy, I’m happy, and my yard doesn’t look like an abandoned field.

Now where did all those kids split to,,,

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Addendum: this goes back to those questions I began asking myself a few months back, and is an answer to the last one. If you aren’t buying time, your spending it.

Or wasting it,,,

2 responses

  1. Spud

    Yes , and you are at the age of git ER done, or soon bumping up against getting old time of life.
    That place which I am… The recovery from my lil accident took me from middle age fitness to an instant doddering old man. Hard to come back from…
    Just keep doing my little piddling projects at home.
    Now her damn toy yoyo done started puking oil out somewheres hidden.
    Last thing I wanna do is crawl under that mini truck ! Luckily I have the same truck , and mama is using mine for going to work.
    Me , I’m waiting for Monday and the neighbors car lift to work on hers.
    I’m hoping sending unit…my luck probably front main seal…
    Always something eh.

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    July 20, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    • Its always something. 🤨 in my case it was my weedeater crapping out after I posted that this AM. Lol. Borrowed my dads to finish ‘fore the heat was too much. I’ll pick up a stihl next week. Still looking for a kid worth more than a computer game to take over that crap for me.

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      July 20, 2019 at 5:16 pm

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