Craft: The Elegance of Workmanship

The hard work of greatness         

  • Identify something in your life that is an extension of who you are and the work you do.
  • Make a commitment to either stop doing it or do it to the best of your ability.
  • Remember, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
  • What are you doing that is not worth doing?
  • What are you doing that is worth doing but that you are not doing well?
  • Make a list of everything you are doing that you need to stop doing.
  •  Create an exit plan and execute it.
  •  Make a list of everything you are doing that is worth your life.
  • Evaluate the quality of your work.
  •  Ask others to give you honest feedback, telling them your standard is excellence.
  •  Remember: you may never be the best in the world, but you can give the best of yourself.
  • Reorganize your priorities to give more time to what you do well and drop those things you do poorly.
  • Refine your skills by working with people more skilled than yourself.
  • Practice, practice, practice.
  • Never stop learning—never stop growing—never stop improving!

SOURCE: The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art by Erwin McManus

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