Attention to Detail

Blog #5 1/2 – Attention to Detail

Solemanstudios – Blog #5 1/2  

“Attention to detail”

So, in Blog #5 I talked about perfecting your craft. listening to your body and avoiding burnout.

Now, As a special bonus strip, I talk about how my mentor (my Dad) taught me to value the attention to detail and quality of work you do which I learned back in 1968. He taught me if my name is on something I better give 110% and be proud of the result. It doesn’t matter if you’re cleaning up after the dog, pulling the weeds or washing the car, it better look perfect. I hold these values today 51 years later.

In this example it was mowing the lawn and I missed a strip. After the first time that he called me out, I would then mow the lawn one way and then the opposite way to make sure I got it right. It was more work but it was perfect every time.

First, you have to look at the job and come up with a game plan on how you will attack it. At first I was thinking “what a dick” he’s such a hard ass, my brothers don’t have to do this, but came to realize over the years he molded me into the man I am today.

Second, plan the timeframe it takes to complete it and make sure you have the proper tools to do it the right way. The last thing I wanted to hear from my dad was anything negative, so I wanted to make sure I had it all dialed. This was something I taught myself, as I wanted to avoid anything negative and, like most people, lived for the praise.

Finally, when you are finished, double check your finished job before you have it signed off. This avoids embarrassing flubs. Take your time and really look at every detail.”

  • So did I miss a damn strip of grass this time?” No, check.”
  • Did I dump the grass clippings in the right can and didn’t drop any on the ground?” Yes & No, check. “
  • Did I put the lawn mower away properly and clean it up ready to go the next time?”, yes, check. Ok I can get him now…

So here’s Tip #5 1/2: If your names on it make sure it’s something you will be proud of. Expecting something extra for something you are expected to do will not benefit you but doing the right thing and taking pride in what you do will speak volumes to your character down the road.

…just sharing my story and tips from my footwear career. 

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