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I was consulting my Yankee Home Hints book by Earl Proulx yesterday. I was actually reading up on possums, seeing if there’s anything we can do to convince these guys that our carport isn’t their Holiday Inn). I got sidetracked reading a few of his personal entries. One in particular was pretty neat. It made me think and smile, and I thought it might do the same for you.
“The Day I Learned From the Pros” by Earl Proulx
When I first began painting for my father, he had me start with the part that experienced painters don’t like to work on: the shutters. I was trying to learn, so I asked the head painter, “How many pairs of shutters does a good painter do in a day?” He replied, “Fourteen pair.” So I started in, working like crazy to get that many done.
When my father came by the job site, he asked me how many pairs I’d completed that day. I told him fourteen, and he looked surprised. “You did well,” he said. “I don’t know a painter who can do more than eleven pairs in a day.”
That day I learned two things from the professionals. First, having an ambitious goal can help you get through a boring job. And second, don’t believe everything people tell you!”
Make each moment count double,