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8 Rules of the High Quality Craftsman

Basic Principles of All High-Quality Craftsmen

1. Cleanliness and organization are the foundation of a High-Quality Craftsman. Clean often, at least after every task.

2. Always focus on one task at a time. Multitasking is a good way to reduce quality and make more mistakes. The human brain can literally only focus on one thing at a time. The ability to focus on one thing for longer periods of time leads to higher levels of quality. Believe it or not, the skill of focus also helps us have a higher attention to detail.

3. Carefully and methodically is the way of the High-Quality Craftsman. If you do things slowly and correctly the first time, you won’t have to do it again. It also makes it easier to manage all the tiny little details involved with the work without missing any.

4. Never rush for anything or anyone. This isn’t a race. Rushing is a great way to reduce quality and make more mistakes. The object isn’t to get the work done fast, but to a high degree of quality. Besides, if you work too fast, you'll miss many details that need to be taken care of. You don't need to rush to obtain high quality work quickly. You just need to be methodical.

5. First get it done. Then get it finished. If you try to make sure everything will be perfect from the beginning, you’ll never even get started. You need to get started and just do what needs to be done. Worry about the finished details during the finishing phase. Think of it this way, first write the essay. Then edit it. You can't handle all the details all at once. They have to be managed through the process of several steps.

6. You don’t need to know everything. You only need to know how to figure everything out. You need to know how to ask the right questions, and where to find the right answers.

7. There is no shortcut. Trying to find an easier way to do something always results in wasted materials and time lost. The right way seems hard, but it will always be easier than trying to avoid it.

8. Perfect is not good. But good is perfect. They don’t call it “perfect quality.” They call it “good quality.” If you strive for perfection you’ll take forever and never achieve it. Follow the right techniques and methods and you will achieve a high degree of “good” quality in a reasonable amount of time. That is what people are paying for. No one can afford “perfect” quality. But no one deserves less than “good” quality.

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