Perfection & Close Enough

Habitat for Humanity Salsibury Maryland Wicomico Presbyterian Build 2001

Wicomico Presbyterian Build
Habitat for Humanity
2001 Salsibury Maryland

I’ve been in construction for over 35 years. Along the way, I’ve worked with some pretty interesting “characters” on some extraordinary projects. I can honestly say I’ve been able to accomplish every desire — except two — of possible dream projects (would that be a carpenter’s bucket list?).

I’ve worked on restorations and remodels; framing and fine woodworking; built a horse barn for an equestrian champion; built a house for my own mother and once, built 10 houses in five days (with 700 of my closest friends). Projects all, that tested and stretched the limits of my knowledge, my strength and my skill.

15 years ago I started a “hobby” business in Web Design. I learned how to handcode in HTML and CSS. But, I observed that creating a website is like printing a brochure or a fancy business card (pretty to look at but it doesn’t DO anything). It was frustrating seeing something you’ve built not bear fruit.

Recently, I started learning how to use some new tools. Along with taking up Joomla and WordPress CMS programs and studying graphic design through the Adobe Creative Suite — I am currently focused on learning about SEO and Social Network Marketing.

Horner Staircase

Horner Staircase

What I really want to do — is not so much — build sites and programs for clients, but build my own income producing site(s) with a successful brand & marketing strategy. Over the years I’ve accumulated a number of domains, always with an eye to developing them. Presently, I am wrestling with how to implement various projects — all which use overlapping technologies — without creating an unmanagable mountain of detail that gets in the way of executing the strategy.

So where did the title for this article come from?

I THINK I learned a long time ago that all perfection, if such a thing exists, is accidental – at least for mere mortals. The key to being successful, weather it was a simple saw cut or an elegant design was in being able to say “close enough” and know you are.


*** This article is a repost from another blog, originally published 8 November 2012. ***