Four Questions


A good friend and high school wrestling teammate was born with is right arm deformed; shorter than a normal arm with only a couple of fingers. Despite his “handicap,” he was one of the best wrestlers on the team.

I have yet to work on a project that didn’t have some sort of constraint (e.g., time, money, materials, etc.) Constraints are something that all woodworkers/makers ___________ (fill in the blank with whatever you like to call yourself) deal with. Some of us use them as excuses for shoddy work or to do nothing at all. Others look at constraints as merely another obstacle to overcome. I want to be the latter.

So I’m asking myself these four questions:

  1. Where am I?
  2. Where do I want to be?
  3. What are my obstacles?
  4. How am I going to get there anyway?

My wrestling buddy used to go around saying, “I’ll whip you with one arm tied behind my back, boy!” Even though he was being funny, he wasn’t kidding.

Wishing you all the best for 2018!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Paul Hawkinson says:

    This applies to lots of life.
    These questions make a good check/ filter . Probably a personal dope slap at times.


    1. Eric Key says:

      These questions do apply to multiple areas of life. I’ve asked them after losses in the family, after great successes, about being a parent…the list could go on and on. Definitely a great way to reorient myself. Hope you find them useful!


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