Archive for March, 2009


March 4, 2009

Of the 7 1/2 Habits, I have to admit that most of them are difficult for me. I love to learn and I’m inherently curious – but I also tend to jump from one thing to another without ever really finishing. Probably the hardest habit is #4: if I don’t understand something and can’t figure it out, I automatically assume that I’m simply not smart enough to ‘get’ it. I see that other people ‘get’ it and wonder what they’re seeing or doing that I’m not, and I get more and more frustrated. So learning to have faith in my abilities might not come easily.

I do know how I learn best, though.  I can be lectured for days on end, watch a process or read a hundred books on it, but none of those methods will ever teach me as much as actually trying it for myself. I recently asked my father to help me learn to sand down and refinish an old chair. I watched him sand a small patch, then continued the process myself. We did the same thing for applying the finish. He occasionally made suggestions or comments, and I felt free to ask questions. In the end, we were both happy with the job I’d done. I don’t know which habit this would fall into – #5?