We usually make things too complicated, especially when we’re new at something. I realized this recently while talking to a friend about his job at UPS.
He told me that he parked 18-wheeler trucks. He backed them into tightly spaced loading bays during the night shift.
“That takes a lot of skill,” I said. “Backing up those trailers must hard. It would be embarrassing to ram into another trailer, wouldn’t it?”
“Yes, but it’s easy,” he said. “All I have to do is line up the trailer with the line on the pavement. Just watch the line, and the trailer goes right in. There’s nothing to it.”
By paying attention to one small detail, he mastered a complex task. This idea applies to mastering almost anything. Find the one small detail that makes the biggest difference, and master that detail. Usually, the detail is simple. Here are examples:
1) Kiln wash: Apply three thin coats of kiln wash instead of one thick coat.
2) Cutting glass: Memorize the sound of a glasscutter in the hands of an expert, and duplicate that sound when you cut glass. Press the cutter in such a way that the sound is steady and even. To master a glasscutter, listen to the sound it makes.
3) Loading ceramics into a kiln: Sort ceramic ware by height before you place anything inside the kiln.
We are coming out with an oval glass kiln. You can see photos at www.paragonweb.com under "Resellers." Select "Photos" from the drop menu. It is listed simply as "Oval Kiln" since we haven't named the kiln yet.
With best wishes,
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