I got a lot of great submissions of words o’ wisdom from the father figures in your lives. A lot of them were tried and true, like “Measure twice, cut once,” “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right,” “Don’t force it,” “If you can’t fix it the first time, get a bigger hammer!,” “When your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” "It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it,” etc.
Here are some of my favorite submissions:
You can’t learn anything with your mouth open.
(I was asking too many questions at the time he told me this. - Randy Sanderson)
Is it complex or merely complicated?
(My Dad would often ask this when analyzing a mechanical system. -Randy Fischer)
Tight is tight. Too tight is loose.
(My Dad always reminded me of this whenever we worked on a project that required tightening a screw or bolt. - Big Mike)
Use the right tool and the tool will do the work.
(From my dad Bruno who was an automotive mechanic and business owner. - Marina Joyce)
Remove the potential energy.
(Said when storing materials. For instance, unlock vise grips before putting them in the toolbox, remove the igniter assembly from the solid rocket booster, that sort of thing. -Randy Fischer)
Always respect the mountain.
(Said at the top of a challenging ski slope, but a saying that applies to much more than skiing. -George Mokray)
It’s easy to make things difficult. It’s difficult to make things easy. -Marty Lang
Don’t put it down, put it away. -Robert George
Think fast and talk slow. Listen, analyze, evaluate, prepare a fallback strategy, then act. -Brain Collins
If you don’t ask, the answer is already no. - Michael Shiloh
Buy the best tools. You’ll only cry once. -Jim Cook