January 30, 2012

My 2012 Bentley

I don't talk about work much. That's on purpose. While I enjoy it, frankly I think you'd find the details boring. But not long ago I talked about a Big Work Thing that lasted about a month and a half and sucked the life out of me. As it turns out, I learned something from that experience that surprised me a little.

The Big Work Thing was something that most wouldn't consider a lot of fun. It can be quite grueling. And it's something I have to admit I live in a little bit of fear of being asked to do. I'm sure accountants feel the same trepidation about an approaching tax season.

It doesn't matter what the Big Work Thing was. Think of it as building a car from scratch. I was given some parts and plenty of help but it had to be crafted by hand. The nuts and bolts were there but the engine and transmission had to be assembled. The well-appointed interior had to be measured and installed. The stereo had to have precisely the right sound. The paint job needed to sparkle and the chrome needed to shine. Everything had fit in just the right place and there were really no instructions provided.

This particular Big Work Thing wasn't just your average, run-of-the-mill Honda. No, this Big Work Thing was a Bentley, huge, highly complex, with lots of moving parts and pieces. And I pulled it off.

Here's the thing - I'm not scared anymore. Another Big Work Thing rolled across my desk yesterday. I didn't bat an eye. I just took charge of the garage, organized all my parts and workers, and started assembling. There's a certain - and, if truth be told, massive - amount of pride I take in this.

The other day, Mia and I had a long talk about what it means to learn things the hard way. It's rare when something is best and most effectively learned the hard way but this was one of them. That and the fact that sometimes you just have to trust yourself, believe that you're good at what you do, plow forward and ask forgiveness later if it turns out you were wrong.

Posted by Chris at January 30, 2012 7:32 AM

Still looking for that LIKE button!!! I love this post. It is so true!

Posted by: Krush at January 30, 2012 11:06 AM

Chris post Chris!

Posted by: Deb at January 30, 2012 3:56 PM

Thank you soo much for writing this! I'm in the middle of my own Bentley assembly and quite frankly this past Monday was scared out of my wits because of a HUGE mistake. The fix is there and it's not the end of the world but it will get fixed and when all is said and done I will have learned a great deal.

Posted by: Jen K. at February 2, 2012 3:06 PM