Ever wonder where some DIYers pick up their seemingly natural skills? Don’t think I haven’t thought of that myself! Is there a self help magazine I don’t know of?
But something I’ve come to understand is the way one thinks. Most that accomplish tend to work with a self taught mentality.
Something I’ve done forever in my sign / graphics / truck lettering day job is self teach myself lots of things. Here’s an example.
This thick stripe had to be placed on this firetruck door. I felt it would look best if it ran right through the handle. But how would I deal with cutting around this?!?
To my knowledge, there’s no manual out there to teach this, so I came up with my own solution. A washer was all I needed.
Using the washer as my radius guide, I drew on the stripe with a washable felt pen, then very carefully cut the reflective stripe on the firetruck door with my exacto stainless steel blade.
For those of you freaked out about the paint job… I can feel how deep the knife is cutting and can keep the blade off the paint.
The end result is a respectable outcome.
I do much the same with DIY projects. I will hunt and search for all kinds of solutions to solve my own problems.
I’d love nothing more to ask someone all kinds of questions all day long or have someone help with stuff. However, for me that isn’t realistic. So I make up my own rules and figure it out.
Thinking with a self taught mentality can get you out of a lot of binds. You become more self sufficient and tend to tackle new things with less fear. And THAT, to me, is how you build up new skills relatively quickly.
So next time you think you need help, do yourself a big big favor and think again. Literally!
( The above documentation is part of a firetruck series I’m writing for a trade magazine. See? I’m even coming up with a way to blend my passion into my everyday job these days! )
More firetruck posts can be found HERE
What’s your style? Self help or ask for help?