Four life lessons learned from home renovations that you can apply to your career.
For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of purchasing my house. For clarification and emphasis, this would be "the house" built at the beginning of the last century. It's the first home that I've owned that I'm completely responsible for. Prior to this, I either rented or lived in a co-op that had several full-time building attendants, which translated into compete laziness on my part. In entering this new phase a year ago, I sort of set the same goals that I once did when my twins were born:
In the case of the twins, I reassessed, realized that my boys were still alive, seemed happy, and decided to have another baby. In the case of the house, well, it's still standing and I haven't killed my spouse - although I have threatened him that I would. Purchasing a house that came with a coal furnace, urinal in the basement, and linoleum siding would be a challenge for most, but particularly for owners who have never owned a screwdriver (we now own four because we keep losing them). So, what have I learned and why is it that I'm sharing this with you in a column about careers? Well, like most good partners, most good lessons can be found when you're not actively looking for them:
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