When we got to this section of the course I gave MysteryMan a look that said, “Obviously this guy doesn’t know I have access to Google at all times on my phone, so, in fact, I do know it all.”
MysteryMan responded with a look that I can most accurately interpret as, “shut up and pay attention.”
So apparently (and contrary to popular believe, I’m sure) I don’t know it all, which explains why I’m taking contractors classes with no intention of becoming a contractor.
We’re just finishing up Business Management & Cost Estimating, class 2 of 7 in the prelicensure courses. I actually found the whole thing interesting, since in theory I learned all about Business Management when I got my MBA. (From professors who, as far as I can tell, never actually worked in business.) So while I spent months learning about globalization and macro trends (first and last time business school terminology will rear its ugly head on this website), all they really needed to say was “you do not know it all.”
Knowing is not nearly as important as “can you find it out when you need to?” Or, “can you critically think through a problem and come up with a solution?” Those are the skills that will contribute to success when you dive headfirst into a big, ugly project, the likes of which you’ve never attempted before.
Practice also doesn’t hurt. And neither does an extra-large dose of insanity.
The only thing I preach about on this website is if you want to do it, you can, and your gender, height, occupation, or all those people in your life who look at you with their eyes crossed can’t stop you. As long as you don’t let them.
So the most important lesson MysteryMan and I will learn throughout this big, crazy project is that we do not know it all. Our key to success will be figuring out how to deal with the reality of not knowing everything we need to. (MysteryMan, are you reading this? I vote for Google.)
Hey look, that adorable man just rolled his eyes so far back into his head that they got stuck.
Stop Waxing Philosophic, What Did You REALLY Learn
Okay, okay, I really did learn a couple of interesting facts in Business Management & Cost Estimating.
Did you know:
- You cannot contract to do residential construction in the state of Michican in excess of $600 if you don’t have a license.
- If you are licensed, you must have a written contract to do work — and once you sign that contract you’ve just put half your soul on layaway until you finish it. God forbid you make a mistake in the bidding process, because once that piece of paper is signed You. Are. Screwed.
Here’s something else that will be useful for all of us, especially those putting on their own addition. There are a couple of handy calculators out there that help you figure out if the insulation you have planned is up to code.