My goal is to get better every day. Become a better husband, a better father, a better neighbor, and a better craftsman.
How do you get better? I recently read the book No Hero by former Navy Seal Mark Owen who writes, “The only easy day was yesterday.” For some reason that saying resonates with me. Perhaps it’s because I can relate having been through Ranger School, or maybe it’s just in my DNA. To me, constantly challenging yourself and growing is what life’s all about. If you aren’t going to be ‘all in’ all the time, what’s the point? Mediocrity is easy. Mediocrity is boring. Mediocrity doesn’t get you the National Wood Flooring Association’s (NWFA) Wood Floor of the Year. In the hardwood flooring world, that’s the pinnacle. That’s my goal.
The NWFA is a wonderful association that believes in the power of education. An educated installer/sand & finisher is a vital asset to the overall strength of the industry, to retailers, to themselves, and most importantly to the customer. The NWFA has a Certified Professionals program that validates an installer/sand & finisher’s industry knowledge and expertise by completing a certification process which culminates in both a written and hands-on test. I will be attending a 4 day intermediate level installation course this summer, which is the first step in the certification process.
Certification is only one piece of the education pie. On the job learning is crucial. No two jobs are exactly the same. Overcoming unforeseen obstacles on the job is invaluable education. Keeping up to date with industry news through Hardwood Floors Magazine and seeking out hardwood flooring books, shines a light on different perspectives. Learning and sharpening carpentry skills through furniture building increases flooring precision.
So many people reach a certain point in their career (life) where they shift into cruise. No more challenges, no more education, just set the heading to retirement (death) and ride it out. That’s not me. That’s not Patrick Flooring.