The Wisdom of The Bricklayer

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I’d like to think that I create pithy content that is truly interesting, but the truth is I find more interesting stuff by other people than I will probably ever create on my own.

Here is an example. This is one of those heard it from a from a friend who heard it from a friend type things. This is from Jared Croslow’s blog, Cliconomics in an email from Konrad Braun of Empire Marketing fame. Good stuff. Check it out.

Ever get one of those flash backs while working on something?
I was just sitting here working on some backlink systems and an old memory came to me.
It was from when I was about 14yrs old, and I was just starting to learn the family trade of Bricklaying.
I come from a long line of Bricklayers and Tuckpointers. For generations my family has built churches, court houses, and even skyscrapers.
But what I remember is when I first started to learn bricklaying, and the lesson it taught me about business and life.
You see bricklaying is hard work.
Your back hurts.
It’s hot.
The hours suck.
And for a 14 yr old kid it seemed like an impossible task.
My uncle and I were on one of my first bricklaying job which was to rebuild the side of a wall of an old garage.
It was overwhelming to me. Hundreds upon hundreds of bricks.
“How will we ever finish?” I thought.
But my uncle taught me one of the most important lessons of my life…
“We will do it one brick at a time, and lay each brick as perfectly as possible.”
And so we began. One brick at a time. Add a little mortar. Slide it into place. Tap it a little. Line it up. Check the level. Scrap off the excess. Rinse & Repeat.
At first nothing seemed to be happening.
But before my very eyes a wall began to form. A wall that was strong enough to withstand storms, and to provide protection from intruders.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was learning how to create anything of great value in life.
It’s not fast.
It’s going to suck at times.
And at first it appears nothing is happening.
But then all of a sudden, all that hard work. Materializes into a wall!
Are you a bricklayer?
I know what ever you may be working on today can at times seem overwhelming.
I know it can seem as if you will never get to where you want to be.
But I promise you, if you just focus on laying one brick at a time, as perfectly as you can lay a brick.
Not only will you build a wall, but a wall that will survive the storms, and be there for people to come and see for years to come.
So go lay a brick… as perfectly as you can lay a brick.
Have a great Monday,

Jared Croslow
p.s. My grandfather also taught me another very important lesson.
“Your back is only good for so long.”

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