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Brad Strand
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#1 Posted: 10/15/2009 00:25:47 Modified: 10/15/2009 15:16:52

In another thread Adam Smith asked about something he called "Project Paralysis".  This is when your homdbuilding project gets stalled for one reason or another and you have difficulty getting yourself restarted.  I admit that this has happened to me for various reasons, and has lasted for various time periods.  the worst one I went through was an unexpected death in my immeadiate family that really took the wind out of my sails.  I didn't feel like doing anything for a long while.  When I did start to pick myself back up it seemed, well, a little disrespectful to devote myself to something purely for my own pleasure after losing someone so close.  Finally I was able to think my way through it and tell myself "This person loved me, they would want me to be happy, they would want me to finish my project".  In my mind I always carry this person with me now whenever I work on my project.  I think about how happy they would be knowing that I didn't give up.  In a way, I am never alone now when I work on my project.

I am looking forward to hearing your stories about "Project Paralysis" and how you coped with it.


Donald Morrisey
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#2 Posted: 10/15/2009 12:39:29

Hi Brad,

Your "paralysis' was somewhat unique and sounds like a great story in and of itself.  I have found it is very easy to just go look at my project and dream about what it could be...I know I could spend hours doing that.  For me the key has been to be persistent.  Many times I go ouit to the garage with just the intent of cleaning up...or drilling two holes..or safety wiring two nuts, generally those activities lead to more production.  So I guess I'm saying a good approach is no time frame, never think about it in terms of "you are building an airplane".  I like to think "I'm running 2 wires tonight".  Over time it all adds up.  I have 1400 hours and 4 years into my project now, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel, but I had a lot more get up and go the first two years.  Frustration does build up and takes a toll (if you haven't done it 3 times, it's not done happy).  Persistence though, keeps your mind in the game.



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