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Remember: Compare and Despair

By Marcus Santer

I was reminded of a very important lesson yesterday.

I’d spent a few hours cutting the slot for the lock of my knife to fit into (you can see a video/picture of it below):

It took me a long time, but I finally got it just right.

And I was happy with what I’d done.

Feeling good about it.

And then I went to Instagram and looked at the work of the knife makers I’m following and…

I despaired.

I’m just getting to grips with making a liner lock work and they’re doing hidden hardware and all kinds of off the wall shizzle.

So I did what I usually do in these situations…

I went to moan about it with Clarabella.

And she said: “Compare and despair huh?”

And she’s absolutely right.

Because I’m learning how to build knives in my spare time, with an hour snatched here and then an hour snatched there a few days later…

My progress is understandably slow.

And Clarabella’s comment made me want to share a couple of good lessons with you today:

1) You can do anything you want, you just can’t do everything you want – I love card tricks, sleight of hand and all kinds of magic. I’d love to be much better at it than I am.

But that would take a lot of time.

And that time would have to come from the ZEN+ Project and my knife making.

But from my experience I’ve found you can either do 1, maybe 2 things well, or you can do a lot of things half-arsed.

Your choice.

2) If you’re going to compare what you’re doing with anyone, compare it with yourself:

Whatever it is, forget about comparing your results with others, especially ‘professionals’ who make a living from doing what they do and spread what they do all over social media.

And look at your own progress instead.

Trust me, you’ll be a lot happier for it.

You see, when I compare the knives I was making 6 months ago…

To what I’m making today…

I’ve made some pretty bugging awesome progress.

And there you have it.

The only comparison of any real merit is with yourself and if you’re making progress – just keep on doing what you’re doing.

Hey, if you enjoyed this ZEN+ Daily post, if you found it to be of value, you’re going to love my ZEN+ book.

In it you’ll discover:

It’s a book like no other available.

And you can only get it here.

Bye for now

Marcus

P.S. I’m sat here writing this in slightly soggy trousers.

​It chucked it down during Louis walk and I got soaked.

​So now I’m off to get changed into some warm, fluffy tracky-bottoms.

And be all snuggly.

You on the other hand should grab yourself a copy of this.