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Folks Of Interest Are you your own worse critic?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, May 16, 2019.

  1. A reasonable amount of self-criticism can be a good thing. It allows us to reflect on our decisions and helps us push ourselves to improve and hone our skills

    Sometimes, I tend to go beyond reflecting and become my own worst enemy by overthinking my idea and the reason it won't work instead of what will work, lay awake at night working and reworking something that I should be happy with.

    We all make mistakes just don't dwell on what didn't work or fit like you had hoped but enjoy the things that did work like you hoped. HRP
  2. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,042

    anthony myrick

    Mistakes = learning
    Learning =improving
    Improving = fewer mistakes
    Always ask what would Oddball do

    Sometimes s shot in the dark is the eureka moment you needed
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  3. pkhammer
    Joined: Jan 28, 2012
    Posts: 390


    I tend to hold myself to a higher standard than others. I tend to expect perfection and have trouble moving on with a task unless I'm satisfied that it "just right". A good example of being a perfectionist (or just plain anal) is having paint or bodywork just right even if it's in an area that'll never be seen.
    Maybe not exactly what you're talking about though.......
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  4. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,269

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I treat my car work the same as anything I tackle.
    Paint prep regardless if it a house or a car has always been the best I know to do.
    Carpentry and metal work is always the best design and technique to make it sound.
    I never get anal about trying to impress people with my fabrication by going to the next level.
    Never understood the why behind that.
    Rarely second guess. Unless it’s something I’ve never done before.
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  5. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,827

    from Iowa

    I am absolutely my own worst critic. Nobody else is even close!
  6. As a car builder, I am a hack and I know it,
    But, with my photo art, I am my worst critic.
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,337


    I have a feeling that I'm not my own worst's just that my worst critics are too polite to tell me
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  8. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 770


    I tend to be more picky about work I do for others than what I do for myself.

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  9. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,186

    from Nicasio Ca

    Geez aren't any of you guys married?
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    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,068


    I always tend to beat myself up. I have always been very picky about what I do and very critical of my work
  11. fauj
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 702

    1. 57-60 Ford F100s

    Yep, that is one of my many, many faults! I think I have grandiose visions of what I expect to accomplish and while I tell myself 'you don't need all those years of experience at... to do it right' and generally it turns out exactly as anyone with little to no experience would have done and I end up spending more time to get it closer to acceptable, but still not what I had expected. The added benefit, is my visions force me to move past my current skills and actually learn something. Even though some times the thing I learn is that I should've paid someone else to do it.
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  12. e z i
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 563

    e z i

  13. Chavezk21
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 596


    I suffer from the same fate HRP. I have redone stuff that was good enough. By good enough it was better than I have seen others do. I think that growing up when my dad did stuff, half the time they were half assed and ended up being done again since they were not right. So I have set my good enough standard on the way high end. For the last few years I have been working with a tinbender locally in my area at least once a week. Well that has caused many reworks, now that I have learned to do it right. SIGHo_O:eek::D:rolleyes:
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  14. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,042

    anthony myrick

    You do the best that the situation and circumstances will allow.
    Try to be”perfect” in the moment and not too critical when the moment is over
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  15. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 847


    I've seen enough guys who want everything on their car "perfect." They are the ones who's car never leaves their garage. Just drive the damn thing & have some fun.
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  16. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 416

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    I am definitely my own worst critic. My friends and family always tell me this. They say I am always over thinking things, but in my mind that's a good thing. It's interesting... there are many things that I would never criticize about somebody else, but will not hesitate to beat myself up over something similar on my own projects.
  17. Always keep this in mind——perfection is the enemy of completion.

    I know that doesn’t apply to everyone but it sure does apply to us “regular” guys.
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  18. I am my own worst critic but I bribe myself with Bourbon, burritos or a motorcycle ride. It all depends on the situation.
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  19. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 609


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  20. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 1,268

    oldiron 440

    I did a lot of work for a guy for about seven years his youngest son told me once that your good when you can fix your own fuck ups. Funny thing was he left me to fix his.
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  21. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,116

    Model A Gomez

    I guess I am, I've never been completely happy with anything I've ever built. The car I've enjoyed most is a 30 Model A pickup that was built in 11 months out of parts. I built it as a daily driver and have been driving it for 19 years, ran out of garage space so it has sat outside for 15 years. It has hauled trash, trees and parts in all kinds of weather, got several rust problems and the paint is failing but still enjoy driving it. Guess the moral here is build it for yourself and enjoy it don't worry about it being perfect.

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  22. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 895

    jim snow

    Yes. I am way harder on myself than others. Snowman
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  23. I just second guess myself and do everything over 4 or 5 times.

    Works for me...
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  24. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,392

    from Oregon

    I am an acclaimed critic. I acclaim I strive to build stuff that I want it solid and yet put the effort in to make it cool. Building a bracket that does the job just never seems enough. I do not want an everyday bracket. Its hard.:oops:. Now I really like the technical aspects of a build so that can sometimes make me nutty:D. So I appreciate other craftsmen's work and the way they did it . Sure I may look at the next guys hot rod and quietly say to myself, note to self don't do it like that. But unless he can hear the marbles rattling around he will not know. I can give an "E" for effort though.
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  25. Rex_A_Lott
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 993


    Since the old man's dead, I guess the job falls on me. I inherited his ability to find fault with anything. I made a pretty good living at it though, this troubleshooting thing. Nobody has ever called me to look at a piece of machinery and asked what's good about it, it's always been,"What's wrong with it?". Now if I could just learn to turn that off sometimes.
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  26. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 772

    from colorado

    Yes! yes I am. Wait I probably could have said that better. Maybe I should redo it. Maybe no one will notice, No they will notice. I better do overo_O
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  27. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 3,741

    from Berry, AL

    I just do stuff the best I can. If it doesn’t work, I do it again differently. Most of the time it’s the cheapest way with what I have on hand at the time. But I do try to make stuff cosmetically pretty if I can. Usually that’s my downfall, if I make it tough and ugly it works better!
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  28. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,368

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    I'm not sure if I am anal or just an asshole.
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  29. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 785


    That's who brings me back to center when I go off the deep end.
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  30. But,do you swallow???
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