One of my new fall traditions to is to visit a historic barn as a way to experience the heritage of our state. The barn I saw this year was built in the 1860s, a time when any type of building was an arduous task, let alone the rigor of farming around it.

I was struck by the ingenuity used in its construction. The ceiling beams are sawed-in-half tree trunks, still covered in bark. The walls were cemented together stones. There were no finished, planed lumber planks or uniform pre-cast bricks but the farmer made do anyway – in a sturdy enough manner that it has remained for over 150 years.

It is easy to delay a project because you don’t have the proper tools or equipment. Sometimes you opt to wait until everything is “just right” before beginning. The next time you’re tempted to use this excuse, think of the historic barns and press on anyway. Achieving completion resourcefulness is better than perfection.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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