The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is thousands
of years old—possibly stretching back to the ancient Babylonians. The word resolution means being purposeful; intentionally deciding to do or not do something and then following through.
Resolving to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t may sound obvious, but it requires an honest evaluation of both your successes and your failures. Failure is inevitable at times. According to business guru Seth Godin, “If failure is not an option, then neither is success.” Understanding your past challenges, and being willing to change and adapt is the key to growing and improving your business.
This issue is filled with suggestions to help you improve. “The Streamlined Shop” discusses four critical steps that will increase your shop’s efficiency and boost your bottom line. Kathryn Maisto, owner of Fairwinds Canvas, discusses how she mastered her marine canvas skills over a lifetime and is now training a new generation. The 2020 Time Standards Manual, developed with the expertise of the Marine Fabricators Association, will help inform your labor estimates for an efficient and profitable upcoming year. Terri Madden, Sand Sea & Air Interiors, provides construction details about fabricating tricky contoured cushions, and Rob Kotowski, Lake Shore Boat Top Co. Inc., discusses the pros and cons of different marine flooring options.
As we begin another new year, I encourage you to look back and honestly evaluate what you did well and where you fell short in 2019. Resolve to make 2020 your best year ever by taking advantage of the MFA’s education opportunities and by asking for help from your fellow MFA members. Continuing improvement comes from acknowledging your weaknesses. As Seth Godin says, “The art of moving forward lies in understanding what to leave behind.”