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Experience is not always the best teacher
I just wanted to take a moment to share this from Dan's Lost Art Revisited book. (Picture attached) This story really struck home with me. I was trained by these older guys when I was coming up as a service technician. When I look back on it now, I realize that some were good, but the majority of them had never read a manual or a book in their life. When I started reading and working on my own, it felt almost like I was starting over. I had to relearn what I thought I had already learned. It pains me when I see young guys coming up now who refuse to read anything or seek any form of education other than experience.
What I really find aggravating, being a younger guy, is when an older guy doesn't want to believe what I am saying because I only have 11 years of experience to his 20 or 30. I have to fight this a lot. Project managers, salesmen, supervisors, other techs, not wanting to listen to the solution to a problem they asked to be solved. I have run many many calls behind older "more experienced" technicians who couldn't fix some of the simplest problems, and when you confront them about it they are not pleased. I just felt like I could relate with that story as I have been on the negative side of it, and never want to be that old guy teaching the wrong thing.
Shout out to all the great old guys here and all the guys who love learning! And to all the guys who keep teaching and providing educational material for us who are coming up. This a great community full of wonderful people.
Never stop learning.