The 10 Craftsmen Commandments to Follow On and Off the Job Site

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There’s no profession quite like being a craftsman. It requires a certain level of drive, commitment, and grit that most people don’t have. Craftsmen might come from all walks of life but there’s a unifying creed that connects all who join the ranks. This unspoken code informs everything a craftsman does both on and off the job site. Here, we’ll take a look at the 10 Craftsmen Commandments that all proud craftsmen follow instinctively.

1.  Work smarter, not harder.

Craftsmen are problem solvers at heart. You don’t dive into a project headfirst and hope everything works out. You plan carefully, consider potential obstacles, and implement solutions to overcome these challenges.

2.  Bring the right tools to the job.

A poor craftsman blames their tools. Everyone knows the saying but craftsmen embody this idea. No matter the project, you know exactly which tools to use. Even when facing a problem off the job site, you figure out what you need to solve it and you get to work.

3.  There’s safety in numbers.

Job sites are getting safer by the day but there’s always a level of risk involved in construction. Craftsmen know what it’s like to rely on fellow team members to secure their safety and vice-versa. This sense of trust and commitment is brought to other areas of your life too.

4.  Take pride in your work.

There’s an undeniable sense of satisfaction and accomplishment craftsmen get when completing a project. Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on a major job or just dabbling on a small project at the house, you take pride in the work you do.

5.  Teamwork makes the dream work.

Cheesy? Yes. True? You bet! Teamwork is the cornerstone of a successful construction project. It doesn’t matter if you’re joining a new crew or working with the same team for over a decade, there’s an incomparable sense of camaraderie amongst craftsmen. This powerful connection achieves some amazing results.

6.  Do your job well.

No matter what a craftsman is doing, you can bet the job will get done right – the first time! There are no cutting corners, dodging responsibilities, or pointing the finger. You know exactly what your role is, and you do everything in your power to deliver.

7.  Always improve yourself.

As a craftsman, you’re always seeking out new ways to develop and improve. On the job site, you’re eager to hone your skills to become a more impactful team member. In life, you’re constantly searching for opportunities to push yourself further.

8.  Never quit.

You don’t understand what it means to quit. In fact, the word isn’t even in your vocabulary. When you have a job to do, you’re laser-focused on doing whatever it takes to get it done. No obstacle or challenge will deter you. This same level of dedication spills over into other areas of your life.

9.  Think big picture.

There’s no question about the importance of your work. Craftsmen build bridges, schools, homes, hospitals, supermarkets, and other critical infrastructure. It’s easy to get caught up in the small things day-to-day, but craftsmen never lose sight of their main objectives. This big-picture thinking ensures they’re always on the right track.

10.  Know how to relax.

You know better than anyone the meaning of a hard day’s work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t know how to relax when the job site closes. In fact, you’re a bit of an expert in that area. Where there you’re going on a weekend fishing trip, grilling in the backyard, or just taking a load off on the couch, getting your batteries recharged ensures your work is that much better.

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