Take Pride In Your Craft

Hammering out fenders and getting door seams to line up is labor-intensive, but it’s amazing what can be done with a tube of bondo, sand paper, elbow grease and a little patience.

Learn from failure

You’ll rarely get something right on your first try. Don’t get discouraged. Trial and error is what experts are made of.


Be Confident

Don’t be afraid to make bold decisions and chart out your own path. If you spend your time on the race track keeping an eye on everyone else, you’ll find yourself at the back of the pack.

Make Friends

Be generous. Offer help and advice. When others do well, compliment them. The camaraderie very well may be the most valuable thing you get back for all the time you put in.


Hobbies can keep you sane

Everyone needs an outlet. When life throws you a curve ball focus your energy on something productive. Working on a project you have control over can be extremely therapeutic, even if it’s something small.

Recognize Quality

A car may be faster & more advanced than a 60’s era mustang, but no amount of after market trickery will ever eclipse what happens when good design, materials and functionality come together.

Do It For The Love

It isn’t really all about the race or a finished, polished restoration. There is a lot to be said for the blood, sweat & tears put in along the way.

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  • Karl

    Such good advice! Valid for almost all career paths! in particular design! Cheers for sharing.

  • Zachattack

    Its all true. I have a friend who just opened his first shop and he let me pull a transmission apart with him. I really like being in that environment, it helps me get over the fear that any little thing will do harm to a car. his site btw is http://bwperformance.com (by yours truly).

    I love the fashionably different color for this post.

    • Trent

      Lovely work! At times I envy those able to do such tangible work. On the other hand, swapping layers in photoshop is easier than sanding & buffing.

  • Tanner Christensen

    Too true, especially the last point about doing something because you love it. There are way too many people who go through life doing things they don’t love, only to regret it later on.

    P.S. Love the site design!

  • Curtis K. Gwapo

    Thanks for writing thing. So awesome. Great inspiration at 10:00 am

  • MrJuls

    Excellent advices, which can be applied in many various domains!

  • Tim

    Fantastic. Great advice, I’ve been around these kind of guys my whole life as well. Heres my Dad and I’s current project. Rebuilding his 69 Shelby GT500 http://tinyurl.com/yzqp3pg

    Really dig your site. Just gorgeous to look at and great content.

  • RT-Creative

    good advice really!

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