Sometimes you just look around and see a capital improvement that needs to be made. That's what happened yesterday. I'm proud to say I'm always thinking, and I'm willing to put forth the effort to do what it is I'm thinking of.
As most of you know, I've been heavily involved in the day to day production of tires at my own residential tire plant. I'm proud to say I'm a proud member of the Residential Industrial Movement (RIM), in which every man can have his own factory and take his product to market.
Of course, it was huge to contemplate building a tire factory in my back yard, then to follow through and actually do it. It was the kind of effort that seemingly would be impossible for a guy with limited resources to do. But I faced the many challenges and followed through on the task, accomplishing it and overcoming every obstacle, practically without help.
And now I've done it again! I made a decision and I followed through ... in a dynamic burst of concentrated activity. What I did was this: I completely shut down production through the morning yesterday and put in a window between my little office and the plant. It's a small window, about two foot wide and 10 inches tall. The same size, actually, as a standard basement window.
This was a dynamic break from my other responsibilities, a power break, accomplishing the task that was set before me. Dynamism is at the heart of the entire RIM, key to all our actions, as opposed to the major industrial powers, who generally do things by rote, out of desperation, or with the secret intention of screwing the little guy.
For me, to put in this window was a great thing. The time I lost in production was nothing compared with the sense of really getting something done. It was a power break, I said, because it was a break with a great purpose. I'd been thinking about it, I thought how it would go, I thought of what I would do, I thought of the process of doing it, and lastly, I saw the pieces fall into place, envisioning it. Finally, the time was right.
In short, I came to the conclusion that I seriously needed a small window between my office and the plant, the window to have the dual purpose of seeing into the plant and seeing into the office. Wherever I am, I can see the other place.
The way it was done, briefly, is this: A guy who does these kinds of jobs came over. He happens to be one of the county's best glass cutters, and he installs a very good frame too. With the frame in place, he put the window up against it, then applied a gum-like substance against it around the edges.
Looking back with nearly a day's hindsight, I can say, it's good to have the job done. Not only conceived and planned, but accomplished. First, an entire factory, and now a window. This can only help my production values and, eventually, my overall bottom line.