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Know the System

Don’t let someone else’s inferior work be your standard for how to do your work.

A lesson learned while helping put himself through college came back to a plant engineer several times in his career. As a student, he ran a home-based auto repair business under his father’s direction.

He was having trouble replacing the brake hardware and drum shoes on one customer’s car. Noticing his son was taking too long, the father came over to see what was going on. “Son, those brakes aren’t made to be put on backwards.”

He was putting

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