Cabinetmaking is a great career filled with a variety of mental and physical challenges. It’s also can, at times, feel like a lifelong exercise in anger management. You may become angered if your wood arrives late, if it’s the wrong length or color, or if it has a crack or knot in it. Dropping things (components, tools, scalpels) on our toes can anger us as well. Consider these opportunities to exercise calm, to reflect on the ego-less environment in which you work, and to laugh at how wood always seems to win.
- Anger isn’t caused by events, it’s caused by our emotional response to events.
- A crack or knot in wood and a dropped tool on your toe are two things that anger cabinetmakers.
- These occurrences can make you laugh about how wood always wins in the end.
“Being a cabinetmaker is one of life’s great careers. You get to challenge yourself mentally and physically, and there is precious little in the way of down time.”