Where to Go from Here

On your mark, get set, GO! "Where?" you ask. Any where you want. If you're not sure where to begin, I suggest starting in Chapter 1 or glancing through the Table of Contents for a topic that interests you. Or you can go to the index to find a specific topic that you want to know more about.

After that, get your tools out, tear open the boxes of stuff you delightedly bought, don your coveralls and safety glasses, and get to work. And have fun while you're at it.

Attitude is the one and only thing you have complete control over in your life. Projects rarely, if ever, go the way you envisioned as you were drawing up the plans. As a lifelong practitioner of projects big and small, I have learned to be patient and enjoy the road every bit as much as the destination. When you run into problems — which you will — smile, take a step back, and come up with a witty joke. The one thing I have learned over and over again (I always have to learn things more than once before they sink in) is that the harder a project is, the more rewarding it will be when it's finished. I can pretty much guarantee that you're going to find out precisely what I'm talking about. Above all else, remember this: Measure twice, cut once.

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