It was a hot summer day when, being 13 years old, I made a big decision – I was going to build a fort in our backyard. With visions or secret hideouts and endless fun, I grabbed my dad’s tools and headed out.
Conveniently, my dad had a pallet of concrete for a project he was going to do. Well, he thought he was going to anyway!
So I started. I set up the wooden frame for my base and got ready to pour the concrete. I must have mixed 100 bags of concrete that day. At least that’s how my 13 year old brain remembers it!
I was a little worried and also excited for my dad to come home. Would he be mad that I used all his concrete?
When he got home from work, feeling a bit scared, I told him about all the hard work I did pouring the concrete for my fort. To my surprise, my dad wasn’t mad at all.
He said, “Brett, you’ve done a great job with the frame and pouring the concrete… but did you put any rebar in your slab?” My heart dropped. I didn’t know what rebar was.
That day, I learned a valuable lesson. And not just about the rebar! If you don’t make mistakes, it just means you’re just not trying. Mistakes, if you think about them in the right way, can make you stronger, better at solving problems, and more adaptable.
I’ve learned not to be scared of making mistakes. And I’ve made plenty over the years but continue to learn from each and every one of them.
If you’re curious about what happened to my summer project, well, I kept on building my fort and it turned into something I was really proud of! As expected, the slab had lots of cracks but it did its job and also served as a reminder of the lesson I learned.
From those early years of trying and learning, my love for building stuff and fixing things has only grown.
My hope with this website is to bring a little bit of that knowledge and experience to others.
Thank you for being here, I appreciate you.