Is Your Own Work Worthy of Your Signature?

Craftsmanship Requires Accountability

“Artisan” was the term used before the advent of mass manufacturing to describe people who made things or provided services with a distinctive touch and flair in which they took personal pride.

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, this included just about everyone: the shoemaker, the doctor, the dressmaker, the saddler. Artisans gave a personal touch to whatever they did, and they often carved their initials into their work.

It’s a good mind-set to have for whatever job you are doing: Would you want to put your initials on it when it’s done?

That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

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