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Is second guessing

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irrigationgrl, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. irrigationgrl

    irrigationgrl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Is second guessing yourself a useful thought process in this line of work?
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,218

    It is if you can get paid time and material while you're doing it payup
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,184

    Not very useful to me. Make a decision and stick with it. If it doesn't work, then change it next time. You'll be thinking coulda, woulda, shoulda all day long if you don't live with your decision.

    Are you second guessing our little club here? :)
  4. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,921

    confidence is the key to most things
  5. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,295

    Sure it is! Uhhh, well.....maybe it isn't.
    Oh no! I can't decide! :confused:
  6. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    I don't think you worded the question right. That or I am not following your question at all. Wondering, or "second guessing", why or how you got to point B from point A happens. Making an extra effort to second guess how you got to a particular point can be self destructive. Going back through your thought procedure when your current location in the problem solving path is not where you want to be is simple trouble shooting. The "what assumption did I make" that got me here and why was it WRONG is, again, just trouble shooting. Figuring out the "right" path separates the professional from the trunk slammer, but even a true pro can spend days on a project that "should" have only taken a couple of hours. Right ML?

    Beating yourself up over how much you left on the table is a different kind of second guessing, and I've never found it productive. Make a decision about pricing you can live with and then LIVE with it.
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,087

    Very true, you never quit learning. :cry:
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    That depends. If it leads to future improvements in application and efficiency, then yes it is useful, but not necessarily while on the job.

    Correct preparation/planning is essential to any project and will help minimize your "second guessing" episodes.

    That being said, don't be afraid to correct mistakes along the way especially if it is related to the quality of your work. Personally, if I see something during a job that I "should have done" a certain way, I correct it on my dime.
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,087

    I've done designs off a LA plant call-out only to have to re-do the whole thing in the field to get proper coverage after the plant specs were changed. :dizzy:
  10. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    I say there should be no first guessing. Helps avoid second guessing.

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