Don’t take anything too seriously.
Here’s the number one thing a tradie learns. Life isn’t the bits in between jobs. You might as well have fun while you’re at work. Sure, get the job done and get it done well. But if you have a chance, have a laugh with your fellow tradies. A happy workplace means a happy life. Humour is something all tradies have over office workers.
Stick to your own set of values.
We all know that one guy who insists on taking care of the smallest little details of a job. Nobody is going to notice but him. But he does it any way. Because it’s not about what other people think. It doesn’t matter if other people think you did a good job. A job is only good if you feel that you did a good job.
Find a way.
When there’s a problem to be solved, find a way to solve it.
Somebody with a clipboard might tell you that you need to blink seven times and sign a waiver before you hammer in a nail, but when a tradie is faced with a problem, they fix it. If it works, it works and at the end of the day, you’re there to get the job done.
Good people have good dogs.
Any dog that belongs to a tradie will be a good dog, because it’s a dog that given room to be a dog. Dogs aren’t there to be holed up in some city apartment all day, waiting for their owners to get back and overfeed it soufflé. They’re outdoor animals, meant to be free to chase rabbits, explore the terrain. If a person is good to a dog, the dog will be good-natured.
Things are functional.
Everything has a purpose. It should be used properly so that it can complete its task. This is a bigger lesson than it seems, because people are functional too. A funny person makes people laugh and be happy. A hard worker gets a lot of work done. Listening to symphonies and reading books you don’t even like is the opposite of functionality.
I honestly think being a tradie teaches you to be a good person, because tradies see through anyone who isn’t. It’s all about being attentive to the things around you, learning and working hard.