Hammering Out a Living


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Table of Contents

Section I: Choosing Your Path
Section II: Good Morning!
Section III: The Importance of Your Values
Section IV: Striving to Be Better
Section V: Reputation Matters
Section VI: Do the Math
Section VII: Planning for Success




Hammering Out a Living

A Carpenter’s Guide for a Successful Life

by Karl D. Hughes

The truths that I present are universal, and they are not exclusive to those who work in blue-collar trades such as carpentry. However, my work is intentionally directed at my fellow carpenters because they work so hard yet find little opportunity to hear these concepts. My AHAbook is intended for all who go out to work to provide for themselves and their loved ones.

Without question, many of us have already realized a few of the ideas presented. We have been taught these ideas by parents and other mentors. But some folks, through no fault of their own, have never heard any of the ideas discussed in this book. If you’re one of these people, then this book is just for you!

Whether you have heard this before and it reminds you of something or refreshes your willingness to work toward your personal goals or if you are hearing this for the first time, the message is the same, the message is important, and the message works.

My message to you is this: “Yes, you are good enough. Yes, you are worthy. Yes, your best is good enough. Yes, there is honor and dignity in all walks of life. And yes, yes, yes, you can be successful while working with your hands in a blue-collar occupation. Yes, you can be successful without formal education or a college degree.”

After all, I am a time-traveler, here to let you know what to expect in and to give you a glimpse as to what can be in store for you in the future.

Hammering Out a Living is part of the THiNKaha series, whose slim and handy books contain 140 well-thought-out AHA messages. Increase your online influence by picking up AHAthat, and easily share quotes from this book on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ via this link: http://aha.pub/ACarpentersGuide

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About the Author


Karl D. Hughes
Karl D. Hughes


Karl D. Hughes is a teacher, mentor, and speaker who uses his unique background and knowledge to motivate others to personal, professional, and financial success. Karl’s forty-plus years of construction industry experience (master carpenter, business owner, union member, and trade instructor) gives him a fresh perspective on goal setting and using one’s own skills to succeed. He has a keen ability to communicate his passions to others.

As a sixth-generation carpenter, Karl believes that construction and other blue-collar trades are overlooked as vital and rewarding careers, and he encourages others to explore these opportunities. Karl has a passion for life and learning that he seeks to spark in all those around him.

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