We just finished up a year of fun at Disneyland (living in California does have its benefits). I have always had mixed feelings about Disneyland. It is truly a love/hate relationship. The love part is easy… children laughing, fun rides, close-up and personal with characters, etc. The hate part is, the crowds, money hungry theme park, etc. There is one thing that I really love about Disney and that, is their attention to detail. Some people may spend a whole day there and not even notice the little things that make it special but it is one of the first things I noticed. I could have picked any ride, show, or restaurant to focus on and post several pictures of details that make it special. They are all amazing if you pay attention and start looking. I decided to snap a couple (okay, I took about 30 but I narrowed it down to two) of photos at California Adventure the other day. I was at the Mermaid ride (probably not the official name but that is what we call it). Just standing in line, you know that you are about to enter a fun place. You start by walking in on a walkway that has shells pressed into the pavement. I often hear people make comments from the very first step, and I was not disappointed on this day, as someone exclaimed with excitement, “Are those shells?” Then, if they are observant, they will begin to notice some of the other details and of course the longer the line, the more details that can be picked out. I don’t think there is even one square yard that doesn’t have something about it, that tells you what ride you are entering. The fence that has “bubbles” in it among the sea grass, the posts with the sea anemone on them, the chandelier above, the speaker covers, the ceiling, the walls, it is all amazing. I could have stood in one place and easily taken twenty photos of the details and of course, don’t forget the ride itself. I think you get the point. It is the details that make it special.
Why do I bring this up? It is because, attention to details is what makes good craftsmanship. It is attention to detail that separates the good artisan from the mediocre one. I want to encourage you, as you work, to pay attention to detail. I know most of us would say that we do pay attention and maybe it is just that more skills need to be learned or practiced. Are you doing your best? Do you pay attention to the little things? I challenge you to do that this week. Make whatever “it” is, to the best of your ability and pay attention to the little things.
Come back and tell me if it made a difference.