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If I knew then what I know know


#1

I would like to start a new thread. “if I knew then what I know
now”. I’ll go first: I probably shouldn’t have bought all those
expensive hammers.

Ed Ledner


#2

Hello Ed

What fun!!

Here’s mine: I’d have stocked up on gold on Feb 28, 2001 when it was
at $269.20/oz!!

Yup. I found some bits labeled with that market price when I last
did inventory.

Judy in Kansas


#3

I wouldn’t have bought all those cheap pliers - Go with Lindstrom
Rx.

Kelley


#4

I would have bought better tools and stones to begin with.

Louise
http://www.jewelryspectrum.com


#5
Here's mine: I'd have stocked up on gold on Feb 28, 2001 when it
was at $269.20/oz!! 

Does anybody remember that in 70’s platinum was cheaper than gold.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#6

I would have got better stone setting training early on. And I never
would have started drinking coffee.

Stephen Walker


#7

Its difficult to remember things back so far in history, (around 35
years ago) but if I knew then what I know now I would have bought
more gold at $35 per ounce. Only problem, I was a hobbyist and the
only way I could buy gold was by buying old rings and things.

Lee Epperson
http://leessilver-lee.blogspot.com


#8

I would have kept all of my brain cells, saved money, kept my knees
together, and finished college in my twenties. And believed in
myself.

Nel


#9

I would have gotten out of the shop more. The metal will still be
here in the morning. Enjoy your friends. They make the journey an
adventure.

(He says, after having spent the last 5 hours engraving on
titanium… Ugh!)

Brian Meek.


#10

I would have set up accounting software immediately. (Okay- so 30
years ago this kind of software wasn’t available- but I should have
gotten on board a long long time ago.) Being able to look at your
business clearly can be very motivating. It helps you to really see
where the money is going and coming from.

Great thread!

Kate Wolf in Portland, Maine hosting wicked good workshops by the
bay. www.katewolfdesigns.com www.wolftools.com


#11

I’d have learned sooner to just not complain.

Noel


#12

…I wouldn’t have bought my first business 4 days before the stock
market crashed in 87, and I wouldn’t have paid so much and I would
have insisted on a long term lease being in place before signing the
buyout.

And I would have realized the trap of over utilizing credit.


#13

I would have: done nothing different. The butterfly effect is too
unpredictable and reality is so malleable. Different choices create
different realities, who is to say they would be better? Sorry, I am
feeling very existential today.

Nanz Aalund
www.nanzaalund.com


#14

I would never hesitate to raise prices.

I would never hesitate to drop slow paying wholesale clients.

I would limit the type of wholesale work I accepted by specializing
in only custom and the most difficult repairs.

I would spend more time with my kids and make sure my wife always
knew she was the center of my life.

Mark


#15

I would have been more comfortable as a woman with a brain. The
message of never beating a man at anything was so pervasive, and
uncomfortable, it was hard to deal with.

Acceptance and change, are still far to slow for me.

Hugs,
Terrie


#16

I’d have become a jeweler 40 years ago when I still had 20/20 vision
and strong hands instead of ‘discovering’ it long after my 50th!

Still, I’d have missed out on a lot of other things, so I’ll just be
grateful for what I’ve got!!

Jane Walker


#17

Present company accepted (I’ve never had bad dealings with anyone on
Orchid). I would be more careful of people who I do business with
that claim to be my friend. Business is business; friendship is
friendship. Use caution when mixing them.

Rick Copeland
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Rocky Mountain Wonders
Colorado Springs, Colorado
rockymountainwonders.com


#18

Its difficult to remember things back so far in history, (around 35
years ago) but if I knew then what I know now I would have bought
more gold at $35 per ounce. Only problem, I was a hobbyist and the
only way I could buy gold was by buying old rings and things.

Lee Epperson
http://leessilver-lee.blogspot.com


#19

I would allow my creative side more expression and more time earlier
in my life. As the breadwinner for my family, that creativity often
had to be subsumed below the economic realities of the daily grind.
Now, as my finances are more stable and I am looking at retirement in
a few years, I can expand my stage and indulge myself at my bench and
sketchbook. In many ways, because of this I am happier than I have
been in a long time.


#20

I’d have been a professional golfer and purchased thousands of
dollarsworth of jewelry from all over the country to wear while I
was on tour !Instead, I am a professional jeweler dreaming of
playing golf everyday when I “retire” from the bench.