Things you don’t know you don’t know…

Good morning, scrap-happy people! I was just in the shower (where I tend to do my best thinking) and I figured out what I’m going to blog about today. I have so many things I could choose, but I have been trying hard to stick with fewer goals at one time and get more of them accomplished.

So today’s blog entry provokes some interesting thought. Way back before I had my kids, before I started scrapping, and before dirt, my ex-husband and I were employed by WalMart Stores, Inc. as assistant store managers. As such, we had to attend various leadership seminars and classes, and we had a really interesting tour of the aspects of running a multi-million dollar unit during our training program.

Buddy was a natural. His stores appear to run themselves and I don’t know how he does it, because I’m a total rules-girl and I felt like I had to pull teeth to get people to do what I needed them to do. But he could pull anything off in any amount of time–just retail management material. Anyway–after I left the company to pursue my dreams of being a music teacher, he went on to follow in the footsteps of one of his supervisors at some leadership training forum. It cost what I thought was a pretty penny back in those days, but I was up to my eyeballs in credit card debt, so things were especially tight.

I don’t remember the name of the program. It was one of those things where you go to a hotel banquet room and some dude speaks and gives you all this motivation and then you have to go get more people to sign up and pay this fee to come hear the same spiel. I thought, “What a racket,” at the time. But little did I know that one line he brought back from that place would stick with me 10 years, two kids, one marriage and one divorce later. He came home to me and said this:

There are three things you need to be aware of:
#1 You know what you know.
#2 You know what you DON’T know.
#3 You DON’T know what you don’t know.

He told me that #s 1 and 2 were easy, but that #3 was the trick. You should always strive to overcome #3.

Aaaaaand that’s where I am today. This morning, I made a list for myself, “Tutorials I need to find for PSE”. It’s a list of the general scrapbook techniques I would like to learn on Photoshop Elements to help in my digital business endeavor! Today I am going to publish that list. You never know, maybe that will drive me to learn them faster, if everybody else can see my goals.

Then, as I was thinking about this list, I wondered where I can find a compilation of techniques for both digital and traditional scrapping, and because I’ve looked for such a thing before and not really found what I’m looking for, I thought I’d post one myself. It will be a work in progress because I can’t possibly find them all RIGHT NOW. I will start off with a small list and expand it as I can get around to new ones. Once I find the right blogs and sites to research and teachers, hopefully I will be able to keep abreast of new techniques–that is, once I’ve logged the old favorites. Because, I don’t know what I don’t know and that’s exactly what I am going to strive to find out. Thanks for reading! List coming soon!!

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