This is the fourth of SIX installments detailing our beliefs on the global gearhead movement. These will lead to the rules, so – if you’re a real gearhead – please make a point of letting us know how you feel about these statements. Do you agree or disagree? Did we miss anything?
Now that we’ve shared how gearheads think about platforms, how we view our automotive pursuits, and our thoughts on the maintenance & repair mindset, we’re going to really get into the meat-and-potatoes of gearhead life – modification! Is this the way YOU feel about vehicle modification?
We can all learn from each other, but it all depends on our perspectives.
How we modify our OWN vehicles:
- SMART goals – We know exactly what we want at each stage of the game and set specific, measurable goals to ensure we can track our progress toward achieving them. We know this helps us save time & money while also keeping us motivated.
- We seek to understand technical theories & apply them in our projects so that we might master them. “Know something about everything & everything about something.”
- We also develop our own theories and test them.
- We seek out mentors to keep the community strong and gain a strong understanding of things.
- We document our efforts, results, & findings so the entire community can advance together.
- We build relationships with vendors with an eye on mutually beneficial partnerships in the future.
How we help OTHERS modify THEIR vehicles:
- We coach to SMART goals, so others will know the sense of accomplishment and progress with their projects.
- We look for similarities between their projects & our own in order to establish common ground.
- We “accentuate the positive,” finding something good to say about a project before offering criticism.
- How SMART are YOUR goals?
- Have you ever had a mentor? Tell us about it!