That’s the point, isn’t it?
Our friend Ryan Scott, of Rally Team for Dreams, recently shared something which really hit home with him. It’s a quote from US President Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge had this to say:
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
PRESS ON REGARDLESS.
Spend enough time hanging out with stage rallyists and you’re bound to hear this. That’s where I picked it up, and I’ve found myself using it from time to time in emails with people I interview for this magazine.
Some lowlife piece of shit break a window, steal your gauges and stereo? Press on. Lose a wheel at-speed on a special stage? Press on. Only an hour to replace a blown head gasket before the next heat? Press on. Wife run off on you with your best friend? Press. On.
EVEN WHEN IT SUCKS.
You saw my recent post asking What’s the point? The next morning, I woke up to an email from a good friend. I’m not going to name names yet (in the off chance I completely drop the ball on this one), but let’s just say he’s managed to do all the motorsport things I’ve wanted to do – many times over – since I picked up my own would-be rally/race car.
He told me he wanted me to be able to look back and say, “That was easy. Now what?” If I was ready to commit to the work, he would commit to helping get organized and make this dream come true. Wow. That’s bad ass.
DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE.
Confucius once said, “It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.” First thing I did was make a list of everything I can think of that needs done on my rally car project. This was actually very easy. It was almost like a laundry list of excuses.
Next thing I did was enter all that data into a spreadsheet. I use Google Drive (aka: Google Docs). I kept things fairly organized. Nice thing about doing this? It’s free. I created five total pages in this workbook: POWERTRAIN, CHASSIS, LEGAL, RALLY, and LOG.
USE YOUR HEAD.
Or start documenting what you need to do to your head (or heads, if you aren’t running inline). I started there, then moved to the block, then to the gearbox. Once I thought I had everything, I went back and arranged items into better groups.
Then I remembered things I forgot, added them, and re-organized things again. I did this for the head, bottom end, fuel system, intake/exhaust, driveline, and belts/misc. on the first page. Second page, as you can see above, was chassis, followed by pages for legal, rally, and log.
Once I had everything I could think of down on “paper,” I began filling in the easy cost estimates. Did you notice the items with the green stripes on them? Those are things I’m pretty sure I can do for less than US$20. Good to know, right?
It’s still a work in progress, but I also started trying to sort things according to the order they need to be done. An easy example – you don’t install the engine (free) before you re-assemble it. (Well, you can, but that’s not how I’m rolling this time around.)
At this point, I was fairly surprised at how small my list ended up being. I mean, it’s still pretty big, but there’s a lot that can be done for less than US$20 (in green) and plenty of “stage 1” things to do that which will cost nothing out of pocket. These will be my first order of business as I reboot this project on shoestring budget.
GET THINGS DONE.
Not git-r-done, that’s just ignorant, slack-jawed pretense. Get. It. Done. First thing I did? I went back out and cleaned up the garage – again. It looks better than it has in years. I even have a “crash cart” for tools I can roll wherever I need them and a new power strip on my clean workbench, which is ready for action.
PRESS ON. REGARDLESS.
I’ve only just begun to fight, but at least now I have something concrete in front of me I can look at to see real, actual progress – on things I can do immediately and for almost no money – which is perfect for my budget right now.
I’m going to try and make progress on this project every week. And I’m going to share that progress here. It feels like this could be just the thing to get me moving on this dream.
Do you do anything like this with your automotive projects? I’d love to hear about any tips or tricks you came up with. Thanks for stopping by. Keep going fast with class. And press on regardless. Make it happen!