My wife and I were talking to our contractor about some house remodeling and my wife said casually, “Our house is falling apart.” “It is not!” I snapped back. Of course, just an hour later the cabinet door above basically came off in my hands. Talk about an attitude adjustment!

I tried several attempts at fusing the broken hinge and after they all failed I bought new hinges (European, frameless, 165° – who knew?!), and a special (Forstner) drill bit to make a hole in the interior of the cabinet for the hinge to sit in. It took me only 30 minutes and now our cabinet door once again sits aright.

There was more research than labor involved.

Sometimes figuring out what needs to be done is more challenging than the actual doing. I find that a lot. Maybe that’s why I am an executive advisor… except when it comes to my cabinet. For that, I am the laborer as well as the foreman.

Where might you apply some research to get a sticky job done this week?

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

– Douglas Adams