WADDA JACKASS! (Read time 1:07) So we have this large back porch deck that’s completely covered with an open slat pergola. We wanted to get a few estimates on covering the top completely so we could enjoy the deck even in the rain (awesome wife’s idea). So I called a few contractors and gathered a few estimates. Ultimately one guy stood out from the rest. He proceeded to explain two different techniques to build the roof, along with two drastically different prices; really cheap and very expensive. Then I asked, “If this were your house, how would you do it?” He paused for a moment then replied, “Well, there’s the right way and the jackass way. If this were my house, I’d probably do it the jackass way first, then if that didn’t work I’d do it the right way...but that’s just me.” He saw a puzzled look on my face, then offered, “If you do it the jackass way it will probably not leak, but I won’t guarantee it. If you do it the right way I’ll guarantee it.”  So I thought out loud, “gee it doesn’t rain that much in So.Cal...ok let’s try the jackass way!” The job took about five days to complete and looked great. I paid the guy and the awesome wife went out and bought new patio furniture. Then, about six weeks later it rained. A good strong April shower too. Guess what? IT LEAKED!  So I gave him a call, and he reminded me (with a smirk in his voice), “you had a clear choice from the beginning and you choose the jackass way!”  Believe it or not, I like this guy, so he’s coming back next week to do it the right way. Need I explain the deeper message here? We always have a clear choice to do it faster and cheaper, OR do it right the first time. Whether it’s a record, book, website or home improvement. And while amateurs are so excited to finish the project and tell all their Facebook friends, they usually miss the mark (that’s why they’re still amateurs). However the extraordinary artist and exceptional CEO will not be rushed. The professional will take however much time and money she needs to get it right...the FIRST time. Have you ever gone the way of the jackass?
J Michael Dolan

WADDA JACKASS! (Read time 1:07)

So we have this large back porch deck that’s completely covered with an open slat pergola. We wanted to get a few estimates on covering the top completely so we could enjoy the deck even in the rain (awesome wife’s idea). So I called a few contractors and gathered a few estimates. Ultimately one guy stood out from the rest. He proceeded to explain two different techniques to build the roof, along with two drastically different prices; really cheap and very expensive. Then I asked, “If this were your house, how would you do it?” He paused for a moment then replied, “Well, there’s the right way and the jackass way. If this were my house, I’d probably do it the jackass way first, then if that didn’t work I’d do it the right way...but that’s just me.” He saw a puzzled look on my face, then offered, “If you do it the jackass way it will probably not leak, but I won’t guarantee it. If you do it the right way I’ll guarantee it.”  So I thought out loud, “gee it doesn’t rain that much in So.Cal...ok let’s try the jackass way!”

The job took about five days to complete and looked great. I paid the guy and the awesome wife went out and bought new patio furniture. Then, about six weeks later it rained. A good strong April shower too. Guess what? IT LEAKED!  So I gave him a call, and he reminded me (with a smirk in his voice), “you had a clear choice from the beginning and you choose the jackass way!”  Believe it or not, I like this guy, so he’s coming back next week to do it the right way.

Need I explain the deeper message here? We always have a clear choice to do it faster and cheaper, OR do it right the first time. Whether it’s a record, book, website or home improvement. And while amateurs are so excited to finish the project and tell all their Facebook friends, they usually miss the mark (that’s why they’re still amateurs). However the extraordinary artist and exceptional CEO will not be rushed. The professional will take however much time and money she needs to get it right...the FIRST time.

Have you ever gone the way of the jackass?


COMMENTS


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Posted By A Girl I know
Tried the right way
And spent good money and time hiring the best (who are praised in their respective fields) and things still didn't work out. Everything happens for a reason... luckily, the new recruits are more affordable, thereby giving me a bit more to put towards marketing. Hoping it works out on this next round...


Posted By Dadgumit
"I know a little about it" Skynard
Being a Jackass I mean!:-) It comes with being human I think. I always enjoy your articles Michael!


Posted By vernon
time
There is never enough time to do it right, but there is always time to do it again.


Posted By Dave
Reply to macmusicguy
You kinda missed the point mate, I specifically cited the opening keys riff to like a rolling stone, no space here to go into detail, google box it bro. And sorry, but your point about the 'idiom' is moot, because music is the idiom, like building was the idiom. Idiom is a form of expression natural to someone, so of course the aforementioned fit that criteria. That's why they're musicians...


Posted By Peter Kimmel
Jackass Way vs.Happy Hands At Home
Years ago, my best friend, Michael S. (now deceased) and I started handling the Fixing of many things around each of our homes, plumbing, window glazing, painting, you name it. Even one guest house roofing job. Eventually, I declared that we should started calling our official efforts the "Coupla Schmucks Construction Company - Where we take a two hour project and turn it into a three day ordeal." We often fulfilled our Mission Statement. We also started calling our Moving Company, "Nick & Chips".


Posted By mark grove
the jackass way
you're right, doing it right the first time is best Mike. Only if there are problems in the way the recording or any promo is done should be done again.


Posted By Skippy O'Nasica
Think you may have it right...
...with regards to the music industry as with other lines of business. Sure, the first take may be the best. Once the performance is in the bag, though, things like mixing, mastering and marketing take time. If they are rushed and not done right, it doesn't matter how good the players were - the record will be compromised. Timely post from my point of view, as I'm wrestling with the limits of my home studio. Should one try to do the entire project in house, after the bed tracks are laid down? Everything except the mastering? Where IS the sweet spot between a lean budget vs. blowing the bank to the point where you might not be able to afford to release the damn thing?


Posted By Kingvegas
Amateur
It's a bit of an apples and oranges comparison. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as is art. The important part is that their be MAGIC in the work whether it's the first or thousandth take- improvised off the top or meticulously and painstakingly crafted. Knowing, seeing, understanding and performing MAGIC is the ONLY important factor regarding the creative process in my opinion. Without magic you only demonstrated time and effort.


Posted By RichardFrank
So why did you?
So what clicked in YOU to take the easy (cheaper) road on the patio roof?


Posted By Rachel
I've Been the Jackass..
Thank you Michael for your great blogs..and also everyone's comments are so very good and thought provoking. I have a bunch of new music to record, but have a long wait for the band to be available..hard to make music when your band memebers have to pay child support payments...nevertheless, it gives me opportunity to practice more and more..work on the slide, ect.. Anyways...thank you so much!!:-) Rachel


Posted By JP Cervoni

I'm with Dave/Beg to differ...this does not necessarily apply to the music industry. Some of my best session work, as a guitar player, did not come from taking my time/using the best equipment (Custom instruments, Boutique amp, etc) there i go with a borrowed cheap guitar and a practice amp, my knowledge/experience and God given talent delivered the goods, because i knew how to use average "material" for best results. Same with my production skills and results, the best work i've dune, with the most financial results i did at my home studio, using average equipment, instead of going to the pro recording studios i'm use to work at. Hire a pro musician/producer/writer and you will get pro results on any level/situation


Posted By astrology songs .com
Me
For the employees at Facebook's headquarters there is a sign on the wall: "MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS"


Posted By MacMusicGuy.com
Reply to Dave: "To apply that rationale...."
Bob Dylan/Stones/Ryan Adams/Booker T - true, they could knock out some stuff, but the stuff they knocked out quickly was already in a familiar idiom - and they had spent a TON of time working in that idiom....therefore they could just "knock it out" in a couple of days. There was no magic there - well, no "magical" magic. It was magic backed up by a TON of hard work!


Posted By k pete
Pick 2
You can only pick 2: you can have it right, cheap, or on time. If you pick right and cheap, it will be late. If you pick right and on time, it won't be cheap. If you pick cheap and on time, it won't be right.


Posted By Woodman
Take The Chance
Please, Music people rush it ALL the time...that's what we do. And especially, the Pros know when to LEAVE IN those mistakes and imperfections that often times set the record apart. Asserting that we are somehow left-brained people is not only an invalid premise, it's ludicrous. On the other hand, some guys over-work a track so long with indecision that they can take the heart out of it. Shortcuts often work; we use them all of the time.


Posted By dave
Beg to differ...
Sorry Michael, but I can't agree with the long bow I reckon you've drawn here. In regards to your building project, it's about money and materials used and decisions taken with those materials. You saved dollars because your builder cut corners and when it rained your roof leaked. That's a no brainer mate. To then apply that rationale to the music industry doesn't make much sense to me. Bob Dylan and the opening keys riff to Like a Rolling Stone, Ryan Adams tremendous creative output, Booker T and the MGs knocking out a couple of hits in a day with Otis etc etc - did any of these artists take the jackass way because they did it faster and cheaper? There are infinite ways to achieve every outcome...


Posted By Grace P.
Honesty
Wow! This reminds me of all the times I took the shortcut, the easy way. It never worked. And I knew that in my bones when I tried it. You speak the truth. Thanks you for your honesty. It makes me able to be honest with myself.


Posted By Rami
Don't rush the pro
No pro manager, record co., A&R person or CEO will ever “rush” the creative process of the professional. Amateurs live in their own fantasy world. Pros have the confidence and patience to get it right.


Posted By Theo Mann
U can change
I’ve taken the jackass way so many times in my life, thinking I was saving money. It never works out that way. Once a jackass doesn’t mean you always have to be one.

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2011 Posts:
• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)