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John Grimsmo of Grimsmo Knives and John Saunders of NYC CNC discuss their success, struggles, goals and more as machinists, business owners and entrepreneurs.
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Jan 12, 2018
"If we don't have fun, we die." - Grimsmo
 
A lack of fun and creativity could send you spiraling downward; away from the top of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs--a.k.a. the food pyramid of humanity.
 
For the 2018 Open House, Saunders Machine Works joins forces with MHUB to bring
The Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Summit (MES) to Chicago, IL!
 
PERFECT TIMING
The Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Summit will be held on Sunday, September 9th, 2018--the day before IMTS (America's Largest Manufacturing Show) begins.  
Two awesome events--- same place, same week, same trip!  Yes, please!
 
NYC CNC Event: MES Registration (Free!)
IMTS Registration (only $45!)
 
 Do you come from a land down under?
Next Generation Manufacturing with John Saunders & Autodesk CAM will be held on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 in Sydney, Australia! Register here!
 
For growth's sake?  
You might think you're clear on the mission and direction of your business until 
"Hollywood" knocks at your door. Grimsmo struggles to be a careful yes man.
 
Operator Error - It's not only at your CNC machine
Thinking errors are REAL and they're muddying your brain.  All-Or-Nothing thinking is detrimental to perceptions of success and failure. 
Saunders finds himself in the midst of irony: His perceived failure of the LESS STRESS goal is adding MORE stress.   
 
How do I sharpen thee?  Let me count the ways.
Obviously, everyone that owns a GK has a super expensive belt grinder and 
Erik standing by to take care of it, right?
 
Grimsmo plans to make videos for knife sharpening at different price points AND maintenance!
 
Saunders faces his irrational fear about his Norseman after watching the new Dino Digging Video.
 
ITERATION
Fixture Plate Protectors + Laser Cutting = Mold Not Needed?
Saunders is on the hunt for a Laser Cutter.
 
Machining a Mold - Fixture Plate Protectors Video
 
Grimsmo shares cliff notes about the Hedgehog Concept from Good to Great by Jim Collins. Get your copy here.
 
Bye, Bye Bridgeport
Saunders sends some machines packing while Grimsmo defends purchases he hasn't used by coining a NEW TERM.  
Someone call the machinist's version of Webster's!
 
You CAN touch this!
Saunders shares an idea for bringing maintenance reminders back into the physical world, where digital alerts can't be ignored. Speaking of physical reminders, he STILL has this beat-up list of rules to live by on his desk after 10 years.
 
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