Hand Tools Archive

Needle movers

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
There are a great many examples in science where someone discovered something but this name is unknown beyond the circle scientific historians. These people never did anything with the discovery. The person credited with the discovery is the person that disclosed it to a wide enough audience that it moved the needle of scientific knowledge.

I once had a results oriented supervisor. If someone claimed to have an idea he would tell them when it made the company money they would get credit for the accomplishment. Ideas that never went anywhere were useless and were rewarded as such. In this case the "needle" was revenue.

In our case the "needle", as in needle on some "gauge" measuring something significant, is knowledge that improves one's ability to do their kind of woodworking. Want credit from your peers? Move the needle.

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