Making A Masterpiece of Your Life Podcast

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September 5, 2019  

Making A Masterpiece of Your Life: Season 1 Preview

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"Your job over your lifetime,

Is to learn and master craftsmanship, and

Make A Masterpiece of Your Life".

-- The Anonymous Craftsman

Episodes 101-111 | Season 1 of Making A Masterpiece of Your Life introduces the practice of craftsmanship; a guiding principle that can be used by anyone to Make A Masterpiece of Your Life.

Next, we explore The Five Elements of 'life-as-a-craft'; the organizing structure for identifying and learning life-skills subjects as needed. A solid alternative to 'guessing' which way to go and what to do next. 

Finally, we present The Four Phases of Living which span one's entire lifetime. Each Phase has its own unique mission and goals. 

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

101 The Way of Craftsmanship

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"Don't Look at other people's work for your creation,

Don't look outside, look in . . . "

-- Lenore Tawney, Textile Craftswoman, Artist

Craftsmanship is a universal principal that can be applied to any way of working and living. It is the foundation upon which Making a Masterpiece of Your Life is built. It is intended to teach ourselves and our children to value the ancient and time-tested quality of craftsmanship, and to cultivate the spirit of the craftsperson in everything we do; to empower ourselves and our children with the skills to Make A Masterpiece of Our Lives.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Presents the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 101: In this episode, we talk about:

  • What is craftsmanship?
  • What is a craftsperson?
  • Craftsmanship around the world
  • Making A Masterpiece of Your Life

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

102 Making A Masterpiece of Your Life

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"Which one of us dares draw a harsh line,

Between art, craft and life?"

-- Gilbert Grosvenor, Cabinet Maker & Book Editor

Most of us don't have a system for learning life as a craft, anymore than our parents had one for teaching us growing up.

Making a Masterpiece of Your Life is a framework for organizing the life-skill subjects you want to learn. An alternative to the trial and error of making it up as you go, 'flying blind by the seat of your pants'.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Presents the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 102: In this episode, we talk about:

  • Life as a learned craft
  • The Five Elements of Life-as-a-Craft
  • The Four Phases of Living 
  • The Way of Craftsmanship

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

103 Life As A Craft: Phase 1 - Apprenticeship

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"Sir" asked the young apprentice, "What is the purpose of living?"

"To make a masterpiece of your life", replied the Master Craftsman . . ."

-- The Anonymous Craftsman

Life-as-a-Craft - Phase 1: Apprenticeship. The 12 year period beginning about age 12-14, up to age 24-25 when the young Apprentice learns to comprehend the nature of the raw materials of the craft-of-life and the skillful use of the tools of the craft. It has as much to do with learning “how to learn” as it does with “what to learn”.  

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 103: In this episode, we talk about:

  • Rites of Passage
  • Learning How to Learn
  • Learning What to Learn: Life-as-a-Craft 
  • The Way of Craftsmanship

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

104 Life As A Craft: Phase 2 - Journeywork

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"Sometimes it takes years, . . . before I decide what to do with a plank of wood.

There is a tremendous yearning inside the wood to fulfill itself . . ."

-- George Nakashima, Master Woodworker

Life-as-a-Craft - Phase 2: Journeywork. The 20 year period from ages 25-45, when the skilled Journeyman having learned the foundations of life-as-a-craft as a young Apprentice, goes into the world to earn their way through their skills and the applied practice of craftsmanship. It is the time of endurance and learning to pace oneself to avoid the modern effects of 'burnout' caused by wasting one's energy in a race to nowhere.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 104: In this episode, we talk about:

  • Journeywork Traditions
  • The Five Elements of Life-as-a-Craft
  • Physical and Emotional Endurance Training
  • The Craftsman's Secret of Journeywork

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

105 Life As A Craft: Phase 3 - Masterwork

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote

"In the beginning, before there were hand tools,

There were the storytellers.

Craftsmen of the imagination."

-- The Anonymous Craftsman

Life-as-a-Craft - Phase 3: Masterwork. The 20 year period from ages 45-65, when the Journeyman having practiced endurance, and distinguished oneself as a skilled practitioner in a variety of subjects within the Five Elements of life-as-a-craft, crosses the threshold into the Masterwork Phase of life-as-a-craft.  The time for practicing at a higher level of craftsmanship creating masterpieces of 'thought'.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 105: In this episode, we talk about:

  • The Five Elements of Life-as-a-Craft
  • The Master's Journal
  • Mindcraft - Masterpieces of 'Thought'
  • The Way of Craftsmanship in Masterwork

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

106 Life As A Craft: Phase 4 - Mentorship

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"Only when I was 73, had I got some sort of insight,

Into the real structure of nature. At 90, I shall grasp the mystery of things."

-- Hokusai, Master Painter

Life-as-a-Craft - Phase 4: Mentorship. The 20 year period from ages 65-85+ in the practice of life as a craft, during which the primary objective is to review and select masterworks, knowledge and skills development exercises to make available to those who would seek it, and to form an account of one's practice of craftsmanship as a benchmark for future generations of practitioners.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 106: In this episode, we talk about:

  • Selecting Artifacts and Masterworks for Presentation
  • Making Masterworks Available to Others
  • The Five Elements in the Mentorship Phase
  • The Way of Craftsmanship in the Mentorship Phase

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

107 The Five Elements: Element 1 - Family Heritage

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"With a deep love of clay, the potter learns his craft.

... He has within his hands the ability to create,

A mirror of his people."

-- Ruth Dayan, Israeli Craftswoman

 

The Five Elements of Life-as-a-Craft: Element 1: Family Heritage covers a wide variety of topics. Who you are and who you become is greatly influenced by your connection to Family. It is the basis of who we first see ourselves to be. We begin our training here in life-as-a-craft.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 107: In this episode, we talk about:

  • What is Family
  • Family Heritage
  • Ancestry, Family Name, Family Symbols, etc.
  • Family Legacy

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

108 The Five Elements: Element 2 - Family Management

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"To introduce unique character into one's household,

Is not a modern idea. Subtle good works of taste,

Are now, and always have been appreciated."

-- Ruth Dayan, Israeli Craftswoman

The Five Elements of Life-as-a-Craft: Element 2: Family Management is concerned with the smooth running of your home making it safe place for family members to live and grow. Like a Master craftsman's workshop, the 'family workshop' needs to be managed with clear guidelines if it is going to be successful. 

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 108: In this episode, we talk about:

  • Your Home As Workshop
  • Family Policies
  • Grievances & Suggestions
  • Skillful Management in the Way of Craftsmanship

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

109 The Five Elements: Element 3 - Family & Personal Finance

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"Craftsmanship tells us something about the proper use of resources.

The craftsman wasted not, and wanted not."

-- Martin Lawrence, Writer Craftsman

The Five Elements: Element 3 - Family & Personal Finance. Scholars find that personal attitudes toward money developed in our childhood, have a significant effect on the well-being of the families we manage later in life.  Families and individuals must understand this and learn to achieve incremental excellence in this critical Element providing abundance of resources for family and personal growth.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 109: In this episode, we talk about:

  • Financial Management Skills
  • Personal Financial Behavior
  • Family Financial Behavior
  • Preparing for the Future

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

110 The Five Elements: Element 4 - The Human Being

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"In your work to make a masterpiece of your life,

Take care to stop and celebrate with others,

Their work to make a masterpiece of their own."

-- The Anonymous Craftsman

The Five Elements: Element 4 – The Human Being. As wood is to the carpenter or clay to the potter, so is the Human Being to the practice of Life-as-a-Craft. A natural, uneven material, the Human Being requires very special handling. It is both fragile and resilient under the right conditions. You are the craftsperson of your unique life.  It is up to you to Make A Masterpiece of Your Life.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft. 

Episode 110: In this episode, we talk about:

  • The Inner Human Being
  • The Outer Human Being
  • Balancing the Inner and Outer Self
  • Standing On the Shoulders of Giants

Life As A Craft

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September 16, 2019  

111 The Five Elements: Element 5 - Tools for Living

Episode Host: Charles Collins

Motivational Quote:

"We've been merging with tools,

Since the beginning of human evolution.

That's one of the things that makes us human beings."

-- Franklin Fore, Craftsman, Writer 

The Five Elements: Element 5 Tools for Living.  The Fifth Element of Life-as-a-Craft concerns itself with powerful instruments called tools. Tools are objects specifically designed to help us perform a particular task with a higher degree of performance ideally improving the quality of the finished work. Your life.

Season 1: Episodes 101-111 - Present the framework to skillfully practice 'life' as a structured craft.

Episode 111: In this episode, we talk about: 

  • Types of Tools
  • Care & Maintenance
  • Skillful Use 
  • Tool Management

Life As A Craft

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