A botcher is a clumsy bungling workman. He is found in every trade and profession, and he is one of the direct causes of the high cost of living. A botched job is expensive at any price. Sooner or later it has to be done over. No one can afford to keep very long in his employ a man who doesn’t take pains to do his work neatly, thoroughly and well.
We recently watched a boy in the act of blacking his shoes. He was particular about getting a high polish on the toes. The heels got no blacking at all, not even a rub of the brush. It is pretty safe to predict that a boy who forms the habit of shining half his shoes, and slighting the other half will grow up to be a botcher in other kinds of work.
We know a man who always blacks the heels of his shoes first. He says his father insisted on his doing it that way when he was a boy. It is now a habit with him. However pressed for time he is, having first polished the heels he never slights the fronts of his shoes. There is always time for the toes. Similar characteristics are found in every thing he undertakes to do. He is just as painstaking in piling up wood in his cellar as he is in the making of a mahogany sideboard.
The habit of painstaking is a good financial investment. It must be found in every genius. It ought to have a place in every man’s life whether or not he is engaged in work that is open to inspection. He, who when a boy, practices doing to a finish every job he undertakes and not slighting part of it because it is more or less concealed, will find, when he has grown to manhood, that he has escaped the curse which falls on some workmen, namely, of being a botcher.
Our Paper – Concord Junction, Mass. – October 25, 1913
– Jeff Burks