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“I Was the Village Idiot”

I once heard someone say, “Yes, they laughed at Christopher Columbus, but they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” When people are laughing at you, you don’t necessarily know which one you are.Mike Eden says they laughed at him once.

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I once heard someone say, “Yes, they laughed at Christopher Columbus, but they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” When people are laughing at you, you don’t necessarily know which one you are.

Mike Eden says they laughed at him once. He is the owner of Eden Tool in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. He and I recently were talking about hard milling (for this article). When his small EDM shop first invested in a hard milling machining center, he said, “You would have thought I was the village idiot.” Other shops saw the investment as foolish.

It worked out well. Now, other shops send machining work to Eden—work they can’t do themselves.

Even so, not every investment pays off, and most good ideas don’t seem good during the toughest part of the implementation.

Have they ever laughed at you? Has your shop ever made a bold (and questionable) investment in new capabilities? E-mail me—tell me how that move worked out.