Author: stevegullett

Industrial Electrician...Real Estate Investor...Personal Development..Hiking & Camping...Trumpet

Feedback analysis…

…is a fancy way of saying that, instead of just using our gut feeling, we should instead test ourselves based on actual past successes and failures.

This sounds simple but it will show us that we have weaknesses in an area.

Simple but not easy.

Most will not do this for fear of exposing an area of weakness. For our ego is a strong force to harness.

But this is how we get better.

–>This IS how we get better.<–

-These are my notes from the book Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker

Get the book as it’s one I would call foundational to teaching us how to manage ourselves. Which is the first most important thing we can do.

-Steve

#dailypersonaldevelopment #managingoneself #leadership #testoftime #stevegullett

Sometimes I have to study for the test…

And this test was the final exam.

We were tasked with figuring out how to start two 480 volt 500 horse power motors, each pulling well over 2000 amps, on a 1600 amp breaker.

On any other day we would have ample power and switchgear to handle starting the large mulch grinder motors. But not today. This system was installed in a more rural area with limited power capacity and was previously used to grind tree stumps.

So to accomplish the feat we used a soft starter drive controller to ramp the first motor up to operating speed. I set the drive to limit the motor amperage to just under 2000 amps.

The next step was to tune the 1600 amp breaker to hold 2000 amps for about one minute. I needed approximately 45 seconds to get the grinder motor wound up to full speed. After the motor achieved full rpm’s the motor amperage dropped to a measly 300 amps.

After several attempts I found the balance between over loading the main breaker and getting the motor up to speed in under a minute.

After the first motor was at full speed we could then energize the second 500 hp motor. The two motors where coupled together and ran smooth as silk at idle.

The second it was loaded with wood chips the grinder roared to life, the ground shook and chips turned into mulch. I stepped back a few steps and turned away the first time the hopper was filled to capacity but proud when the motors didn’t seem to slow down at all.

At over 30 foot tall the grinder hopper could handle thousands of pounds of material at a time. It’s pretty spectacular to see it in operation. It was previously set up to grind entire trees so it handles the wood chips pretty good.

This project turned out to be a success but required some reading and studying on how to tune the breakers, soft starter controller and to calculate the load demands.

We had several visits from the power company while commissioning the grinder and they were very helpful in setting up the power systems.

A big thanks to everybody involved in pulling this one off.

Another interesting job in the books.

-Steve

A timeless classic… On the shortness of life by: Seneca

He says you are just wasting time if you are, “going after no fixed goal.”

You must have an end goal.

Time is limited, you have to know how to use it properly.

Seneca writes:

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing.

So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.

Can you answer these three questions?
1. What is your end game goal?
2. What frivolous activity are your doing?
3. Which area of your life is going to make you more of a philosopher?

Consider what he says and ponder the questions.

-Steve

#thinking #seneca #endgoal #biggoals #ponderingthepath #stevegullett

Have some discipline in your life…

Hope you’re having a great week.

Can you believe January is almost over?

It’s around this time, the end of the first month of the year, that most people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions.

Don’t be one of those people.

Keep your goals in front of you and be relentless with achieving them.

If you have writing goals, and you should, now is a good time to print them out and post them in places you are frequently at.

Make it a point to read them daily and picture in your mind what it looks like to achieve them.

Have a great week!

-Steve