Nick Offerman: An unlikely folk hero

You may read this title and say to yourself, who is Nick Offerman? And that would be a valid question. However, if you know who he is, bravo, you are culturally up to date.

Nick Offerman, better known as Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation, is an actor. But incredibly, this might only be his day job.

Mr. Offerman is also the owner of Offerman Wood Shop, which he operates out of his home wood working shop. After looking through his inventory, and seeing his work it’s safe to say that he is an extremely skilled craftsman.

So what can we take away from this? We aren’t Emmy-nominated actors with huge budgets for home decor and wood working. The biggest lesson that we can take away from this is that hobbies don’t need to be frivolous and unproductive. One of the greatest testaments to the American tradition is the ability to craft and forge things with our bare hands. To take ideas that only exist in our mind and create a tangible witness to our own intelligence and creativity.

Allow me to sprinkle that last statement with a dash of humility. One does not arrive at this skill set on day one. It takes years of learning and practice to hone any talent. A dollar and raw talent will still only buy you a cup of coffee.

What talents are we neglecting? What ambitions are we squandering? Don’t allow the hustle and bustle of your everyday life to deride your passions. It doesn’t need to be wood working, or anything to do with home decor. Find something that sparks your imagination and run with it, you won’t regret it.

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