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The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

I have seen interpretations of this proverb that focus on a possible altruistic or industrious dimension to its meaning. That, for example, the shoemaker is too busy to attend to his children. perhaps overworked to make even more basic ends meet.

The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

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The earliest recording of this proverb is in John Heywood's 1546 book of proverbs.A similar sentiment is found in Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy, first published in 1621: "Him that makes shoes go barefoot himself".Other variants include "the shoemaker's son always goes barefoot" and "the cobbler's children go barefoot." Children or child is sometimes replaced with the more colloquial kids.

Finding time to put yourself first is not always the easiest task for busy, dedicated individuals. Focusing on career and family is enough to keep you occupied. However, setting and building a plan can be vital to compounding your wealth, saving taxes, and setting yourself up for long-term success. It is important to overcome the lack of time, return and expertise to ensure that your children have shoes and you create a successful financial plan.

It is an old expression that early estimates date as far back as 1546. At its simplest, the inference is that the cobbler is too busy to attend to his children. Or more deeply, that he is working his hardest to put food on the table.

One point that is often forgotten - if the cobbler's children have access to resources (tools, supplies, etc...), an expert role model and coaching support from an on-site subject matter expert (the cobbler), don't they have some responsibility for taking action?Thanks for the article.Cheers, Chuck Chumley - The Sand Guy

There is an old proverb about a shoemaker who was busy making shoes for his customers. However, he was so busy keeping them happy that his wife and children went shoeless. The moral of the story is that we should not neglect ourselves or those around us (our families or staffs) while we care for others.

Have you ever heard the expression "The cobbler's son wears no shoes?" How about "A plumber's house always has a dripping tap?" Whatever version of the proverb you're familiar with, the message remains the same: craftsmen simply do not enjoy the benefits of their own craft at home or in their workplace.

However, in some aspects of our own operation, it seemed as though the "cobbler's children"- in this case, our own workforce- were wearing no shoes. Take, for example, the way our assembly workers were being fed hardware during their daily activities. We have approximately 150 SKUs of heavy-duty hardware, weighing in between 20 and 50 pounds, that are hand stacked on pallets about 48 inches off the floor. Assembly workers pick hardware from the closest box, discard the empty, pull the next box forward, pick from that box, and so on. While the raised height of the hardware made it a breeze for material handlers to replenish the shelves, it was a nightmare for assemblers to pull boxes forward from the rear of a 42 inch deep rack for picking. The pick was a very awkward full arm extension to grab and retrieve an item up to 50 pounds. In short, these picks were a recipe for RSIs. It was clear the cobbler needed to craft a pair of shoes for his children, and to do it sooner than later.

The results of Woody's request completely validated the philosophy behind the solution's design. With Pick Plank, assembly workers were able to easily pull new boxes of hardware forward to the point of pick without requiring a full arm extension and a 50 pound lift well outside the Golden Zone. Pick Plank helped to completely eliminate the risk of an RSI during the assembly workers' picks, increased the speed of their picks, and reduced the vertical space required for the same number of SKUs by eliminating the need for a pallet underneath them. The cobbler's children were finally wearing shoes!

BUT, this here old website has seen better days. Over the years, my business has shifted from doing almost entirely development to more of why I went out on my own in the first place, inbound marketing! (a.k.a. making your website a marketing machine). And it has become very apparent to this Cobbler that my children have no shoes.

There is an old saying, "The Cobbler's children have no shoes". Which basically means that the cobbler puts so much time into other people's shoes he doesn't have nice shoes for his own kids. Well, nothing rings truer in my own life. Yes, Ray and I have our Portraits taken bi-annually, but I haven't had a proper family picture with my family for quite some time. Honestly they are all pretty hard to convince (sound familiar?), even the photographer has trouble getting her family in front of the camera.My Brother and his girlfriend are expecting their first child this January. I've been hounding them for months to let me photograph their Maternity portraits, they had all plans of just skipping them. I wasn't about to let this moment pass with out documenting it. Finally they gave in, if for no other reason than to shut me up ;) The beginning of November our schedules actually met up, which during the Christmas season is a miracle for me.

The old adage; "the cobbler's children have no shoes" is particularly applicable to agencies that are so client and billable-focused that they neglect their own marketing, communications and strategies. Challenging employees with downtime to tackle these internal deliverables is a great way of keeping them busy and helping the agency continue to grow and attract strong talent and new clients. 350c69d7ab


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