It Takes All Kinds

It Takes All Kinds

Have you ever heard the expression “It takes all kinds”?  This is a phrase that I have heard used all of my life.  Most of the time it was used to describe someone who viewed things or acted a little different from others in the group or area, usually in a negative connotation.  If there is one thing I’ve learned it is that it does take all kinds to make things work smoothly and efficiently.

Here are a couple of quotes from celebrities on this subject:

“As the saying goes, it takes all kinds to make the world go around, though perhaps some shouldn’t go quite so far around it as others.”Bill Bryson (Author)

“It takes all kinds to make the world go ’round. If everyone was straight-laced and uptight, it would sure be a drag. We need a little tug of war in society.” Nikki Sixx (Bass player/Songwriter for Motley Crue)

People are certainly true in relating to this statement. Every single one of us was given a totally unique set of abilities at birth. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Part of the beauty of this Divine wisdom is that it really does take all kinds to make the world go ‘round. Besides, how glum would the world be if:

  • We all looked the same
  • We all spoke in the same voice
  • We all wore the same clothes
  • Etc., etc. (You get the idea)

Building structures are a lot like people in the fact that it takes many different pieces doing their job to make the building safe and stable.  I’m sure that many of you know someone who, when pushed, bend from the force and never seem to break.  Others you may know when faced with the same pressure, push back and others seem to deflect or delegate those forces to other members of the team or group.  Then there are those that pull everyone together to work toward the same goal.

Just as a group or team full of delegators would never get anything done, so would a structure with no foundation or working members be able to stand.  In truss design, all of the parts play a major role in how the structure works.  You have the pushers, delegators, pullers, and the benders.  Designing means that you become the team leader with the responsibility to place each part in its intended location so that the job that each does so well is utilized to make the group as a whole, the best that it can be.

So what trick have I learned that I never learned before undertaking GDI’s Professional Development program?  It Takes All Kinds.


Please, take a minute, right now, and look around. Say thank you to your Creator that He created you from a unique form. Just as important, be glad that everyone has their own uniqueness. After all, we aren’t a glum lot, but we sure could be if we were all the same!

Rolin Phillips – Design Trainee

Gould Design, Inc.

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