Lesson learned: Whenever I watched my father, a master carpenter, build something out of wood in his garage workshop, he would typically preach this advice. He knew that an error would be costly because it would require more time and additional materials to correct the mistake.
The same lesson holds true in other aspects of our daily life. “Measure twice; cut once” teaches us to be cautious, to take our time, to be prudent, to think things through. It applies not only to the actions we take, but also to the words we speak. Acting and reacting too quickly and without careful thought can also result in costly errors.