When I was a Sophomore in college I signed up for an upper division physics course called Statics. I had never taken a proper physics course before, and I didn’t have a clue what the class would be about. But I wanted to try it.
I was in way over my head to figure out how much force applied in one area would effect other joints and beams. I absolutely loved it! I needed help to understand how to calculate the forces, but once I knew the basics I knew physics was what I wanted to study. This gif is a visual representation of the forces we would calculate in the class.
In tech we work on specific areas to move them forward. We push and pull on things we want to impact, but lots of times they don’t move the way we want. In the past I thought this was because I wasn’t applying enough force.
I’ve come to realize the amount of force doesn’t matter as much as applying force in the right area. Without being able to see the entire structure you’re pushing against there’s no way to properly measure where your force is having impact.
Next time you want to have a big impact—take a step back and make sure you understand the structure you’re dealing with and where the best place to apply force will be the most effective.