Bob the Builder’s advice to writers

This looks a bit tricky.

Never be afraid to tackle something outside your comfort zone.

Stretch yourself.

Don’t say maybe.

Say Yes I Can.

Because if you don’t try, you’ll never know what you can do.

Are you sure you can do this, Bob?

Don’t worry whether other people think you can do it.

Their opinions don’t matter.

What matters is that you know you can do it.

Have faith in yourself.

Why did I think this was a good idea?

At some stage, fear will set in.

You will do anything to avoid tackling this project.

This happens to everyone.

Don’t let it stop you.

Just keep going.

Actually, I'm more of a country music kind of guy.

Distractions are inevitable.  Work, social commitments, highland pipers.

Keep focussed on your task.

Be strong in the face of temptation.

Keep your goals in mind.  They will keep you on track better than anything else.


There will be pitfalls along the way.

Unforseen events will interfere with your plans.

Your projected timeline will blow out.

Cows will eat your plans.

Don’t give in to frustration.

Accept that these things will happen, and keep going.

Hermits have it easier.

Friends and family can be difficult to deal with.

They mean well, but often they don’t understand.

Keep smiling.  Remind them you will be back when you are finished with your project.

Oh no! Rain of milk!

Sometimes disasters happen.

There’s nothing you can do to prevent it.

All your hard work is wasted.

It can be devastating.

You wonder whether there is any point going on.

All that hard work, ruined.

Don’t cry over spilt milk.

Take a break.  Breathe.

Recall your goals again.

You started this project for a reason.

You have a purpose.

It is worth it.  This is not the end.

Make sure you have a support team.

When it all gets too much, vent into the ear of a sympathetic friend.

Keep your support network close, to help you back up if you fall down.

They are your most valuable asset.

When you think you have nothing left, they are the people who will push you to keep going.

Sometimes you just need a little nudge in the right direction.

And don’t forget to ask for help if you need it.

You might get stuck, be unsure which direction to take.

Or maybe you can pass a job on to someone else, to give you the time to finish.

Sometimes the smallest actions can be a big help.

It only takes inspiration to start a project, but it takes perseverance and courage to finish.

Don’t give up.

Screen caps from Bob the Builder: Project Build it Series 14: Episode 7: Put it together Bob.
Thanks go to Cassie for telling me to write the post.

16 thoughts on “Bob the Builder’s advice to writers

  1. I love it! It’s like All I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten! ^_^ The best advice is the simplest. Thank you for sharing (and for Cassie, for pushing you to post this) ;)

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  3. Yay! So pleased to see this post. Your advice from Bob really helped yesterday and I’m pleased to see it doing the same for others now :-)

  4. This is priceless and perfect Merrilee! It is now printed and posted above my computer. I’m sure I will gaze at it for inspiration many times in the next several months. Thanks for the boost.

  5. Oh – this takes me back to when I would watch the ABC afternoon programs with the children! I still need Bob the Builder, only not quite in the same way. This was inspired, Merrilee. Well done! Another one to print and stick to the fridge – the kids (in high school now) will enjoy the philosophy.

  6. I work in construction. That damnable Bob has it WAY too easy. For some reason, he never seems to have issues with tight-fisted union shop stewards, overzealous safety inspectors, angry customers, and subcontractors who don’t submit the proper documentation.

    That said, this post is awesome. Well said, Merrilee! :)

  7. Oh that Bob would so change his tune if he saw my enforced foray into poetry! It’s going to be like the time I decided to knit a sweater and my house mates made me give it to my mother to finish because my teeth-grinding was driving them nuts! I wonder if there’s a repository somewhere for abandoned poems and semi-constructed articles of clothing…

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