Ok, all joking aside now. Here is where I'll get a little weird to some members, but others will understand exactly what I'm saying, or trying to say.
I define "restoration" as a project that not only takes time and money to make something look new again, but it also means that you put your blood, sweat and tears into it also. It's one thing to restore a tractor, a car, or a piece of furniture, but if you really put your mind, talent, patience, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom into it enough, to the point that the finished project looks as good as it can be, and reflects your ability and know how, then the project has restored you as an individual. I see a lot of "restored" collectors, as they are proud of their efforts, and excited about the restoration they did. Then again, I see collectors who just say, yeah, I restored that one a few years ago, not great, but doable.
In my opinion, in order to do a restoration, you have to be wanting to be restored. Be open to knowing the project at hand, how it should look when finished, and be willing to be proud of the results when through. If you aren't happy with yourself before starting a project, maybe full of doubt, then the project when finished, will show that you really didn't put forth the full effort that you could have done. I have restored numerous round fender 110's and 112's, and even though they are mostly all the same, I try and take on each individual restoration as if it was the very first one I ever did.
Oh, so just like that dude on American Restorations.