This has been quite an interesting thread for me. Thanks for all the responses I really do appreciate the insight. I know for me when I started to work on aircraft and jet engines I had to learn to work with my left because there were times that all you could do is get your left hand where you could get that bolt or nut on. At first is was foreign but like several of you have said after a while it became natural and I never really had a problem knowing which way to turn the nut or bolt.
I hope I can take this information and maybe understand better where Mike is coming from. I'm not sure how many bolts he has stripped or broken going the wrong way. But he want to work and enjoy mechanic's and he is currently in an apprenticeship program to work as a machinist. At least then he can fix what he breaks. He is working for a company that repairs and rebuilds power plant turbines and when he took the job I really worried about how it would go but apparently he is doing well enough that they don't want to loose him. His job requires him to go out of town quite a bit to the job site so when his wife passed he felt it would not be right to constantly leave his son with others. So he started looking around for a job that would let him stay at home. He went to his boss and told him how he felt and what he was planning on doing. They modified his work schedule so now he only goes out of town on short job and close in jobs. Thanks again.