Tools Matter a Lot

Day 157 Week 23 Q2 Wednesday, June 7, 2023

If you want professional results, you need to use professional tools. You can achieve excellent results with improvised and lower-quality tools, but it will take much longer. So if you are interested in being a professional and getting results in a reasonable amount of time, you must be properly equipped, including learning how to use professional-grade tools.

It can be tricky to determine exactly what professional means. Many ways to achieve results look extremely professional at first glance. And much of the world never look deeper than a first glance. And people entering a new field may have to vote for budgetary reasons and, due to ignorance,  accumulate tools, which seem to do the job, and they very well may until they get better at the job and find themselves doing it more often.

Until you know what to look for, you may not be able to tell the difference, and there is also the distortion of colts and collectors, both of which bestow upon tools and mythical stature. For example, buying a 60-year-old guitar that was worth a couple of hundred bucks when new can’t set a collector back tens of thousands of dollars, but most working positions know that they can get an equivalent result for well under $1000. But they cannot get a professional result for well under $100. You can buy a tool kit with 150 tools for $20 or a single tool for $20. If you do a repair once every few years, the inexpensive tool may do the job, but if you find yourself attempting to do something much more frequently, the difference in the tools will be immediately apparent.

The same is true for computers and their applications. The bargain basement stuff is simply not as good. And once again, you may not be able to tell the difference until you try to use these tools a lot. There is a reason why inexperienced people frequently try to use junk to be professional and fail at it. Take the time to find out the appropriate tools for what you are trying to accomplish.

There can also be such a thing as overkill. You do not need an accounting degree to do bookkeeping. Nor do you need to be a mechanical engineer to change the tire. Nor do you need a $30 hammer to pound and a couple of nails.

 It may be helpful to scope a job before you equip yourself to do it. And do not be surprised if your initial situation analysis does not yield the appropriate tools to use. It takes experience to find out what you need.

Tools Matter a Lot!