Have you ever grabbed any old tool hoping it will get the job done? Even when you know there is a specialty tool that would do it better?
I have many times.
It seems like the whole time I’m trying to get the job done, sweating and struggling; the little voice in the back of my head keeps reminding me that there is a better, faster or safer way to do it.
I think about this conundrum often.
The Right “Tool” Is Always Preferred – Except…
When it’s not.
On one hand, we have path #1, in which I’m happy to have taken action to get what I wanted. I didn’t let fear, resistance or the lack of a “tool” stop me from getting the job done. I thought of something, and started it moments later. No need for the right tool, because I used creativity, hard work and problem solving skills to get it done.
Path #1 example: Like last week when I was trying to replace the battery in my alarm clock. Instead of using the right screwdriver I backed the screws out with a dime, but it took me forever!
On the other hand, by not choosing path #2, I have wasted time, resources and pain because I choose not to do it with the proper tool or method. There was a better way and I didn’t use it. All I needed to do was do a bit of planning, learning or investing and it would have been simpler, faster and cheaper.
Path #2 example: I’ve been learning how to make homemade ice cream, it turns out you can do it without any special equipment, but recently I bought an ice cream maker. Now instead of waiting 24hrs I can make a smoother flavor ice cream in 30 minutes.
Path 1 or Path 2 will usually get you what you want over time. But, there are different trade-offs for choosing either. You might trade more time and sweat for more money like in example 1 or trade less money for more time and quality in example 2. In every decision there is always a trade-off and understanding what you’re willing to trade is very important.
Sometimes NOT having the right tool or info is used as a reason to not do something… [click to continue…]