Every job requires a specific set of tools. You will never see a fireman show up to a fire without his gear or truck because they know that if they’re not properly prepared, things will go very bad, very quickly.
A fireman’s mentality should be used as a guide whenever you approach any job. Being prepared means half the work is already done. Whether you’re an artist, dancer, doctor, or photographer, you need the correct tools to get your job done.
It is true that you can sometimes get by using whatever you have available to you at the moment, but this mentality should be a temporary solution.
As an artist, if you can’t afford to buy those top of the line pencils that flow like water, pens that don’t make a mess, or sketchbooks with pages made from organic fibers, you should look into getting more generic versions of the tools you require. Just like a construction worker or fireman, without having the tools you need as an artist, you will not be able to get the job done.
Importance of tools
Having the right tools means that when you arrive for the job, you’re ready to dive in. Without the correct tool, you’ll encounter a number of setbacks. First, you’ll be delayed starting the job because you’d be looking for what you need.
No one wants to be around someone who knows better but chooses not to do better. Don’t be that guy.
Some tools protect the worker while others enhance the quality of work but either way, the correct tools make the work run smoothly. Don’t believe me? Try using a blowtorch to wash the dishes. I guarantee you that you won’t have any dishes left to be washed. The point was to wash the dishes, to make them clean, not destroy them.
Why is it important to use the correct tool?
Since a blow torch cannot clean dishes and a firefighter can’t fight a fire with an eraser, it’s safe to say that tools play the most important part in any job.. If you want something done correctly the first time around, do it with the correct tools.
Not knowing how to use the correct tools also affects the integrity of the job. Having all the right gear and not having the slightest idea of how to use it only shows that you’re not dedicated to your craft. If what you do means anything to you, you will spend every free second of every day learning the ins-and-outs and the dos-and-don’ts to conquer any job.
Opportunity plus preparation equals success.
Using the right tool for the right job is the only way to succeed.
So, how do you find the correct tools?
Research, research, research! There’s always a guide to acquiring the correct tools for whichever field you’re in. Don’t expect to know everything if you are new to a certain field. There is always more to learn!
The same concept applies to your life and, more specifically, your personal growth. Take the time to research your triggers, get to know yourself with the same energy you use to learn someone new. What do you like? How do you want to be treated? Why is that specific color your favorite? Do your eyes light up when you’re happy or do they hide all your emotions?
“If you can’t love yourself how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” – RuPaul
Use the correct tools to meet yourself. Starting a journal is both the hardest and easiest way to come face to face with what you really think. Use these prompts as a guide to begin your journey and understand that anything worth having takes time.
“Give ordinary people the right tools, and they will design and build the most extraordinary things.” – Neil Gershenfeld