“We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.”
– Marshall McLuhan
The right tools aren’t enough
Last Thursday I made the mistake of going to the gym at night. If you go after 5 o’clock it’s crowded and filled with people doing stupid exercises. I wasn’t too worried however, because I only needed the squat rack.
When I got there someone else was using it. A guy who had about ten pounds on the bar. I waited and ended up watching his “workout.”
Placing the bar on his back he leaned forward and then back again. It looked like one of those drinking birds that wobbles towards a glass of water.
After watching this made-up routine I realized that the dude had no idea what he was doing.
Here he was in a gym with all kinds of equipment and trainers, but he didn’t have the information to make use of them. Instead he was just leaning back and forth with a bar and two five-pound weights on his back.
You need to know what you are doing
Sometimes people ask me about a piece magic-bullet automated software that they saw. “Make $10,000 a month with the push of a button,” or something like that.
They want the best tools and equipment right away. Without ever having created a blog or made a dime off the Internet, they are going to drop a thousand dollars on the latest gadgetry.
When you’re new you’ll have more than enough to learn about without any other fancy programs.
Back when I started boxing I thought I was going to master all kinds of crazy fighting moves right away. Throwing insane combos, dodging every blow, stuff that I’d seen on TV a million times.
Do you know what my coach made me do for the first whole month?
He had me practice my jab. That was it. An hour a day doing one movement against the bag. And I still sucked at it.
Throwing a punch turned out to be a lot harder and more intricate than I had ever imagined. There were all kinds of little details and timing issues that I had to work on.
Learning the flashier stuff, like combos, came a lot later. I only started to study that after I had a solid foundation to build on.
Had I went out and bought an expensive boxing DVD, pair of Cleto Reyes, and one of those overpriced angle punching bags; I would had been a horrible fighter who’d wasted his money. My skills wouldn’t have improved and I would have looked like a moron as I flailed around trying to connect with my opponent.
Mastery is the key
The other night I upgraded this site’s appearance. 30 Days To X now runs on an impressive platform known as the Genesis Framework. And when I say impressive I’m not kidding!
This thing is so elaborate that I have no idea what I’m doing yet. I feel like a dog piloting a spaceship right now.
Basically I have to spend my whole day reading tutorials and watching videos in order to figure this theme out. Were I new to blogging, doing this and trying to write content would have been too much for me to handle.
When you start something you don’t need a lot of flash. Making mistakes and learning from them is natural. No amount of money is going to keep you from experiencing these pitfalls. Instead of spending a small fortune you’d be better off with basic and practical tools that you can easily master. Then you can start moving up.