Failure Comes From Tools to Blame

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I practically grew up in a woodwork workshop. Being covered in sawdust and wood shavings was my father’s favorite hobby. I loved it as well, but not when he sprouted his favorite saying: A poor workman blames his tools.

I hated that, because it was true. And it is still true today.

I often catch myself thinking, “If only I had that smart phone app, or this new tablet or that thin laptop or this stunning software, then I will….”

Sure I will.

Obviously, nothing has changed, except the tools I blame. It’s still not my fault that I’m a poor worker.

Yet, I am wiser. I know that better tools often result in shoddy work. Making something easier to do does not make quality easier to achieve. The easier it gets, the less we concentrate, the more likely the mishap.

Success comes from competently using what you’ve got, without blame.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.