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The Importance of Having the Right Tools for the Job

Andrew

This is re posted.


Andrew Keller

Every morning, Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. You and I both are doing work on new houses for us. And it made me think about the importance of having the right tools for a job, I found this article that kind of talks about it. You hear that a lot. But I feel like a lot of times people will just try to force something to work even when it doesn't. The obvious application is construction or doing handy things. But I think the less obvious or things that apply to more people is a more positive career experience. like making sure that you're properly trained for the job or you hire the right person for the job really makes things go a really long way. You're dealing you were recently dealing with some internet issues, and now you have the right tool for the job. But have you ever done something and look back and be like it would have been faster to take five more minutes to set it up the right way? And then finish it? Have you ever regretted it?


Larry

Oh, all the time. I'm like, Mr. Wing. It's and I always wish I was more prepared. Wish I showed up five minutes earlier. All of that stuff. My question back to you is, I mean, you've been dealing with, I mean, you're in construction, you deal with a lot of people in the trades. Do people ever just show up and wing it? Do they just go like, yeah, let's just see what happens.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I mean, I guess to some extent, I've realized over my adult life, when I first started doing like, work around my house, I'm like, Oh, I don't have this tool, and then go get it. And then I didn't have this tool. And now I have it. I've accumulated enough like tools that I'm like, Oh, well, I'll make this work or I'll get this work. So the question is tradesmen showing up, they generally have a collection of tools, and they've they have the expertise to make something work. The most specific example on this new house is we had this concrete enclosure that I tried with that I did use a hand it's called a roto hammers, basically a handheld jackhammer, roto hammer, I should have just gotten a jackhammer, and it would have been quick work otherwise, what did happen is it took me hours to get something out. So just, it makes it it makes a huge difference.


Larry

You know, people in the trades, whether it's like you're a teacher, or a carpenter for God, for God's sakes, a DJ, you buy the right stuff, even if your company doesn't buy it for you to do a better job. Teachers all the time, are buying supplies or rewards for their kids to help them study better. So some of them is really good at their job buys what they need, regardless of the company paying for it.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, being proactive in it. I mean, especially with technology, like if you're trying to, if you're trying to create a spreadsheet to track everything, and you're like, I don't want to get Excel, you try to use Google sheets or something. It's going to take longer, things like that. Another example I thought of is depending on what region you live in, like if you live in San Francisco, and you want to find a new apartment to rent, you should use Craigslist. If you live in Los Angeles, it used to be a thing called Westside rentals that recently got bought by apartments calm but even like, looking for something or if you want to buy something online, sometimes Amazon's right choice. Sometimes eBay is the right choice. So it's just, I guess, accumulating life experience and figuring out what how you should apply it.


Larry

You know that? How would you know, though, that if you're in LA Oh, I shouldn't look on Craigslist. I mean, you have to ask somebody. I got to go to Westside rentals, not Craigslist,


Andrew Keller

right. I mean, I guess it was a commonly known thing. And I did ask around because I was looking on Craigslist, I was like, there's nothing here. And even when I did randomly look on it, I would email potential new places. And I would say 80% of the time it was a scam. It'd be like, Oh, I'm out of town. You can afford me a cashier's check. And as you know, I love in engaging scammers. So that was a fun road for me to go down. But for the most part, Craigslist is not what you want to use here.


Larry

I know this is unavoidable in some jobs, but like in some instances, can you rely Excuse me? Can you rely on your stuff too much? For instance, like as a DJ, some people have their microphones set to the exact specifications with the modifications on the EQ blah, blah, but then when you got to go to a radio station, and the mic isn't the way you want it to be? Can you still then do the job? I don't know what the example is. For a carpenter or someone else, but like, do you rely on your stuff too much? Or can you just make any situation work?


Andrew Keller

I mean, I would say the best people can make any situation work. The DJ thing I don't know too much about, but it made me think of I heard Nate Bigazzi I can't pronounce. He's a guy. But he, he plays golf. And he says that he always plays with rental clubs, because he doesn't want to have an excuse to be like, Oh, I didn't have my clubs I didn't do well. He's a good golfer. And so I think people very much can get become too reliant on their equipment. And I think the best tradesmen are the best people at their job should be able to improvise and work in any situation. But it does get nice. Like, if I had to edit this in different software, I would be much slower, but I'd be able to figure out a way to make it work. And so I guess, maybe the best thing to do is try to put yourself every once in a while uncomfortable situation or try something new.


Larry

I think that's like, the difference between is my wife uses it all the time in education, like close minded versus an open minded person, like you get in a situation, you don't have your tools, can you make something work, and that's when like the MacGyver kicks in, right, you can like to get two pieces of bubblegum together with some shoe laces and make an explosive device. Can you MacGyver a situation when you don't have your tools?


Andrew Keller

Right? I think I mean, education is a great example of this. I had a teacher that was from South Africa, in college, and the mentality of education, there's different so he would teach us everything for a test, and then our exam would come up, and nothing we have learned was on it. But his thought was, you have the tools to figure out how to solve these it was biochemistry, you have the tools to solve these equations. Go ahead and do it. And with a curve like a I think a 40 was a B, like people. I mean, it was hard and you struggled, but it is like, I think that might be a better way to approach education.


Larry

And it's the idea of just keeping somebody on their toes, right? Who, who doesn't, who doesn't do better in life, if they've practice being uncomfortable and working out the situation, because then when things aren't comfortable, you're like, no problem,


Andrew Keller

right? And if you can find ways to make things work, you actually have a mastery of it versus you can regurgitate. I think, recently, you talked about how your kids don't care about if the problem is, if the answer is right or not. It's how you got there. So I can tell you, four times eight is 32. But like if I don't understand why, like if I need to figure out another version of that, that I'm not able to but if you understand what's happening, it's a very basic example because I don't have good math skills.


Larry

My favorite example of radio is that some people need a perfectly quiet non moving studio to be able to do their work to newscast or whatever it is. And I'm always thinking like, well, you work in a newsroom. People are throwing things yelling things typing on computers. You shouldn't just be able to speak into a microphone and block it all out. But some people can't they literally quiet in the room. Stop talking. I got it and you're like Dude, what's your deal?


Andrew Keller

Did you say non moving like people broadcast in the car? Well, I


Larry

mean, yeah, if you're out in the field, you're out doing something like what do you do with you have to go live and stuff, you know, boulders chasing you while you just run and talk at the same time?


Andrew Keller

I can't do that. I Nicole and I have discussions being like, hey, it's time to be quiet. I'm recording you're gonna mess me up. So I would be like,


Larry

well, you wouldn't be a good Indiana Jones reporter then see the older. I get that.


Andrew Keller

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