Unless you are already retired, you must have some kind of job, a career, whatever you want to call it. In short, you must be doing something to earn money. They say that money can’t buy happiness, but I know that having no money is surely a sad situation and having money makes life quite a bit easier, and in my opinion happier too.
Of course, there are millions of ways to earn money. Maybe you are a painter. Maybe you work construction. Perhaps you are a taxi driver. Or, like me, maybe you work on a computer day in and day out. These days, it is likely that you spend at least some time working on a computer, regardless of what your job is. I mean, if you are a painter, you probably spend some time on the computer to track your customers. Really almost any job these days has some element of computer use.
Today, what I want to address is your tools that you use for your work. If you are a construction worker, maybe your tools are things that we would more traditionally consider to be tools – a hammer, screwdrivers, saws, etc. But, every profession relies on some type of tools that are needed to get the job done.
My profession is mostly writing, but also includes other things that I do on the computer. I suppose that the computer makes up probably 98% or more of the work that I do, and the money that I earn. So, one of my tools is the computer.
I have other tools too
Working on the computer, what tools could I possibly have? Well, think about it. I have lots of tools:
- Digital Camera
- Cellular Phone
- Blank CD’s
- My Desk
- My Chair
- I could go on and on…
Yes, each of these things is a tool that I use to do my job. I don’t swing a hammer, but I do type with my keyboard and use my mouse to navigate around my computer. Without these important tools, I could not do my job.
Because these tools are very important to me, I spend money to buy quality tools.
Let’s look at my keyboard as an example. I use a Logitech Wireless “Wave” keyboard, which is a high quality ergonomic keyboard. I have been using this Wave keyboard for about 5 years now, as I recall. Before I had this keyboard, I used a cheaper keyboard which was not an ergonomic model. I began developing problems with my wrists being painful, and I could not do my job as I wanted to due to the pain. Now that I have an ergonomic keyboard, and some other tools, my wrist problems have been greatly alleviated. Now, I can do the work that I need to do in order to earn an income, and also to make me happy with my life.
This keyboard was expensive. It cost me about $150 back in the day when I bought it. That’s an expensive keyboard, although certainly not the most expensive around. But, is it really worth spending $150 on a keyboard? Yes, it is. You see, as I explained earlier, when I used a cheaper keyboard I developed problems with my wrists, and could not work as much as I needed to. In fact, even 10 minutes or so of typing, and I had to quit for a few hours to let my wrists rest. Now, $150 for a keyboard, which I have used for 5 years? That means that the keyboard has cost about 8 cents per day. And, the keyboard does not need to be replaced yet. Maybe I’ll get another 5 years out of the keyboard, making it only 4 cents per day. But, even if I went out and replaced the keyboard today, the $150 investment was really worth it. Having a quality tool made it easier to do my job, provided a better quality of work, and offered great reliability.
Same thing with the mouse. Having a good quality mouse is very important, especially in ergonomic ways. You see, using a mouse that properly keeps your hand in the right position and such helps keep you from developing an injury like carpal tunnel syndrome or something similar. I routinely spend $100 or more on a mouse, even though there are models available for as little as $2 or so. But, I am a writer, and do other things on the computer. This is my profession. Sometimes I spend many hours every day using these tools – the tools of my trade. Spending the necessary money is not a worry, in fact, if I did not spend for quality tools for my profession, that would be a worry for me.
Now, in other areas, I don’t necessarily buy the best quality of tools. For example, I have a cheap hammer. But, I don’t use a hammer often, nor is it part of my profession. The quality of my hammer does not affect the work that I do to earn money. I think that if I used a hammer twice in the same year, that could be considered as a year when I gave my hammer heave use. Because of these factors, I really don’t need a high quality hammer. Just like Bubba the builder, he doesn’t really need a $100 mouse, since he uses the computer only rarely.
So, what about you? What is your profession? Do you have the right tools for the job? If not, maybe it’s something to consider.