Too many times have I seen where someone has mistakenly misunderstood that the level of one’s gear does not automatically correlate across the board to their level of being an artist.
What do I mean by that?
Be conscious the next time you roll though your favorite social media feed and take an extra second to look at the pictures of your friends that consider themselves to be artists.
Does the picture give you pause because it is interesting to look at or does it pause you because you were busy shaking your head?
If you were shaking your head the next thing you may realize is that this person has all the latest ‘toys’ for their craft. (I call them tools but – when in Rome…)
Yet, those ‘toys’, are not able to enhance the artistry contained inside the ‘artist’. Those ‘toys’ do not automatically make anything better that the person is attempting to do. Most likely the reason that this is, is due to the person not truly understanding their craft to start with.
The Top End gear that most people THINK they need to produce good results is really and truly good for ONE thing and One thing only. That ONE thing is to help make you more efficient!
Why does one need to be more efficient in the first place? Because their art has attracted enough attention to create a demand. In order to fill that demand one must maximize time and become as efficient as possible in order to keep the interest level steady.
Now by no means am I suggesting that if you aspire to be an artist that you start with the gimmicks they had in the Flintstones
What I am suggesting that if the desire to be an artist is strong enough you will make do with what you have by any means necessary in order to practice your craft.
One personal example is that for years I used a cordless drill set that – at the time of purchase – was the best I could afford as well as justify. That cordless drill set drilled a hell of lot of holes and drove even more screws. It worked almost as hard as I could push it. Over time it started to show signs of age. The overall power was noticeably less. The battery life would grow shorter and shorter requiring more and more charges throughout the work day. (And dang it if I forgot to charge the battery overnight come the morning!)
As the tool’s function diminished my skills improved. I quickly learned where and when to drive screws to minimize usage. I learned when and how to schedule battery breaks during times of doing other tasks on the jobs. This continued for a time period until sadly (remember I had this set a long time and completed many wonderful projects with it) it was time to put it to pasture.
I then did what I do with nearly every purchase I make and researched to discover the next drill that I would buy and why. I ended up buying this beauty right here…
Not only is this Milwaukee Cordless DRILL AND DRIVER awesome it simply is bad ass. Honestly, I am unsure if I would have that same exuberant feeling towards it had I not ground and hustled with the inferior set for so many years. Yes, it’s a phenomenal tool set on it’s own merits but my appreciation for it is higher because of having less before this one.
This Milwaukee Tool set helps me maintain my schedule by allowing me to be more efficient while needing to use these tools. Thus in turn allowing more time for other projects and endeavors and less time waiting for batteries to charge or screws to drive.
This is one example of so many that I have to help assist with my explanation of whether or not top gear makes the artist.