#0469 Blaming the Tools

In the late 90’s a friend of mine was in his mid-thirties at the time and had worked in retail all his life. As it tends to do, he was feeling middle-aged spread starting to take over. It was time to do something about it.

With gusto and determination, he decided to train for triathlons, a mix of running, cycling and swimming. Venturing to his local bike store he bought a great starter bike for the budget he had to spend. He worked hard and started to reap the rewards but after a few months he felt unsatisfied with his bike leg.

Returning to the bike store to ask what could be done to make the bike faster. With enthusiasm the bike store owner suggested he put in better gearing. It worked, improving his bike leg but before long he wanted to go even faster.

Once again returning to the bike store this time the owner suggesting he replace a few of the heavier parts to lighten the overall weight. It worked for a while before he again wanted more and returned over and over again to the store.

Having now replaced most of the bike and his obsessing over shaving time, eventually the store owner broke and said “look, this bike is more than you need, you just need to pedal faster”. My friend was stunned at the store owner’s brutal honesty, but knew he was right.

You probably have enough tools and skills, it’s how you use them that counts.

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