Choose Your Friends Wisely
He could take a hunk of metal and turn it into anything, provided he had specific details.
Even without specific details, if I told him what I needed it for, he could figure it out, through a couple runs of trial and error, until it was right.
I never really thought about his line of work until I got to know him.
One thing that surprised me was that top notch machine shop guys have their own sets of tools. Meaning if they leave one company and go work for another, they bring all their tools with them.
Sure, those huge machines that are several hundred thousands of dollars stay put, but their huge toolbox filled with every tool imaginable goes wherever they go.
There’s a few games where you imagine you’re stranded on a desert island, and you’ve got to pick three or four things from a list to take with you. Sometimes it’s supposed to tell you something about your personality, sometimes there are actually things that’d make a difference. (Like a parachute to use to make some kind of shelter).
Linguistics tell us that when we speak of tools, we think of them subconsciously as companions.
Based on the prepositions we use with nouns, it gives us an idea of how we think of those nouns.
“I went to the mall with my friends.”
“I cut the bread with a knife.”
Since both use the word “with,” it suggests we think of them as the same thing.
A companion. A helper. A friend.
Skills are also the same way.
I got the job “with” my conversational skills.
I got her number “with” my friendly demeanor.
I finished the project on time “with” my attention to detail.
They say the friends you keep determines the life you have. If you surround yourself with decent friends, you’ll always be motivated to keep up your game.
If you surround yourself with lazy bums who play video games and eat microwave food all day, you might not ever get that corner office.
Which “friends” do you bring with you everywhere you go? Helpful ones, or ones that hold you back?
Inhibitions or strengths?
If you always carry top notch skills with you, these “friends” will help you achieve anything you want.