A certain man (who will remain nameless in this post ) is somewhat famous among his friends for his adoration of tools. He is well-stocked for multiple household chores - painting, woodworking, auto maintenance and repair, and more. And he likes to work with the very best tools he can afford - or not - to buy.
So what is the thrill of new tools? Is it simply the joy of acquisition? Probably not, although there is something to be said for the suburban status of owning the coolest lawn mower on the street.
Perhaps the thrill of new tools comes from the possibilities that accompany them. Maybe THIS reciprocating saw will be the key to the completion of the long-overdue basement finishing. Perhaps the shiny food processor just out of the box will transform dinner drudgery into culinary fantasy. And maybe, just maybe, the newest smart phone will turn a hectic, stress-filled life into a readily managed and orderly walk through the park.
New tools are like anything else in that they can create benefits or waste resources. If they are mostly about status and the joy of having the newest whatever to show off they are mere stand-ins for a healthy self-image, and they are unnecessary expenses. If, however, the new tools are selected strategically to integrate with your plans, they can launch you forward into new achievements.
Are you a person who "makes do" with outdated software or dull cutting tools because you don't want to part with the cash to buy new ones? You may be fiscally prudent - or you may compromising performance. You may be wasting time and energy, and time and energy waste has a financial impact. What if that pneumatic nail gun would enable you to hang drywall 40% more quickly? What would you do with the extra time?
There's an excitement that comes from learning how to make the new tools hum in producing your desired outcome. If that excitement attracts you to do the things that you need to do to achieve the results you want, perhaps a new tool is the ticket for you. (A certain person's quest for the "ultimate" vacuum cleaner, however, didn't result in an attraction to cleaning. It resulted in more vacuums consuming space in the closet, and unrepentant dust bunnies prevailing in the foyer.)
Just be ready for the learning curve that will accompany the integration of the new tools into your work. You won't be at optimal performance right out of the shrink wrap. The inevitable learning curve means that it's probably not a good idea to replace all of your tools all at once. Your customers need you to know what you're doing, and you need to manage your stress level by being intentional about how much you're going to take on at one time.
But hey, it was an exciting day when the first Leatherman entered the house. And when the spanking new smart phone hit the briefcase. Let's hear it for cool new tools!