Learning to DIY is half the battle

For most of my life, I depended on others to help me get the results I needed. I relied on “experts.” Whether I needed an oil change at the mechanic, or someone to sew the button onto my trousers, I always left the house, paid someone money (definitely too much money) and sacrificed my time all at expense to myself. I didn’t evolve into someone who enjoyed taking care of these tasks myself until I was forced to learn how to fix a hole in my drywall. I was intimidated at the prospect undertaking what I soon found to be among the easiest tasks I’ve ever undertaken. The icing on the cake was that I had a really good time learning a new skill. The cherry on top of that was that it opened me up to a new mindset. It got me excited about undertaking simple projects on my own rather than picking up the phone.
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Getting into the do-it-yourself zone is not easy at first. You’ll have to start thinking differently in order to make that transition. Remember, the internet is your best friend in this endeavor. You can learn to do pretty much anything online and you can find your supplies on sites like bag sealer or The DIY Outlet which will offer you an in depth look into the different tools that are used for different kinds of projects.

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Something that will really start to motivate to take the unenthusiastic enthusiast to the realm of do-it-yourself might be the cost of things. That cursed drywall project that kicked of my career was largely motivated by cost. I knew that if I didn’t take care of this mess myself, I would have to call a guy who would come over, then leave again and get the tools and supplies he needed, and then come back again. I also knew that he would do about an hour’s worth of work over the course of a day or two and that it would cost me my precious time and money.

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For those of us out there who love to take the reigns and complete projects on our own, the process is part of the adventure, and it is an adventure we love. Whether our task is practical, or more for the hobbyist, the journey is as important as the destination. Some would argue even more so. For the rest of the people out there, be patient with yourselves and start small. If you challenge yourself with a project that is too big, you might turn off that curiosity that is so important when undertaking such a mental change.

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