I gave a lot of thought to this topic mainly because up until a few months ago I wasn’t your type of DIY (Do It Yourself) gal. Like must people I thought the chances of screwing things up we’re not worth the hassle besides why invest time and energy trying to do things I never did before? I thought just call the pros save yourself the energy and the money. Cause after all we know that cheap can get expensive! Well a number of experiences has lead me do somethings myself after all like Mark Twain says, Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. That’s not the only reason though, recently became a stay at home mom more like I went from having a full time job to a part time job in the transition we had to live on one income and we wanted to continue life as usual the more money I am able to save the more we’re able to fill in the gaps So, I Sailed away from the safe harbor and here are few things I learned:
- The opportunity to engage our hands and our brain in things we thought we couldn’t do. The sense of reward one gets from doing or fixing things with our hands can’t be earned any other way, we get to develope new skills and it’s obvious that we learn faster from “hands-on” experiences even if that means through trials and errors.
- Becoming a DIY hero will give you a sense of empowerment and self confidence. A while ago we needed a part change in the beamer, we went to the shop and the guy said $1,500.00 including parts and labor and you need to leave your beamer here for at least 2 days. We decided to shop around and find out the actual price of the part. Long story short, we watched a Youtube video, I went to auto-zone paid $16.00 for the part and in less than a minute change the part. It was so easy cause I just gad to unplug the the old part and plug the new one. We ended up saving a ton of money (refer to: The secrete to saving money)
- You-tube can teach you how to become a DIY hero, pretty much You-tube can teach you anything. No excuses, there’s no excuses for not doing things yourself or doing what you want. Fixing the car was not the only thing I learned on Youtube and I’m not able to always fix it myself, we take it to the shop with regularity and give it the proper maintenance. But, I learned how to do my pedi and mani and even my hair, so yeah! Pretty much you can learn just about anything in Youtube.
- By becoming a DIY hero you will also develop a connection to new people. You become a citizen of the world there’s a large community of DIYers in the web login in to social media everyday, you can feel confident interacting with them exchanging ideas take initiative what skills do you have? Offer to help anyone you know might benefit from your skills who knows one day you might turn it into a business. Just make it clear when offering to help that you’re unskilled, grunt labor and want to learn. Everyone needs a happy helper on a job,.
- Never under estimate yourself. You will never know if you don’t try, don’t pass an opportunity to do things yourself, you can be a DIY hero if I believe in you then you should believe in yourself also, you are never too busy to work on your stuff, you work too hard to let things fall apart at home, become handy set a time to do things around whether is daily, weekly, by weekly or monthly hold yourself accountable and do the things you said you will do.
- Remember the 80/20 do 100% your best but If the end result looks like an 80% at the beginning, don’t sweat that 20% means room to grow In other words, be OK with getting some paint on the ceiling when you paint your own house get it! Remember that practice makes progress the more you do the more you learn, the more you will know that you can be a DIY hero.
- Shadow a pro. If you do hire a pro to do the work, don’t let them toil alone. Fetch tools, ask questions, sweep the floor, get the coffee, skills are learned and they can be transferable, watch them work.keep asking smart questions and praise their craft. True masters of trade are happy to explain the whats and whys of their work. Don’t be annoying, but also remember that you’re paying them and they’re working for you.
- You learn other things in the process of taking on any task and these pieces of knowledge and the skills you learn will be useful in future projects whether is fixing your car, your washer, painting your roof or doing your nails. Don’t take it lightly if you’re going to learn to do something is worth to learn doing it right.
- You are showing your children, friends and family that they can do it themselves too. If someone like me who is nothing special” can do these things, surely they can, too. Everyone thinks is difficult until is done. Remember the four miles barrier? According to legend, experts said for years that the human body was simply not capable of a 4-minute mile. It wasn’t just dangerous; it was impossible. Further legends hold that people had tried for over a thousand years to break the barrier, even tying bulls behind them to increase the incentive to do the impossible. In the 1940’s, the mile record was pushed to 4:01, where it stood for nine years, as runners struggled with the idea that, just maybe, the experts had it right. Perhaps the human body had reached its limit. On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute barrier, running the distance in 3:59.4. As part of his training, he relentlessly visualized the achievement in order to create a sense of certainty in his mind and body. Barely a year after Bannister’s accomplishment, someone else ran a mile in under 4 minutes. Then some more runners did.Now, it’s almost routine. If you get up to do something These people are more likely to try it themselves.
- Just try it! DIY! You will thank yourself for doing so. Short of replacing your electrical panel or roof, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever be in real danger when working on your house or doing things yourself. And, if you’re careful and do your research in advance, you’re probably not going to seriously mess anything up you’ll become a DIY hero.
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