The man of many talents, Inspector Gadget! (That brings back childhood memories)
Inspector Gadget was a police inspector who was stuffed with gadgets and every kind of thing to help him succeed in his profession. Anything he needed, he had within himself to accomplish his mission. Huh! Let me say that again! Anything he needed, he had within himself to accomplish his mission. However, if he wasn’t first equipped than he wouldn’t have that gadget and would ultimately fail.
How do I become like Inspector Gadget?
Great question! We need to fill our toolboxes first and foremost. We need to get equipped, trained, and informed to become like Inspector Gadget. An empty toolbox won’t help change a tire, repair a sink or hang those pictures on the wall. In the same way an empty skill toolbox won’t help secure that job, teach a class or write a song. Life is full of ample opportunities to learn, grow, and stretch ourselves; this could be in a 3-day leadership intensive, a class on revision and editing, a music teacher for acoustic guitar, or a personal trainer.
In order for us to do the things in life we desire, we need to become prepared.
You don’t plan on climbing Mount Everest without first going through rigorous training and purchasing the proper equipment that will gear you for success. You don’t step up into a championship fighting match without going through months or even years of training and discipline (unless you are Tim Ferriss, that is another story).
Through the dozens of books I have read on self-improvement and growth, it all boils down to skill. Our toolbox isn’t full of only things we have learned or are skilled at, it also has a drawer for who we know. This drawer is full of people who know how to do what we can’t, they are the socket wrenches of our toolbox. These are the electricians, plumbers, editors, graphic designers, painters, and more; they are the ones that we employ when we don’t have the skill or talent and have no interest in acquiring that information. They have the necessary training and skill to accomplish those tasks we stare at blankly.
However, we cannot unlock this drawer without connecting and/or asking. We cannot be afraid to ask for help in places where we know we will be over our heads or we have no clue how to proceed. Inspector Gadget didn’t automatically know how to use everything he was equipped with, without first asking about its use. In the same way, in order to grow our skills or tap into those who have the skill, we need to ask. Growth comes from those things we are uncomfortable with and pushing ourselves to accomplish them. As you grow and learn, that toolbox will become bigger and more useful. In the beginning though, it will be a simple sewing kit, only capable of completely a few tasks.
There is even a website called Toolbox.com that does the very thing I have been discussing! How awesome is that?! Where do you go to fill your toolbox? Start with Home Depot or Lowe’s, even Ace Hardware would work. Oh you mean your skill toolbox!
- Poll your friends on Facebook
- Search for knowledgeable professionals on Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc)
- Use a group site like Meetup.com
- Ask your parents (Shocker!)
- Search your local library catalog
- Go to a bookstore and search their database
- Do a google search (search with a careful eye, scrutinize your search results for the reputable sites. Don’t trust everything you read)
- Browse the magazine section at Barnes and Noble (there is practically a magazine out there for every topic)
- Search blog sites for people who write about the skill you are looking to learn (WordPress, blogger etc)
This is a pretty simple list to get started. Trust me when I say that I believe in you to find the people or resources necessary to fill up and grow your skill toolbox, to succeed in every area of your life and to pursue your dreams, passions, and desires.
Go out and fill your toolbox today Nerds and Nerdettes! Would love to hear what skills or talents you are looking to grow and expand!