Have you ever let a home improvement store intimidate you? After all, if you didn’t do any planning or research before you walked in, your dream of an elegant DIY bookshelf is probably going to turn into a wobbly “I guess it’s a clothing rack now?” nightmare. Building something yourself takes a lot of time, preparation, and patience.
You’ve probably heard the old saying: “Measure twice. Cut once.” Well, it’s true.
Patience is incredibly important too because, in a sense, you actually have to watch paint dry. Paint takes much longer than one hour to dry — don’t let the directions on the can deceive you. We all want to see the results yesterday, but your final project will be much easier to look at if you’re realistic and knowledgeable throughout the process of crafting it.
After all, planning and researching are crucial when you’re developing a new skill. A well-executed plan saves you loads of time, money, stress, and materials. “Have the knowledge before you begin,” Patricia Davis Brown of Digthisdesign.net writes. Why not do some searching and streaming before you nervously shuffle into your local hardware store? Make a plan and strut in there with confidence and know-how instead. Gaining this confidence is all a matter of knowing what you need. Again, Patricia Davis Brown says it well:
Using the right tools will not only make your job safer but also help you to build a great workshop. If you have no idea what the right tools are, you need to research some how-tos to find out the necessary tools needed for a particular project.
It’s important to treat yourself as a student and take advantage of research’s ease and accessibility today. After all, we all have demanding schedules with a lot on our minds, so taking on a new project or learning a new skill may seem overwhelming. But we’re fortunate to live in a time where technology easily lets us double-check ourselves and move forward with confidence. We no longer have to spend hours of our free time at a library to learn.
We’re not saying you should let the internet take over your brain. That sounds terrifying. It’s better to think of the internet as an invaluable tool. It’s all about having the right tools, and high-speed internet access is probably the most important one to have in your toolbelt.
Of course, whether or not you visualize the internet as a physical tool in your mind is your decision. Some academics imagine it as a virtual filing cabinet instead. Erman Misirlisoy, Ph.D., believes that using the internet as an extra space for information we don’t readily need is beneficial for our brain. His Mediumdot.com blog entry illustrates his point well:
Who needs to waste their mental resources on remembering that an “ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain,” when the internet can tell us at a moment’s notice? Let’s save our brains for more important problems.
No matter what physical form the internet takes on in our minds, most of us agree that high-speed internet access is a gift that grants us the knowledge we need to plan for almost anything.
Become a DIY master (or humbly decide it’s not for you), learn a new language, or even bake your own bread.
The possibilities are endless. And remember, you don’t have to embark on your creative endeavors alone. ACE Fiber is here with the reliable, lightning-fast internet speed you need to research and learn in the comfort of your own home.