You wouldn’t quite believe how many people have contacted me lamenting their lack of DIY skills. This seems to be somewhat of a phenomenon. While I agree that DIY is not for everyone, I would still always maintain that absolutely everyone can do the vast majority of small repair and maintenance jobs in their own home and workplace.
Why Some People Hate DIY
I find it hard to understand how anyone could fail to seek joy and satisfaction from DIY. Firstly, you save a lot of money, secondly, you get a great sense of achievement, thirdly, you can let your creativity run riot and lastly, it’s great to acquire a skill and then master a task. Some people disagree and this is what they say:
- I Have Two Left Hands: Some people have zero self-belief and have convinced themselves that they just cannot do it. So they don’t even try.
- Fear of Failure: This is similar, some people have tried in the past, made a bad job of it and vowed never the try again. If you are trying to learn a new skill, you must be prepared to fail several times before you can succeed.
- Lack of Patience: DIY jobs require time and patience and some people are unwilling to fail along their road to DIY mastery.
- My Parents Didn’t Teach Me DIY Skills: Our technologically advanced world has seen practical skills wane and vanish. Many of today’s parents have never been taught DIY skills and will not be in a position to pass on practical skills either.
- I Am Too Busy: Many People work long hours and would rather spend their spare time pursuing their hobbies and spending time with their family and friends. I can understand that.
What if Your Heating gets Air-locked Over the Weekend?
Let’s take the following scenario: for one, several or all of the above reasons, you refuse point-blank to ever engage in DIY tasks. Let’s further assume that your heating has been air-locked over the weekend. It’s freezing cold outside and your neighbor is also a DIY-phobe. What are you going to do? Put three coats on your children, book a hotel for the night or just put up and shut up and risk getting pneumonia? You may do that, then again, you may just want to bite the bullet and try your hand a fixing it anyway.
The Joys of Internet DIY Instructions and Youtube
Google is the ultimate know-it-all. Within minutes you will find millions of website, explaining how to fix and airlocked heating system. There are thousands of kind-hearted individuals who go through great lengths explaining DIY stuff and putting up instruction videos on Youtube. I applaud them all! Conducting a bit of research, particularly about small jobs, is a definite must.
When it comes to bigger job, looking the basics up online will help you negotiate a better price with your technician. Knowledge is power!
I would urge anyone to reconsider, to muster up the courage to try again. You will save time and money, you can succeed and you will be able to find the calm within to do the job. If you don’t know how, buy yourself a basic home DIY book or ask Google.
Let’s Save Our Practical Skills!
If we continue this way, the world will be full of people with no practical skills. What a horrendous thought! Our hands are the most awesome tools and merely need a bit of TLC to get started. Anyone can succeed, even the worst DIY-phobe. In all likelihood, there will come a moment in your life when you will have no choice but to try and yes, you can do it!