Guitar gurus say,” Tone is in your fingers” You can buy the same guitar, effects pedals, and amplifiers that Eddie Van Halen uses. But when you play that rig, it’s still going to sound like you. Likewise, Eddie could plug into a crappy Strat/Pig nose setup at a pawn shop, and you’d still be able to recognize that it’s Eddie Van Halen playing. Fancy gear can help, but the truth is your tone comes from you.Let’s quickly refer to the Word of God before we go deeper.
1 Samuel 17:39-41 NIV
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So, he took them off.
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
It’s tempting for people to obsess over tools instead of what they’re going to do with those tools. You know the type; Designers who use an avalanche of funky typefaces and fancy Photoshop filters but don’t have anything to say.
Many amateur golfers think they need expensive clubs. But it’s the swing that matters, not the club. Give Tiger Woods a set of cheap clubs, and he will still destroy you. People use equipment as crutch. They don’t want to put hours on the driving range, so they spend a ton in the pro shop.
In Business, too many people obsess over tools, software tricks, fancy furniture, scaling issues, and fancy office space instead of what really matters. What really matters is how you are going to get customers and make money.
About bloggers, you also see us people who want to blog, podcast, or shoot videos for our business, we spend tons on fancy equipment, but if we have nothing to say….well, we have got nothing to say.
Finally, brethren, my point is let’s use what we already have or can afford cheaply, it’s not the gear that matters. The tone is in your fingers.
Inspired by Rework, a Book by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried