April 10 2018 0Comment

DIY DAVE – When all you have is a hammer

The often used quote that “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” is a good one. But I believe that if ALL you do have is a hammer, you better use it.

  1. Become a sculptor

I have always admired metal sculptors and handmade artisans who bend and mould and shift things.  They can add depth to a flat piece of metal by bending, by putting dimples or marks in it. Hugh MacLeod comes to mind — he isn’t exactly a sculptor, but he is always asking us if we are sculpting, making a mark, on our universe.

Sculptors can offer the traditional world of business a refreshing perspective of what you can indeed do with a simple hammer and a little heat.  So, if all you have is a hammer, try to find a heat source, too. That would come from that internal area often called passion, which if it was an actual organ, I think it would be shaped like a torch.

  1. Break things

Construction workers are good at this. When I built my house, I subcontracted a fair amount of the work and I cannot think of a single trade person who did not have a hammer. Even the electrician had a hammer. The window guy had a hammer. Every now and then, whatever you are working on, will need a loving nudge from a hammer. And when you have a bad day, you can break big rocks into little rocks instead of going to the gym.

  1. Make noise

What I have noticed with just about everyone who carries a hammer, at least in certain circumstances, looks around to see if it is okay to make some noise. Why is that? It is a mix of wisdom and courtesy — is what you are about to do going to cause someone to jump in fright? Sometimes the timing demands that you pause first. Well, then give a little warning like, “hey I’m about to smack this large sledgehammer into a stiff piece of steel and, well, it is going to make a loud noise that might hurt your ears.”

When you use a hammer, it obviously cannot be done quietly, so be prepared for the shockwaves. You are about to make some good noise. People are going to notice.

  1. Carry it on your belt

People will ask you loads of questions and that might give you an opportunity to share your message.

There you have it — common sense ways to leverage a hammer when that’s all you have. Do not be misled into thinking an intense focus, with one tool, is a bad thing. When all you have is a hammer, use it. Use it wisely. Change your business, change the market, change the world.  After all, what would Thor been without his hammer?


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