In Defense Of Self-Reliance

We often underestimate our own abilities and overestimate that of others. This can be expensive. Not only in terms of our self-esteem, but it can also have an impact on our wallet. Perhaps, it’s time we learned how to take a DIY approach.

This is not to say that you should shun all professional help. However, we do tend to lean too far in that direction. We rely on others to do things for us that we could have learned to do ourselves.

Here are 4 ways you could become more self-sufficient:

  1. Fixing things around the house.

If you have no idea how to hammer a nail or use a power tool, then it’s a good idea to hire someone for big jobs like replacing a window pane or fixing a broken garbage disposal unit. They have the right tools and the expertise to get it done quickly. It’s money well spent because you won’t take the whole day doing something that could have been done in an hour or two. Nor will you have to suffer pangs of remorse, if you mess up the project.

On the other hand, you could learn to do simple things on your own like painting a wall or cleaning out the gutters. These are fairly easy to figure out how to do.

Sometimes, too, you may have sufficient knowledge and skills in fixing your own stuff, but still need to hire help because you need an extra pair of hands. However, in some instances, a helping hand tool can turn a two-person job into something you can do yourself. For instance, it can be used to grip and hold Shiplap style boards for a straight, snug fit.

  1. Cooking your own meals.

There are three ways people avoid preparing their own meals: They arrange for someone else to cook all their meals; they go out to eat; or they buy packaged foods.

However, there are 5 benefits to learning how to cook and prepare meals for yourself:

  1. You can use fresh ingredients and make healthier meals.
  2. You can fix the meal exactly the way you like.
  3. Once you learn to think of cooking as an art form, you’ll enjoy learning new recipes and cooking delicious meals.
  4. It’s a great way to impress a date or to express your affection for your family.
  5. It’s going to save you money.

How do you start? You can either get someone to show you how to cook, take cooking classes, or take an online, video-based cooking class.

  1. Cleaning your home.

Cleaning your home requires a minimal amount of technical skills. Besides, if you don’t know how to do a particular piece of housecleaning—for instance, what to do to scrub a blackened pan because you got absentminded, forgot about the boiling spaghetti boiling, and let it burn to a crisp—you can always look online for cleaning tips.

The reason most people who hire a cleaning service don’t do the work themselves is because they don’t have the time to do it or don’t have the energy to keep up with housekeeping after a long day or week at work. If you earn a high hourly income, say $75 an hour, then paying a cleaning service $25 an hour is actually a good idea.

However, what if you’re only earning $12 an hour and hire someone to do it for $25 an hour? Then it’s not a good idea. It’s also not a good idea to simply let things get increasingly messier. If you’re pressed for time, then just house clean for 15 minutes a day.

  1. Getting back in shape.

Many people hire a personal trainer if they are working out at a gym. While this might work if you are a professional bodybuilder who needs someone to push you through intense workouts in preparation for a contest, it might not be necessary to hire a personal trainer simply get back in shape. Still, if you have no idea what to do in a gym, you could hire a personal trainer for a short time to show you the proper form for each exercise. A personal trainer will also help you set up a training and diet program. However, once you’ve learned the right exercise techniques and got a set routine and diet plan, you can then go ahead and do it yourself.

Why not learn to do more things yourself? You’ll build your confidence in your own abilities, get over your perfectionism, and enjoy learning new skills.

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