I am replacing a folding closet door with a pre-hung door. This involves some framing and sheet-rocking. I’m almost done with the door, thanks for asking.
I’m at the last part of the project where I’m putting sheet rock on the inside frame around the door. The closet is about four feet wide by about three feet deep, so there isn’t a whole lot of room to move around. As I’m putting mud in the corners for tape to tie in the new rock with the existing wall, I found myself muttering, “there has to be an easier way to do this.” My mind wanders to the sheet rock tool display at Lowes where they have all sorts of gadgets and widgets and doohickies for the homeowner to become a professional in 1-2-3 easy steps. Admit it, you have a garage full of this crap.
And then I had an epiphany. There already is an easier way to tape and mud inside corners. Just get better at it and it will become easier.
This is no small revelation. How many times have we sought to short-cut acquiring skills by buying a gadget that promises to give us the ability to do something without learning. We buy books all the time that promise to give us the secrets to success. We read blogs in earnest on how to succeed in social media hoping to find that one secret door. Right now, they are running some infomercial on early-morning tv about building an e-commerce Web site in three easy clicks. Adobe makes some of the best design software in the industry and I shudder to think how many people have purchased the Creative Suite thinking they could be an award-winning designer without understanding basic design principals. How many people bought a Slap-Chop when a good knife and some time would have given them the skills they were trying to gain through a short-cut. (BTW, Slap Chop doesn’t work; save your money.)
There is no short-cut to learning skills. Learn some and quit looking for the easy way to success. You’re just wasting time and money you should be dedicating to learning.