The web is flooded with DIY (do-it-yourself) videos. You can DIY simple painting jobs up to complex science stuff, and videos like these get a lot of hits meaning people want to do things by themselves. But is it worth the effort? Well, like in anything that we do in life, there always has to be a reason for doing something. There are instances when a person makes a costly DIY project but is very happy with the outcome and does it over and over again even though he is losing in cost, that’s called “self-fulfilment”, others do not repeat on the DIY because the actual cost exceeds his budget targets or it basically is more costly to do it yourself rather than buying it from a store. However it is, you decide on what is best.
“I want to do it, but I don’t have the talent to do it…”, well, trying will not harm you. Hesitation oftentimes is caused by a notion that we do not have the talent that other people have to do a particular thing. It depends. Let’s first look at the difference between “talent” and “skill”. Definition says talent is a special ability or aptitude, something we do naturally and we do not have to exert much effort in doing it we just do it. While skill on the other hand is the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude etc. meaning we have learned what we do and enhanced it through study and practice. Basically the talent is natural and not learned and skill is something that can be done through learning.
Now why do we have to know about talent versus skill? DIY things are mostly, if not, everything that can be done through skill, meaning you can learn how to do it.
Let us take for example patches. There are a lot of types of patches, embroidered, printed, woven, leather patches etc. And no matter how many patches are sold in the stores, web or any other outlet we oftentimes complain that we don’t want the designs and hoped that we or someone else could make the design you want, and of course patches could also be DIY. Biker patches is one example of patches that a lot of bikers DIY.There was one guy on a video, a biker showing how to do leather Biker Patches doing it for barely a couple of years and but his work is very impressive that it seems like has been doing it for decades. The interest of this guy started by his admiration towards other bikers’ patches, which later on turned into curiosity, wondering if he too could make his own patches like the other bikers did, but as mentioned above, he too had the impression that he did not have the “talent” to do so. Well, in only two years he now is making leather biker patches like a professional, and he even makes a living out of doing these. This comes to prove that you can learn almost any skill out there, it only depends if you are interested or not.
But on the other hand, it is always convenient to just buy these patches from the stores or from places that produce good quality stuff that you like. Like the biker patches that the dude makes in his videos. He actually has a line at the beginning of his video saying,“the only thing standing between you and learning how to make leather biker patches is a bunch of time and effort, and if you do not have that, hey, you could always go to my website and order them from me!” and that is definitely true. Don’t force the issue if you do not have the luxury of time, buy it!
Again, buying it or making it yourself are choices, what makes you happy is what’s important, you can read all the articles you want, listen to peoples advice all day, but at the end, it all depends on you and what you want. So go and DO IT YOURSELF! I mean, do whatever you want, buy it or make it, as long as you are happy with your decision, and that is what matters most.