When to get new tools.

My favorite line from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” is:

Perhaps we should never produce a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, so enterprises or sailed in some way, that we feel like new men in the old, and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old skins.

How often do we spend time obsessing over new stuff? We scour the internet looking for the latest and greatest. What has someone else thought of that I can use?

Instead, we need to look at what we are actually doing. Is there anything we can’t do at all because we are being held back? It’s way better to upgrade out of necessity than it is to upgrade because something might make us better.

I need to take this advice seriously myself.