Do you like to do things by yourself? If you’re like Ronald Kister, an information technology specialist, you like to make things by hand. You appreciate the mistakes, dedication, customization, and problem-solving opportunities that a do-it-yourself (DIY) attitude brings.
Ronald Kister has a ton of experience in this regard, having rebuilt the engine in his boat, performed all home maintenance, and gotten involved in home automation.
“I like any technical or mechanical challenge, and the work that goes along with learning the correct way of doing things,” he says. “Friends and family call me whenever something isn’t working, or [want to know] how to do something.”
The following benefits come out of adopting a DIY attitude:
An appreciation for what you have
A key to being able to repair or make things by yourself is discovering how time-consuming or challenging a task can be. Out of this comes an appreciation for the things you have and the systems that make life easy or work more efficient.
A connection to others
Like Kister, when other people rely on your expertise to help solve challenges, it provides an opportunity to connect with them. You may even stumble into another DIYer, someone who will be happy to share their ideas and help you learn even more. These connections are valuable and at the core of a happy life.
An opportunity for freedom
In uncertain times, people who embody a DIY attitude learn not to rely on firms to take care of them. Even if you have no desire to DIY on a full-time basis, you have a sense of freedom from depending on others to get things done.
Ronald Kister is an IT consultant specialist who provides strategic management, project leadership and governance, risk management and compliance services to clients in Mount Sinai, New York.