Am I *TOOL* dependent?

One of my colleagues struck me by saying “you are tool dependent”.   From the very moment he said that to me, I agree deep within – although I never answer or loudly answer YES.  I know what he means by that and now I’m asking myself that very question.  In order to answer that question, lets define first what being tool dependent is?

  • Explores a lot of tools, recursively
  • Is lazy
  • Yet is ideal
  • The goal is to produce or optimize things with very little effort
  • Does not focus on the subject matter but instead focuses on the tools to accomplish the problem or the subject matter
  • Kills time for tool exploration
  • Plays alot with the tools
  • Spends time doing boilerplate codes
  • A tool slave – relies on the tools very much
  • Always buying time or always lacks time
  • Never get things done
  • Couldn’t get things done without the tools
  • Having a hard time controlling oneself
  • Does not have self-discipline
  • Have an attention deficit disorder
  • Easily persuaded by tools
  • Jack of all trades, master of none
  • Critical thinker
  • Creative thinker to the point of once a problem occurs, the solution instantaeneously pops out of the brain and then performs research about what tool accomplishes the problem instead of analyzing the problem first and then acting after.
  • An action man without thinking first
  • You overly submit oneself to that way
  • Has a lot of options because of the result of finding a lot of possible tools and solutions to solving a particular problem.
  • Always planning to escape being tool dependent but cannot
  • Tends to over-analyze things

From this definition alone, I would say I am.  Well, I just made up this definition from what I understand to be a tool dependent.

Upon reflecting, here I think are ways to escape from being a tool dependent person.

  • A determination to change
  • An everyday re-assessment of goals if it gets done
  • Focus and focus on solving the subject matter by not relying from the tools
  • Organize
  • Follow up
  • Focus on personal development – by not using those tools
  • Have a general sense of whats happening – have a birds eye view
  • Think first before acting
  • Always rely to oneself.  Don’t be dependent to things – and don’t escape the situation
  • Develop a sense of independence
  • Believe in your own competency
  • Gain personal mastery and self-control

Systematic way of tackling tool dependence.

  • Being dependent on things means holding on desperately to things to give life a meaning or direction.  In this case, to give you a desired solution to the problem you are tackling.
  1. Be willing to let go of the tools.  Begin by resenting those tools that can keep you back from all that you are capable of.
  2. Have the ability to self-initiate and lead oneself.
  3. Limit the tool selection to just 3, so that at least you have the options.
  4. Don’t over-analyze things for your pleasure.
  5. Practice, practice, practice.  From what I’ve heard, all it takes to acquire a habit is to perform it for two weeks consistently.  For example, if you are lazy to brush your teeth everyday – and you want to do something about it; train your mind and *do* it for two weeks and it becomes a habit.

Some new toys

18″ Rota MTS on Dunlop Sp’s 225-40-18
Tein S Tech Springs w/ 1″ lifter for the front

Yup 18×8.5 I originally wanted a set of linea corse lm’s pero kinapos sa budget.


18×8.5 with a +48 offset (in my preference) is the perfect rims for the focus! why? coz you can fit 245/35 R18 tires which will give you the closest overall diameter (for 18’s) with the stock rims! plus, you’ll also get the most traction coz of the wider tires! :) check it out!

pansin ko mukhang ngtatanong ka around the forums sa mga drop, mukhang may plan ka noh? :mrgreen: i think i can help kasi i think i have the lowest drop sa mga focus dito, more than 2″ drop, zero gap sa front fender. most of the humps, wlang sayad, except for those really bad ones that are usually situated sa mga pangit na neighborhood coz mukhang sila sila lang gumawa ng humps, pero kaya pa din,basta maganda pagka-siete, still, this rarely happens kasi la naman ako pinupuntahan na if your planning on 1.5″ drop, mas ok yun,la talagang sayad. remember we met up at valle verde for the CAI?baka napansin mo mga humps don,mejo malalaki pero la ako sayad don
Tire Size Comparison
Specification Sidewall Radius Diameter Circumference Revs/Mile Difference
205/55-16 —- 4.4in — 12.4in – 24.9in ——— 78.2in ——- 811 —— 0.0%
225/40-18 —- 3.5in — 12.5in – 25.1in ——— 78.8in ——- 804 —— 0.8%
235/40-18 —- 3.7in — 12.7in – 25.4in ——— 79.8in ——- 794 —— 2.1%
245/35-18 —- 3.4in — 12.4in – 24.8in ——— 77.8in ——- 815 —— -0.5%
255/35-18 —- 3.5in — 12.5in – 25.0in ——— 78.6in ——- 806 —— 0.6%


Here’s my wishlist before the year 2009 ends:

  • Subwoofer (optional since I already have the M-Audio Studiophile BX-5a)
  • Biz
  • Travel to Singapore or Thailand
  • Pistol Gun – Springfield .45 acp Mil-spec (optional since I really don’t need this, just for occasional hobby; but I really love the Mil-spec!!!)

springfield mil-spec

  • Learn to play Tennis
  • Learn to bike – Until now, I do not know how to =(
  • Slim down – I really should be going to the Gym nowadays.