“If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.” – Abraham Maslow
There are many expressions that point to the same reality: “when the student is ready, the teacher appears” , “luck happens when opportunity intersects with preparation,” etc.
All these phrases loaded with wisdom say one and the same thing:
what is happening around you is interpreted by you according to what you are. You don’t see the world as it is, but as you are.
You think you’re well prepared to deal with the world. All you have are nails and a hammer. You look happy and satisfied. What you probably didn’t know is that your world is made of nails, precisely because your only tool is a hammer.
I don’t know if I’m being clear, but I’ll clarify: See if what I’m going to say fits well with your life. things don’t go as you would like, but you think you’re doing everything right. Think about that. If you’re doing the right thing, why the hell don’t you have the success you deserve?
Because the world is composed of many things, but you don’t see them. This raises a problem: how can I show that the world is composed of nails, but that there are also bolts, nuts, clamps, and a bunch of other tools? I don’t really know, because if you only have a hammer and I show you a screw, you’re gonna pound it, if I show you a nut, you’ll hammer it down, the same goes for anything else.
Perhaps the process of opening the mind comes from outside, not from within.
What if I showed you a screwdriver and I put it next to the hammer? And also added a wrench, a saw, a drill? Maybe you’d start discovering that there are millions of opportunities in this world of new and exciting things to do, build, learn. Or maybe you’d look at these new tools while grabing your hammer and ramming them all.