“A man is only as good as his tools.”

Emmert Wolf


There is some serious validity to this.  You can’t be a painter, a photographer, a builder, or a musician without your tools.  Even a singer and a teacher need a voice. But let’s take it a step further.  What tools do you need to fulfill a great vision?


Two nights ago, I wrote down what I would do if I had a million dollars.  I was very specific and knew exactly what I would do/what I will do. At first, all I could see was the money I would need to get these things accomplished.  But I had a good night’s sleep and the next day I pulled the list out and saw all that I could do right now.  So immediately, I began writing people and setting up appointments to serve in the areas where I am already equipped.  Yes, eventually, I will need money, but I find that it is not my greatest tool.  My greatest tool is my faith to believe and to move toward that belief with action.  I am old enough and have enough experience to know now that when I move in the direction where I feel called, doors begin to swing wide open, or slam shut.  I keep pressing forward until I come to place that I can’t open another door, no matter how hard I try.  Some doors are not meant to be opened.

Use what you have right now.  My three brothers became successful by starting from the ground up using what they already had…skills, knowledge, and talent, mingled with a willingness to work hard.   I have a voice to sing, but I don’t play any instruments so I have to go out and find the musicians.  I compose scores of music in my heart and head, but I cannot read music.  I have dyscalculia, so I have to look for an arranger who can take what I have recorded A Capella and transfer into a composition where many different musicians can play.

One of my greatest tools, that I have to rely on, is people with tools…people with skills, knowledge, and talent. 


Who do you need to surround yourself with to accomplish your great vision?


AshliDawn Bradshaw