It`s sort of a given that entrepreneurs and startup businesses don`t usually have a whole lot of money. Not always, but it`s generally a part of life. As such, people are always looking at what they can do themselves before they can afford to hire, contract, or otherwise outsource.
We`ve had lots of discussions here about DYI (do it yourself), and in
many of those discussions, there seems to be a sort of natural belief
that anyone can do anything. On a theoretical and conceptual level,
that`s mostly true. I`m not talking about physical contradictions,
where, for example, the blind can see or the deaf can hear.
This is about the whole idea of skills---capablities that can be learned and put into practice to some level of competence.
Suppose you`re a piano player and singer, and you`ve been hired to work
a small nightclub doing a jazz act. It`s a new club, and you`re doing
well. The audience likes you, and the owner notices that more people
show up to buy drinks when you`re playing than when you`re not.
One evening the owner comes up to you and says, "Listen, I need you to
show the waitresses how to play the piano and sing so that in case
you`re not here, they can do it. I need a sort of template so that
anyone can do it."
What`s wrong with that picture?