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When to Invest in New Gear (Ep. 276)

Sometimes, a shiny new toy is just the thing to help you reach the next level in a skill or hobby.

Those times are few, unfortunately. Shiny new toys are quite often just fun distractions that make you feel good without really doing anything.

We’re spending this episode talking about how to tell the difference. Next time you buy a new camera lens, computer, or course, you’ll (hopefully) know it wasn’t just a placeholder for hard work.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:03:14 – Buying new gear makes you think you’re improving
  • 0:10:42 – Discussing some of our gear
  • 0:22:02 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:24:17 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:26:27 – Discussing some of our gear (continued)
  • 0:27:17 – Knowing when you really need to upgrade your gear
  • 0:39:38 – Investing in education, and applying what you learn
  • 0:54:01 – Getting started with your hobby
  • 1:09:56 – Buying online courses
  • 1:12:18 – Conclusion

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