In the past, knowledge and techniques were closely guarded secrets. Admission to the guild was reserved for a few, and trades such as typesetting, plumbing, and medicine were forbidden to most.

One reason for the explosion of productivity and innovation over the past century is that more tools and leverage are now available to more people than ever before.

But over time we began to appreciate practical, easy-to-use, flat tools. Flat in that more experience does not always lead to better results. Five minutes with a kazoo is a lot like five hours with a kazoo.

We can find more benefits when we choose to rely on something that is worthwhile.

Just because it seems easy at first doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worth pursuing as a career.