Sometimes it’s not that easy to see what a new tool can really do without some level of adoption. Adoption translates into self investment, since you’re going to end up spending time and energy evaluating a new tool.
The tricky part is determining the right level of self investment necessary to evaluate the tool, and then how much more investment the tool is likely to take for full adoption.
Assuming you can find that line, it’s worth the expense of the initial investigation. Even if you end up passing on it, you learn from the experience. Over time you’ll begin to recognize patterns that represent what not to look for in a tool, and how to spot a good one. You might even find a tool you’ll end up keeping in your tool belt, or one that gets stored in the garage to lend out to friends.
The act of actually picking up a tool and taking it for a spin represents a break in inertia – you’re doing something differently. Bucking inertia can be a phenomenal way to grow, and can help lay the groundwork for a constructive change. Often it forces you to look at a problem or situation from an angle you hadn’t considered before. It’s not going to be easy, but it will make you better for it in the long run.