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If/when all you have is a hammer...

Posted by J. Vincent on March 27, 2003

This is going back a bit (years, actually) in the discussion board but the phrase "If all you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail," (sometimes given as "When all you have is a hammer," and often characterized as Baruch's Law or Observation) is a slightly less articulate version of a maxim by Abraham Maslow (famed motivation theorist)who actually said: "If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail."