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The Gear Effect: Tools of the Trade

Motivation can come from many sources. Gear is one of those things and it can put you in the right frame of mind to do some conquering. Putting my hands on essential gear everyday helps to solve the problem of waning persistence when it rears its ugly head.

In general, I hold the opinion that if something doesn’t move us closer to our goal, then it has no place on our ship. Eating at a good restaurant three times per week, though gastronomically fabulous, does nothing for my advancement. In fact, it hinders progress. It might make me feel good for a short while, but the effect quickly fades. The expense is not justified.


On the other hand, I know there are things that I can put hands on everyday that will hold their own and aid in my progress and development. Some treasure will need to be expended to obtain them, but they justify themselves in the service they provide. They become a valued part of the business, the family even. They help keep the power and mojo rolling.

Below is the first example of my own “everyday carry” (EDC), a couple of the things that keep me focused on the prize, give me an assurance of preparedness for whatever may come, and are otherwise an extension of me. Your own everyday carry will be different, of that I am certain, and that’s fantastic. Remember, I am a writer. You may not be. So, some of my EDC will defy your understanding. In fact, you’ll think, “This guy is a geek!

Tools of the Trade

Plural, because I rely on two pens. No others.

The Scriveners and The Trees (and The Canine).

The Scriveners and The Trees (and The Canine).

As good an invention as sliced bread and central air conditioning are, the Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball pen is even better. This pen is a work of art. The lion’s share of my note taking, which is significant on a daily basis (because I can’t remember anything for more than a millisecond) is done with the Pilot. Smooth, doesn’t hang up, doesn’t get clogged.

The sole job of my other pen, the Lamy Safari Fountain, is for writing in my journal. Though not as smooth as the Pilot, the Fountain is a more than adequate throwback to a bygone era. I like to imagine myself as George Washington (though he likely wrote with a quill and inkwell) writing on the eve of battle.

I promise, the next installment of The Gear Effect will be more manly (Spoiler Alert: It will be a Benchmade knife, made in the USA).

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