The Five

And the two.

Twice in the last week I’ve been interrupted by a text message or phone call related to friends’ business operations. Twice in the last week my phone’s gone off late at night and I just answered it—because it was important, whatever it was—because of who was calling.

In both situations, I was in the middle of something else, but that something else very easily waited.

I am honored friends would trust me enough to share their secrets and problems with me.

They say we’re the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

I’m spending more time with gearhead entrepreneurs.

High five.

3 things 3 years with a $3,000 truck has taught me

1. Your skills are an asset—not a shortcut.

There’s nothing wrong with buying a $3000 vehicle when you can put another two grand into it to make it perfectly reliable—you’ve just got to follow through and commit to making it reliable right away.

2. You get out of your network what you put into it.

The more you help people solve their problems, the more people you’ll find willing to help you solve your problems. Fezzik is essentially sponsored by my friends. Thank you.

3. You can’t always get what you want. (You get what you need.)

Okay, so I learned this one from The Rolling Stones. But Fezzik’s really driven the lesson home.

Nice as it would be if Fezzik was a bespoke, overland rig like Linhbergh Nguyen’s—or pristinely gorgeous like Kevin Roy’s—I really just my Montero to be reasonably reliable and capable of going when the going gets tough.

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I haven’t had a completely reliable Mitsubishi since Daisy, the 97 Talon I bought new in 1996. That’s going to change here in next couple months. (See #1, #2, and #3, above.)