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Writers in every publication, including myself, spend a great deal of time covering gear and skills, and rightfully so, but what many of us fail to cover is the importance of keeping a sharp and active mind. Perhaps the greatest tool that we have is our mind, our ability to think. Our ability to analyze and work through problems is what has kept us all alive since the first time we were on our own. Just as you go to the firing range to hone your shooting skills and to the gym to keep your body in shape, you need to do something to keep your mind active. For me that means reading.


What someone reads is entirely up to the individual. Some people like fiction. Some, like me, like to read about true-life situations. In my office are bookcases full of books that cover all aspects of many different subjects. There are books on history, geography and animals. There are also medical books and manual-style books. Why, you may ask? Simply because they are my reference materials. I draw upon these books for my line of work and the way I live my life. I don’t know everything so when I have a question, I turn to these reference materials.

Like all of the articles being written by some really great writers, these books are pretty cut and dried, and unless you actually go out and do the task written about, it is very hard for many people to connect the dots without using their hands. For example, you can read about how to sharpen a knife or start a fire, but unless you actually do it yourself, or at the very least, watch someone else do it, then it is hard to fully grasp the process. I admit I’m like that. It is not enough for me to read about something. I don’t fully learn it unless I do it.

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