You Are What You're Ready For - A Philosophy

You Are What You're Ready For - A Philosophy


You Are What You're Ready For - A Philosophy

They say that luck favors the prepared. I say: "You are what you're ready for."

There are many similar mantras that get slung by the Boy Scouts: "Be Prepared" or the tactical type, "Always Be Ready." Both of these terms imply a state of readiness in preparation for an emergency, attack, or survival situation, but neither address the disaster that most of us are already right in the middle of. The disaster of an unadventurous life. To understand my point, as well as this philosophy, you'll first need to ask yourself the question "Who do you want to be ready to be?"

Don't worry... now's not the time for us to go sit under a tree and get deep, but let's, for the moment, define ourselves simply by what we are ready for.

If a "magician" is standing on a stage without any of his props, is he a magician or is he just a guy standing on a stage? Is a person who is trained in neurosurgery a neurosurgeon if she has no access to operating rooms or surgical instruments?

If an outdoorsmen is driving home from work with nothing more than a briefcase, coffee breath and a stiff neck, is he really an outdoorsman or is he a corporate stiff? Think about it... "You are what you're ready for."

Who are you ready to be?

For me this question hit me like a ton of bricks when I found myself in a job that required a 2.5 hour daily commute. The drive plus my work left me little space to "be" anything but my job and a commuter.

I was happy to have the space to be my job, which was that of a SEAL, but how would I continue to be all of the other things I also wanted to be? I didn't want to just be my job, I wanted to be an outdoorsman, waterman, athlete, father, a pilot. All of the things I love versus all of the realities of life. I would have to come up with something to make it all happen.

Life as a truck

One day, after a particularly long commute home, I was just smoked. During the entire two-hour drive I was either looking to my left at the ocean or to my right at the mountains. Sitting in traffic I began to fantasize about pulling over and going surfing or mountain biking to let the traffic die down, and that's when it hit me.

If I was "prepared" I could easily go from being a "commuter" to anything I wanted to be. If I was prepared.

From that day forward I would always have my Toyota 4Runner loaded and ready to be what I wanted to be when I wanted to be it.

You see, when I was driving home without any of my equipment, I was just a commuter; but, when I had my truck prepared properly I could be a surfer, runner or a mountain biker. All much better options than being just a "commuter." No offense to you "commuters" out there, but I think you know what I mean.

It was that moment when I started to think about who I would be and what I would have to do to be ready to be that person. The solution was obvious, simple and it worked.

This is what I did.

I chose the top 5 things I wanted to "be" and then I outfitted my truck to support them. I no longer have to commute but I still keep my truck ready because I've found that when I have my stuff with me I tend to be much more active. I mean like five times more active.

Here's how I'm currently organized:

To Be A Waterman:

I've always loved the ocean and being in it. It has always kept me centered, and it always will.

If you were to pull down the back right seat of my Tundra you will find a pair of fins, dive mask, snorkel, dive booties, dive light and a knife.

On the passenger side of the truck you will find a full-sized speargun always ready to go. And yes, my wife Belisa gets pissed when she trips over it.

On the driver's side, laying from front to back there are two stand up paddles stashed along the floor. On top you'll find a Standup Paddle board locked to my racks.

Since I have this equipment ready I find myself in the water, diving or paddle boarding several times a month.

To Be An Outdoorsman:

Also behind the back seats—yes Tundras have a ton of space—you will find two full climbing rigs, compound bows, backpacking food, stoves and backpacks.

On the floor behind the seats there's a full length "Blue Water" climbing rope.

About the cabin you will find shovels, multitools, gloves and warmies. All of this is always ready so that I can quickly and easily transition between worlds.

To Be A Father:

As much as I love just being in the outdoors I've noticed that my kids don't always remain as content with Mother Nature as I do. They seem to always want to be doing something.

For this reason I keep the truck stocked with a variety of items that make any place a playground.

In the back there's a beach chair so that I can take them to the park or beach and just let them play.

Sandwiched in the chair when folded is one of those "Bean bag" games where you have to toss the bag in the hole. Hours and hours of fun have occurred with this alone.

Hanging behind the passenger's front seat I keep a stunt kite ready to go. I'm not a huge fan of the wind, but when it gets gusty the kite keeps us all busy for a while.

And of course there are always surfboards!

To Be An Adventurous Executive:

Yes, an "Adventurous Executive!" With the technology available to us today there is no reason to keep yourself cooped up in an office.

I've held online meetings and many conference calls from the comforts of the beach, mountains and deserts. There are few coffee breaks better than the ones taken on the trail or on the beach.

I keep mophie battery packs with me to keep me juiced up. I can and do work like this for days at a time.

What Are You Going to Be?

So these are the things I wanted to be, but we're all a little bit different. What you choose to be "Ready to be" is up to you and it is a choice. No longer do you have to "be" a corporate stiff, commuter or a grumpy bastard who doesn't get out enough.


About Eric Davis

Eric Davis served our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL and decorated veteran of the Global War on Terror. Eric has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the U.S. military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school. Davis is also the host of The Loadout Room, author at SOFREP, a GovX "Insider" and founder of the human performance company Average Frog. Follow him, and all his exploits, on Twitter @EricDavis215

Leave a comment:

Larry D.

4/12/2014 5:27 AM

This way of thinking definitely makes a lot of sense. Why not have all of the things that make you who you are with you all of the time. Being able to transition from one thing to the next while still in motion is awesome! I'll have to get my Silverado ready to be whatever I want to be whenever I want to. Larry

Eric D.

4/15/2014 12:35 PM

Thanks Larry... Send us some pictures of the Silverado as you get it loaded out.

jimmy s.

4/12/2014 2:17 PM

Mr.Davis sir thank you for your service

Eric D.

4/15/2014 12:35 PM

Of course - It was my pleasure. Thank you.

Marc V.

4/13/2014 12:20 PM

Certainly makes you think about using every moment doing what you enjoy and finding the time even when it feels like you don't have the time. I will definitely make sure my bathing suit, hiking gear and bike are at the ready:) Thanks!

Eric D.

4/15/2014 12:37 PM

Perfect Marc! You just need to add two paddle boards so that we can head out next time I'm in La Jolla

James F.

4/14/2014 8:52 AM

Fantastic attitude!

Eric D.

4/15/2014 12:38 PM

It's all attitude. Game changer!

Joel S.

4/14/2014 9:19 AM

Great stuff. Definitely want to try this out. And on a side note is that Admiral Van Buskirk.

Shannon V.

4/14/2014 10:42 AM

Sorry to say I am not Admiral Van Buskirk, with an unusual last name that is quite a coincidence. Did you know Admiral Van Buskirk?

Eric D.

4/15/2014 12:40 PM

Would love to hear how it works for you. It'd be great to hear what others want to "Be" 24 / 7

Joel S.

4/16/2014 2:53 AM

No not personally have seen him once. That is a pretty crazy coincidence

Joel S.

4/16/2014 2:57 AM

And I look forward to sharing definitely got some good ideas

Aaron B.

4/14/2014 5:25 PM

I like the way u think; a proactive approach to life. Always thinking outside the box. Aaron Bixby

Eric D.

4/15/2014 12:46 PM

Aaron, Thanks! For sure it's about being proactive and indeed out of the box. We all need to get out of those "Boxes" more often.

Mark M.

4/15/2014 8:12 AM

Excellent way to live life. I have a multitude of stuff with me always and it changes with the seasons. This simple change in thinking will help fine tune who I want to be. Great insight on always being prepared.

Eric D.

4/15/2014 12:57 PM

Would love to hear about what kits you change out during the year. I rotate very little during the year just because the whether doesn't change much in Southern California.

Andre J.

4/15/2014 6:34 PM

This has motivated me to no end. Thanks for your encouraging words. What do I want to be ready for?! A year ago, I started with my F-350, Mtn. Bike, Climbing and Repelling gear, and work gear (Safety Professional, Medic, and Rescuer) and all my stuff was stolen. Pissed, I was intimidated not to do it again, but you have given me the metal to get it squared away again. (I need a Trunk Monkey) Thanks and I'll keep you updated. Semper Fi, Ooh-RAh!!!

Eric D.

4/19/2014 11:24 PM

I do worry about the stuff getting stolen from time to time, but then I started "Dollar Cost Averaging" - so to speak - and I now do the math on how much the gear costs per use. I find that I use it so much more that I'm way ahead of the game. So boards get beat and dive fins get weathered, but they're down to like a dollar per use. Good deal even if I take a loss now and then.

Dale E.

4/16/2014 11:28 AM

From being a FAST Co. Marine, to a step father of 3 girls and then my son. I have lost my way and gained a few unwanted pounds, doing just as you described. I run my wildlife trappsing business and am on the road al day. Thanks to you, I have made the choice to change my life as of now! And in doing so my family will become better. Thank you

Eric D.

4/19/2014 11:26 PM

The best feedback one could ever get - thanks! I'd love to hear about what you end up keeping in your ride and how much more you get out to use whatever it is. Keep us posted. Eric

Stephen P.

4/18/2014 9:20 PM

I had never given this much thought until reading your article. I have been a truck driver with a food service company for the last 5 1/2 years, and I always keep my gear in my truck for a 2-5 day trip. I now realize all I have done was work and not be ready for who I want to be. I haven't been working for about 5 weeks now because I'm battling leukemia, so its time to clear all the work stuff out of my truck and apply what you have opened my eyes to. Thank you for the article, and thank you for your service :)

Eric D.

4/19/2014 11:29 PM

Absolutely! I'm sorry to hear about the leukemia and you'll be in my family's prayers. Keep us up to date on what you end up getting "Ready to be". You're an inspiration to us all.

Mike L.

4/19/2014 5:46 PM

Awesome ideas. I keep a few items on hand, but this creates some more ideas. Time to fill the trunk of the Passat!

Eric D.

4/19/2014 11:32 PM

Excellent! Let me know what you end up adding to it!

Edward P.

4/21/2014 11:24 AM

I appreciate your thought process, and you've reminded me to be better prepared to address more of my priorities as I drive instead of what has developed into single-minded, linear thinking. I enjoyed this article.

Eric D.

4/22/2014 12:11 PM

"Single-minded, linear thinking" What a great way to say it. As a matter of conservation we all develop these "Single-minded, linear" tactics, but it's conversations like these that help "Knock" us out of the ones that don't serve our ultimate purposes.

Kyle D.

4/23/2014 8:53 AM

That was an awesome read. Well done Sir.

Eric D.

4/23/2014 12:04 PM

Thank you! It's such a great group here. So much good collective thinking.

David M.

4/28/2014 5:11 AM

Spot On, I ensured that everyone in my family has a BOB in their vehicle, but thats it, time to up the anti and put some more gear in their, I like the longbow behind the rear seat, hell I can put in some good climbing ropes, harness's and some 'spare' stuff. Great Thinking. Cheers, Doc

Eric D.

5/2/2014 10:12 AM

Doc - Love it You just described the back of my truck!