All of the gear, but none of the game

All of the gear, but none of the game

Some of the gear, and some of the game

All of the gear and all of the game

I wrote this small haiku (is it a haiku?) referring to the optimal state of affairs one would want in game playing; that of having all of the gear and all of the game. For some context, I witness the first sentence all the time throughout my travels:

All of the gear, but none of the game

What does that mean? It means having the tools for the job without knowing how to use them. It means having gadgets without knowing how they are made. It means having all the equipment to play, but having no talent to excel at the game.

Some of the gear, and some of the game

The middle sentence is better, but not optimal. Some of the gear is not enough. You would want to be well equipped. You want the right tools. Indeed, more than ever, we have the right tools. iPhone, laptop, global Internet, free ebooks, free music, free software, free time, free-everything. But you only have some of the game, and some of the gear; Meaning, the tools do not maketh the winning of the game, and your skills are not fully honed. Avoid this situation.

All of the gear and all of the game

The most optimal situation would be having all of the gear and all of the game. But what does 'all of the gear mean?'. If it means having your own collection of tools and equipment to win the game, then this only partially optimal. Having all the gear is having access to other people's gear. It means distributed gear. It means having the bare minimum amount of gear in any given situation to solve any problem at any time. Some ostentatious amount of gear is not enough. It means gear that can be re-purposed and recycled. It means global gear, local gear, and shared gear.

Couple this gear with some game (talent) and a fully honed skillset, and we have a born winner on our hands.