What a pork tenderloin and a steel grate taught me about having the right tools.

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A few months ago I discovered a delicious way to cook a pork tenderloin and cook it every few weeks or so. You cook the 1 1/2 to 2-pound tenderloin in the oven on a stainless steel grate resting on a broiling pan. It takes about 30 minutes or so at 500 degrees. I usually add garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, and lately some peanut oil. It’s pretty yummy, even my 2 and 4-year-olds like it!

Tonight when I was cleaning the grate, nothing was coming off. I tried soap, hot water, cold water, scrubbing, etc. When I realized my solution was under the sink. I reached for the steel wool and went at it, within just a couple of minutes the grate was cleaner than I’d ever seen before!

When you think about it, the steel wool is the perfect tool to clean that stainless steel grate. Nothing else was doing the job well, even if it did clean the grate it took forever. When I find a tool that works for any job, it is so rewarding and motivates me to keep going and I usually find myself doing more work and a better job than I even intended.

This got me thinking. What tools do I need to become a better employee? A better parent? A better husband? Take care of my home? This silly little experience with the steel wool helped me to realize it’s worth it to find the right tool. I like to think I’m clever and can MacGyver something but reality is, I’m usually wasting time and effort.

How about you? What are you stumbling and fumbling about with when you could just get the perfect tool to help you get the job done right? What can you buy, what course can you take, who could you talk to? If there is something out there that will help you be better at whatever you’re trying to do, go get it! Buy it, learn it, call the person, take the course, make the effort, it’s worth it.

Why make this harder on ourselves than we have to? If you have been hesitant to get started on something, maybe it’s not about you, it’s the missing tool and that’s what you need to make it all work.

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