The Craftsman’s Humility: The Inkleaf Leather Company’s Notebook Cover Giveaway

by A Manly Guest Contributor on October 12, 2010 · 1,384 comments

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Editor’s note: There are few things more manly than the independent craftsman. The Art of Manliness would like to support the independent craftsmen out there by featuring from time to time a man who’s trying to make a living working with his hands. Today we spotlight Jazeps Tenis, who started Inkleaf Leather Co., maker of leather covers for Moleskine and Rhodia notebooks. He has generously not only shared his thoughts on the philosophy of craftsmanship and the story of how he decided to become a craftsman himself, but is also giving away one of his handmade leather notebook covers to a lucky AoM reader. See below for details on the giveaway.

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The Craftsman’s Humility

The path to joy begins in humility.  The arrogant man may mistake power or influence for joy, but he is a builder of invisible empires, an illusion which is upheld only by a persistent act of the will.  The man who works with his hands, however, hasn’t any room for conceit.  The materials with which he works are unsympathetic towards his inflated self-image.  It responds only to skill born upon many hours of practice.  This is the craftsman’s humility.

Not only does this humility produce the foundation for joy and satisfaction in one’s work, but it also teaches us about the temporal nature of things. We begin to appreciate that what we create, even if made to last for a long time, will not last for all time. It is in some respects a reminder of our own mortality. This perspective on the material elements of life focuses us on the personal.

We create and pour our hearts into these things because they are a reflection of us. With everything the craftsman creates, he says, “Here I am.” If a flaw is noticed, is it fixed or hidden? Is proper care given to the details of the work, or is it hastily put together? All of these elements reveal something of the man that made them. They tell a piece of his story. They give him occasion to take pride in what he does, and from that pride comes satisfaction.

The act of working with the hands also makes us more present to ourselves and the world around us. Imagine a reality devoid of sensation. One which had neither sight, nor smell, nor sound, nor taste, nor touch. Now imagine that these sensations not only had been but now were not, but had never been at all. How would you know if you existed? There would be no basis for thought, no means of relating one thing to another. The very notion of existence would be irrelevant. Why is this important? Because we perceive through the mind what we experience through the body.

When our work is unnecessarily abstracted, we become divorced from it and from ourselves. The connections we maintain with our physical selves keep us bound to reality. It is therefore perhaps understandable that with work related depression also comes a lack of sense of self. These ideas of course apply to more than the craftsman. For example, the man in the gym engages with the weights so that he might feel a sense of self in his muscles. Were there no sensation either of tension during the act, nor growth afterwards, it would feel like a futile action.

I had often been told growing up that the surest path to a satisfying life (or at least a secure one) was through a college education. There was an unspoken assertion that to work with one’s hands implied a lack of ability in using one’s mind. While the mind is a wonderful thing, it has always struck me as misguided to separate it from, much less elevate it above, the body. The ideal ought to be cohesion. The craftsman draws upon the abstract capabilities of the mind in pursuit of the concrete realization of his craft. It fuels his creativity and aids him in solving problems. Without it he is an automaton. With it, he is an artisan.

The motives of the craftsman are also one of the primary causes of his joy. There is a Japanese concept called wabi sabi. It means beauty in imperfection. It means not just accepting, but cherishing what is and what will be. The act of recognizing this beauty is a joy unique to the craftsman. When you remove the craftsman from the equation, beauty and perfection look like mass production. You have consistency from one product to the next, but the concerns which motivate their creation are very different. Whereas the business man creates a product in order to maximize profit and is often divorced from its creation, the craftsman has the pleasure of creating something so that it might be excellent in its own right. It is not a means to an end, but an end in itself. The slight variations from one project to the next do not represent a failure on the part of the craftsman, but instead reveal that with each new project the pursuit of perfection begins anew.

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My Path to Becoming a Craftsman

My journey to becoming a craftsman began on the heels of a job loss.  I had been working as a video editor for a small production company.  I took the job right after college and though I began it with great enthusiasm, the tediousness of the work began to dull me inwardly.  It was essentially the same project over and over again with different PR people whose perfectly framed words couldn’t hide an underlying uneasiness and lack of genuine conviction.  Not to mention that sitting at the desk all day had adverse effects on my health and exacerbated an existing condition which though not life-threatening, had been quite severe.

At a certain point, due to a lack of work, my hours were reduced.  I was barely getting by and very much doubted they would return.  Several months later, the job was gone entirely.  Having evaluated the previous years, I knew first of all that I didn’t want a desk job again.  I don’t think humans were made to sit all day.  Second, I knew that I wanted some degree of autonomy.  I had read that at the start of the 20th century that 9 out of 10 men owned their own shop or business.  A man ought to be able to chart his course and follow it.  Lastly, I knew that I wanted to do something meaningful.  I’m sure someone, somewhere convinced themselves that the editing of PR people that I did was valuable, but I’ve never been able to see it.  My work always felt detached from my convictions.  We can only fragment ourselves so much before we are irreparably broken.

As my fiancée, Steffi, and I considered what we would do next, we reflected on how we had both always enjoyed working with our hands.  Had we been born 150 years ago, we might well have been farmers.  The notion of leather working came to us one day while discussing our books.  We threw ourselves into learning the trade, spending thousands of dollars and often working 16 hour days.  We were both delighted.  It felt real and substantial.  Our work mattered.  Just knowing that we were creating something which someone else would use, something which might very well come to be dear to them over time, it made all the difference in the world.

As our skills improved, we began selling our products and doing custom work.  Up until this point, the leather working had largely been a hobby.  Our journal covers started out not because we were looking to create a niche, but simply because I wanted to put some leather on my Moleskine’s.  In August of 2010, we decided to try our hand at doing leather full-time and started Inkleaf Leather Co. We saw an opportunity to reach a broader audience online and that brings us to where we are now, working with our hands and enjoying every minute of it.

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The Inkleaf Co. Leather Notebook Cover Giveaway

We’ve been talking a lot about the manliness of pocket notebooks here on AoM lately. If you’re fond of the Moleskine or Rhodia variety, then enter to win one of Inkleaf’s leather notebook covers. They come in a variety of sizes and colors and are hand cut, hand tooled, hand dyed, hand stitched and hand finished. These leather covers protect your notebook and look handsome. Mmmm, and they smell like leather.

How to Enter the Giveaway

Leave a comment telling us what you use your pocket notebook for.

We’ll randomly select one comment and that man will win a handmade leather notebook cover from Inkleaf Leather Co.

The deadline to enter is Monday, October 18, 2010 at 10:00 CST.

1301 Christopher October 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I use mine to write down various ways to be more manly throughout the day. This includes how to be a better husband, father and friend.

1302 Matt W. October 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I would use it as my next fishing journal. Striper season is upon us in south Jersey and my current journal is just about full.

Matt W.

1303 Clark October 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I carry a pocket Moleskine for general notes, etc. A Moleskine diary in the briefcase to capture the days key events, and a Rhodia DotPad No. 16 for detailed Eng. sketches, and electrical circuiting.
Bottom line: My notebooks have never crashed, needed recharging, or have to be updated everytime I open them.

1304 Ben October 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I started using a notebook because of this site. Now I use it to take notes in class, or throughout my day. It beats taking notes on scraps of paper.

1305 Scott Webb October 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I write in a pocket notebook to remember. Life is too complex to remember everything all the time so by the act of writing it down it helps me to remember and having something written in an easily accessible place lets me never forget.

1306 Louis October 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I use my notebooks for writing poetry, tearing out sheets to write notes for people, quotes, character sketches… the list goes on!

1307 Bill October 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I use my pocket notebook to jot down thoughts as they appear, to take notes when my boss gives me an assignment (it’s also a good way to let the boss know that you’re a serious man), and to track my success with Ben Franlin”s 13 virtues.

1308 John Nadzam October 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I started carrying a small notepad from my job as a machinist during college, I always needed a place to jot numbers, doing quick calculation, convert fractions etc.. The in my job I kept the habit, noting observations, gathering data etc.

1309 Tyler October 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I like to write down ideas, as they come to me throughout the day, for posts on my blog, which deals with political and economic topics.

1310 morbu October 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

On some days, I have a ridiculous amount of output – and since I don’t have a notebook I have to write on beverage coasters, napkins, and, of course, my hand all the time. So it would be great to have this…

1311 Patrick Fisher October 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I always keep a pen within my pocket, as I find myself scribbling down assorted notes throughout my day. These notes consist of varying content, from todo lists, contact information, excerpts from the books I’m currently reading, my own personal thoughts, and a range of other things. While I always have a pen handy, I tend to rely on scraps and bits of paper, old boarding passes (I work for an airline and travel often), napkins, etc. Because of this, I tend to misplace many of the the tidbits of information I take down, and this beautiful notebook would alleviate that problem.

1312 Chris Benson October 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I would use it to write down notes on potential customers, work ideas, etc…

1313 Brian Rubinton October 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Todo lists, project ideas, brainstorming, meeting notes, etc. I do almost everything on paper before I turn to a computer.

1314 Derek Sullivan October 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I always keep a notebook close by to scribble down thoughts about life, lines that I could turn into poems, ideas for a new song, and especially quotes I find from books I’m reading.

1315 Tanner S. October 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm

As I am basically stuck in the ‘dark ages’ of cell phone technology (i.e. I do not have a smartphone) is use my notebook as a substitute. I keep track of things I need to do, shopping lists, ideas or just about anything that might pop into my head worthy of writing down.

1316 Colin October 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I would use it to jot down notes on our upcoming BHS for Vets event. There are some loose ends to tie up and I don’t want to forget anything!

1317 Matt October 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

There were too many times when I had an idea I wanted to remember, or a topic I wanted to question someone on, or a thought that I had to do something. And inevitably these would get forgotten, and intentions would never turn into actions. I started carrying a pocket notebook so that I could scribble the ideas down and not forget ‘em.

1318 Zach October 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I use my field notes for anything I need to write down: ideas, reminders, numbers and lessons I need not forget.

1319 Tom Blanks October 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I use the small notebook everyday in a warehouse environment. I keep track of all incoming and outgoing packages for a small business. It’s handy to have that information without having to go into the offices to pull it up on the computer. It also serves to help me keep track of my personal budget. Usually by the time I fill it up, it looks as if I had shipped it around the world. It looks like you have come up with a great product. I hope you do well with your business.

1320 Jeff October 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I use a Moleskine every day for scheduling and note taking. I usually keep a large size or small size around throughout the day just in case I need to jot something down. Date stamps on the covers make it easy to track down important info later on.

1321 Chase W. October 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Definitely something I could use myself. I go through about three 70-page college ruled notebooks a week for my stories and writing ideas – if I were to use that. Nawh, with that beauty? I’d give it to my grandfather. He likes to draw the wildlife he sees when he sits outside (year round, too) – since he’s getting to the point where he can’t go out and enjoy a hunting trip anymore without worrying about his heart condition.

1322 Greg Aprahamian October 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I would use it for my daily to do list.

1323 Garett October 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I’m also a teacher, and use a pocket notebook to jot down ideas for lessons.

1324 Charles Brewer October 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Appointment book. If it’s lost, I’m lost!

1325 Micah October 16, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I have many hobbies and keep notebooks for a few of them. Music composition ideas go in one, art and design projects in another, and recently I’ve started keeping tasting notes of craft beers and pipe tobacco blends.

1326 Jacob McPherson October 17, 2010 at 1:31 am

I’ve been looking for a good notebook to take to Europe, so that I can do an art and travel journal.

1327 Lou Ayala October 17, 2010 at 2:08 am

After transitioning to a from academia to a private sector job, I found that my time for writing was obviously much more limited. I have taken to carrying a notebook with me as part of my work valise/breifcase. This allows me to jot down notes/ideas/observations throughout the day when a spare minutes pop up (its just not the same typing into a smartphone), and efficiently access them during my twice weekly scheduled writing/researching blocks.

A nice leather cover would help make me look less creepy when I get lost in note taking in a bar/restaurant/public place (as opposed to the dog eared paper notebook).

Thanks for the consideration.

1328 Ben Tuthill October 17, 2010 at 3:28 am

I’m a writer, and I use my notebook whenever I’m on the go, when my roommate kicks me out of my room, or when I just can’t stand to be inside anymore.

1329 Bradley October 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

My pocket notebook is my second brain. I just can’t remember everything on my own these days. Now, what day is it?

1330 Zachary October 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

I am a college student looking for internships/jobs and I’m sure a great looking Notebook cover like this will set a great first impression when i go for Job interviews.

1331 Brian O'Dowd October 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I have been using a pocket notebook for decades, only one at a time for all purposes. So a single page will have a shopping list, a thought, a small drawing or almost anything encountered that day worth joting down. Since reading the original article I will now save the old books something I never did before.

1332 Nikki Cantu October 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I would use this notebook cover to hold my moleskin, it would be awweeesomme!

1333 Mel October 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I use a pocket notebook for sketches, notes, idea development & keeping track of appointments. I like the immediacy of it & prefer it to an electronic device.

1334 Don October 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Just demo-ed my boyhood home in preparation for rebuilding. I’m the GC for the project and a note book would be far more efficient for keeping track of contractors, materials, prices & notes rather than my usual slips of paper.

1335 Tom Kregenbild October 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I use my pocket notebook to write the little things I need to remember in my project.
t is very helpful and I love to look back and see how much I have done already.

Hope to win and I wish every man will follow his career the same way you did.

Thank you for this very nice article.

1336 Dennis Fullalove October 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I use a notebook as a journal. It is with me all the time so I can record ideas that are important to remember, thoughts to explore in more detail later, and lists of suggested books to read, software to explore, things I want to do with my wife and family. The notebook is easy to carry, but it would be nicely protected by this beautiful leather cover.

1337 Caleb Pearson October 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I’m a resident studying at a major hospital in the Southwest. There are ample learning opportunities in my line of work, and I use my notebook daily to jot them down. It could be a summary of a journal article that I find useful, or something one of my attendings said to me in passing. Whatever it is, it’s all written down in my notebook.

1338 Dave October 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I use my notebooks to document my life…to see where I’ve been and where I want to go.

1339 Arthur October 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I use my notebook for journaling. It helps me figure out what I really think about the things that are going on around me.

1340 Baxter October 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I’ve always kept notebooks around.
I keep lists, thoughts, drawings… everything in them.

1341 Harry October 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

At the moment I mainly keep to-do lists and fruit records from the orchard. Also cartoons and quotes and other quick alleviations from the grind.

Thanks for making good things

1342 Erik October 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I tend to use my notebook for jotting down ideas and thoughts that occur to me throughout the day. I also use it as a rudimentary planner.

1343 Mike Lanser October 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

My pocket notebook (or whatever note-taking device I happen to have on hand) is a repository for things I want to remember: a sort of brain extension. Whether it’s an item for my to-do list that’s transferred into another system later, an idea for work, or a concept for a potential blog post, if I don’t record it somehow, I won’t remember it five minutes later (or ever).

1344 Rick October 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I tutor and mentor young people in the Newport area. I start notebooks for each to track their goals, dreams, the things that motivate them and then pass them on so they can continue journaling themselves.

But if lucky enough to receive a notebook cover, I would use it for the core journal I used to to track what I have learned from them, and how I might apply it to the next group of kids.

1345 Michael South October 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I carry my notebook with me everyday as I’m writing a novel.

1346 Israel Thompson October 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I have several notebooks that I use regularly. I keep one for each project that I have both personally and professionally. Recently I have been promoted to a manger position at work and I would love to be able to cover my current daily notebook with something so unique.

1347 Robbie Ellis October 17, 2010 at 11:49 pm

My name is Robbie and I am Planning a Motorcycle trip from Redding Ca to Argentina and back. I am working on starting and NPO for this trip and turning it into an international Ministry to assist and bring aid to others in need. The focus of this trip to bring love and compassion to those without and assist in every way possible. I am currently enrolled in a Ministry school in Redding and am panning to take the things learn and truly help people. Not to suppress or neglect the cultures where they are but to uplift the people in their hearts desires and encourage them to chase after their dreams. This notebook would be put into use when discussing with contacts in Central and South America. And also when we meet to discuss further logistics of the trip when a Laptop isn’t accessible.

1348 Nik October 18, 2010 at 12:07 am

I use my notebook to capture any idea that I think merits future consideration or further contemplation: reflections on the things I read and events in my life, my aspirations, topics for future research, ideas for future writing, etc.

1349 Aylon Pesso October 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

I use my pocket notebook to keep track of important dates and thoughts. Throughout my day I write down significant events that occur, quotes I hear and like, intimidate and long term plans, and any ideas i have for the future.

1350 Michael October 18, 2010 at 12:26 am

As a aspiring writer, thoughts come to me all throughout the day and I usually jot them down on scraps of whatever I have with me. Something of this quality would give more weight to my musings and force me to consider them in a more qualitative light.

1351 Mike October 18, 2010 at 1:37 am

I use moleskine notebooks all the time for notes at work.

1352 Schmidty October 18, 2010 at 3:39 am

If I won I would gift this to my daughter. She is a writer and an artist, and has kept a journal since she was 5. This notebook cover would be so perfect for any of these, and she would treasure it mightily.

1353 Douglas Scarpa October 18, 2010 at 3:59 am

I’m in college right now, so I use my pocket notebook for a variety of things. Grocery lists, assignments, keeping track of absences, etc… I’m a film major and am interested in writing, so I also use it to jot down various ideas in regards to stories, dialogue, lighting setups and shots.

1354 Don October 18, 2010 at 7:28 am

I live in a notebook. As a hospice chaplain/counselor I am one of two men among 45 women. The notebooks record concerns, to-do items, names, and other data helpful in helping the hurting and dying.
As a man in a nurse-driven field, my discipline often suffers from denigration. I strive to dress and act in a manner that elevates the respect for my role. Quality appearance down to professional equipment plays a part in that effort. Tight budgets make this effort even more challenging.

1355 Brent October 18, 2010 at 7:46 am

I keep a number of notebooks, for various reasons. Obviously I keep some with me more than others.

1: Notes on rowing. As a varsity rower in university and also a coach for my highschool, I find it helps to record memories, times, measurements, tactics and more.

2: An aspiring part time writer, I often jot down ideas when they come to my head.

3: I’m not currently doing this, but its something I would consider doing again. I was, until recently, in a serious relationship. Intended to be a gift in the future, I began keeping – essentially – a journal of our relationship. Unfortunately we broke up before I got too far in, but I like the idea.

1356 Chris October 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

My notebook is always with me and gets filled with to-do lists, quotes, sermon notes, phone numbers, and anything else I need to note. It is an unstructured record of my activities and thoughts.

1357 Matthew Tietje October 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

Sermon prep! It’s always nice to have a nice pad of paper to outline thoughts & ideas for Sunday’s sermon.

1358 Michael H October 18, 2010 at 8:33 am

I use my notebook for capturing thoughts, ideas, dreams, and the like. After reading the articles on this site about the virtues of the Moleskine notebook, I tried to convert mine to a full on wallet, but with little success…

1359 Devan D October 18, 2010 at 9:36 am

I will use it to protect my notebooked plans and designs for a re-designed clipper ship, as well as an inventory of the contents necessary to set sail into Bermuda and conquer the triangle.

In the name of manly integrity, I should disclose that this might be an exaggeration. But only MIGHT be…

1360 Chip B. October 18, 2010 at 10:38 am

This notebook would help remind me of my manliness. Great website!

1361 Marc October 18, 2010 at 10:44 am

I use my pocket notebook as a GTD system. With limited success.

1362 Zach October 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

I have been using Moleskine notebooks for a few years now. The best use my notebook got was chronicling my mission trip to Cuba. Capturing thoughts and feelings of a completely different country and the people I met there was absolutely priceless. Lately, I use them to write down ideas for songs/poetry/fiction that I would otherwise forget.

As always I want to remember to bring my notebook with me everywhere, but a nice cover really might do the trick!

1363 Sperling October 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

I use three. In one I write down quotes that I have heard that I want to reflect on or remember. I use the second as a workout log at the gym. And in the third I write myself notes, To Do lists and such…

1364 saeed October 18, 2010 at 11:28 am

I would use it for a mix of business and pleasure.
business as in any important notes about people i need to meet, or upcoming meetings.

and any creative ideas that come to mind during the day. social ideas, as well as scientific or sustainability ideas. songs, images, philosophy. just how i think..and i do a lot of that when im daydreaming

1365 Max Gilbane October 18, 2010 at 11:36 am

I try my best never to leave the house without a small notebook on hand. In an age where everything is digitalized and your iPhone can perform every imaginable task, paper is losing its place on the list of items never to leave the house without. I try my best always to have paper and a pen (not pencil) on hand for a variety of reasons.
I find that I remember things best if I write them down myself, rather than typing them into a program. Additionally, smart phones have yet to come up with a good interface for free-hand drawing, as I find stylus’ quite clumsy and finger drawing worse yet. In addition to spontaneous to-do lists and art, having a notebook can be key for the occasional poetic catharsis or even an impromptu progressive drawing, passed back and forth between several people

1366 August October 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

I’ve been writing in a daily journal for over twenty years. I’ve always liked to have a nice cover that makes the journal not-a-standard notebook, so as not to be confused as a simple”diary”. These are exceptionally handsome covers, and a great website.

1367 Matt October 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I use it as a catch-all for whatever thoughts I have, out and about.

1368 Ted Jones October 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm

If it isn’t too late I would like to enter in the drawing. I would use this notebook as my families “book of thankfulness” we would record prayer requests as a family and then list out how and when the Lord responded. As the years go by we will look back on this book to remember how the Lord has been active in our lives as a time of thankfulness to the Lord.
-Ted Jones

1369 William Hanley October 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I work in architecture so my pocket notebook is handy for quick must not forget notes. I use my large notebook for sketches of building ideas and sections or details.

1370 Philip Vetter October 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I use my pocket notebook for sketching, watercolor painting, and general notes.

1371 Ernie October 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I use my notebook as my anchor of reality in a virtual world. My to-do lists written in it are present, tangible, and unavoidable. I can’t add memory or an external hard drive, so I put thought into the ideas that fill it. I use my notebook as a reminder that I can disconnect and still have so much to do.

1372 Glenn October 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

As a Naval Officer and professional mariner, I always have a notebook with me. Mine contain everything from detailed navigational notes for foriegn harbors to line diagrams for shipboard machinery systems. I’ve carried my various notebooks on six deployments, onboard eight ships, one tour in Iraq, and everywhere in between.

1373 Clayton October 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I’m a sophomore at the University of Indiana, I’m current a Public Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. As a student, member of a fraternity, and an entrepreneur I constantly need reminders My pocket book is anything from business ideas, group meetings, movie ideas, numbers, emails, drawings, and anything school related.

1374 bob October 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I would use it to write down the things I would get in trouble for if I instead spoke them.

1375 Scott M. October 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I use my pocket notebook to jot down various ideas/funny quotes I hear.

1376 Laconis October 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I use my notebook for engineering notes, inspirational quotes, and random musings. The best mind is only as good as it’s documentation process!

1377 Jared October 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

my heroes are the old school explorers: always sketching, measuring, planning, theorizing, etc… in the ever present notebook

1378 Jake October 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I use my pocket notebook to make notes- on things that I find interesting( biking, hiking trails camp sites), important (dates, gifts- Saddleback leather wallet), moral (virtues and instances when a virtue maight be in question) or anything that can make me a better person (eating healthy working out books to read). My goal is to put together a book for my heirs to read and to pick up where I have fallen short. A cross between Stone Wall Jackson’s Maxims and Lord Chesterfield.

1379 Mark October 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I use my notebook to jot down to-do lists, make horrible doodles that amuse me, and it gives me something to put in my front pocket. Every great man needs to own and use some type of ledger consistently.

1380 D. Nelson October 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I write for a living, and burn through several pocket notebooks a year keeping track of daily minutia (todo lists, phone numbers, etc.), legitimate notes for paying projects, the fleeting ideas that will hopefully germinate, and a daily diary of anything that’s worth noting (since I bike to my office and live with a four year old, I seem to see a lot every day, most of it absurd).

1381 Stephen October 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm

It is said that you co not know who you are or what you think until you write it down. I find, time and time again, that this is a very true statement. It’s the reason why I carry small, pocket-sized notebooks with me.

Perfect self-actualization is an impossible task, but intimately understanding one’s own thoughts and motivations is a must in this hectic world. Blogs certainly help (it’s the only reason I maintain one), but there is no substitute for putting pen to paper.

1382 M Ross October 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm

A pocket notebook is the still the best device I know to capture information and thoughts in a timely fashion. I use mine to move my life forward.

1383 Bryan Lee Sammis October 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I use it the way “Indiana”Jones’s dad used his:”I put it in my diary(notebook) so mI don’t have to remember”

1384 Floyd S. October 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I’m a project manager by profession and I’m awalys taking notes. The notebook cover would add a touch of class and add to my personal branding.

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