Week 2: Second Gear

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If you’ve ever driven a manual gear vehicle, you start in first gear and work your way through the gears as you gain speed.

It takes but a few seconds to go from first to second and the Master Key Experience seems like that.

When I learned how to drive a stick shift, it was a daunting task trying to remember using the clutch, shifting a gear, and giving enough gas.

I grinded the gears plenty, stalled a few times, and even drove into a ditch when the combination of maneuvers overwhelmed me.

At the start of the second week training, I sort of felt that way with the new tasks being added while remembering I still had to be doing everything taught in the first week.

By the end of the training, I calmed and felt this will not be that bad.

I realized this is all a process. I will grind the gears a few times (my guide says my Definite Major Purpose (DMP) needs refinement). I’ve even forgotten a few lesson items.

As an adult, when has someone been willing to work hand-in-hand with you for six months to guide you to a better you?

I didn’t perfect driving a stick in one day, but I’m good at it now.

So, I’ll take it on past experiences and faith I will do fine if I stick to the process.


  1. David — I love your driving analogies! Again, that VW Bug of mine was also a standard transmission and it really did make me pay attention to the needs of the vehicle as well as my handling of the process. Happy to be on this journey with you.

  2. I’m with Pam that is a perfect analogy and as someone who never really mastered a manual transmission I’m going to keep doing my best to get better everyday and your blog has helped me! Mahalo

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