“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”

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The quote is from comedian Steven Wright.

Wright is right. Think about it the next time someone says that the path to situational awareness is to see everything.

You know what I mean: “Look for out-of-state license plates.” “What color shoes are the people in the restaurant wearing?” “Do you know how many left handers are in the room?”

The trouble is that it’s not the shoes, or the license plates, which are going to hurt you. And, unless someone postulates a very high correlation between being left-handed and committing crimes against others, whether someone is left handed is probably quite irrelevant too.

You can spend a lot of time on that kind of nonsense.

Here’s the reality: you can’t see everything. You can’t memorize everything. The time and effort you spend in attempting to do so means that you’re too busy to separate what’s important from what’s not — let alone actually thinking about the important stuff.

First, figure out what’s important — what’s likely to hurt you. Then pay as much attention to it as you need to. Keep doing that and ignore the license plates.

– Grant 

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About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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