A red pen for markup.

When you’re stuck in deliberation for what tools you need for the task at hand, it’s always good to consider that the world’s most complicated computer, the world’s fastest car, and the world’s tallest building likely all had engineering blueprints and schematics that were reviewed and checked with a red pen for markup.

The red pen isn’t a complex tool. It doesn’t cost a lot of money. It isn’t smart on it’s own. The person wielding the red pen is the one with the insight and the skill to make things better.

You are the intelligence. You are the skills. You are the leader, not the tool. The tool may make it easier to get the results you desire, but in most circumstances, your skill will lead to the results more than the tool.