Tool IQ

Tom Leu


In the very popular Tool Time series (pats self on back), I call out the nine parts of the “RPM” approach to avoid being a “tool” most of the time. Here is a self-survey to assess your potential toolness. Answer YES or NO to each statement below based on if it rings true for you. honestly and quickly. Score yourself at the bottom. If your results are surprising or disappointing, revisit Tool Time Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 ongoing as needed for a refresher.


  1. I rarely consider, or give much credence to the point-of-view of anyone other than myself.
  2. I’m usually right about most things the vast majority of the time.
  3. If I feel strongly about it, it must be right and true regardless of any facts to the contrary.
  4. I don’t hesitate to tell people exactly how I feel, when I’m feeling it because I don’t mince words. I’ve always been this way, and that’s just the way I am. Deal with it.
  5. I believe that if “I’ve always been this way,” then I will always be this way and “that’s just the way I am,” so there’s no point or possibility of changing anything about me.
  6. That which I don’t fully understand must be inferior, if not outright wrong, bad, and/or fucking bullshit.
  7. I frequently feel that the world is full of goddamn idiots with the exception of me and a few of my close friends and family.
  8. My communication skills don’t need improvement. I’ve got all the “soft skills” down pat. I’m good to go. Next…
  9. I will rain on other people’s parades if their accomplishments or achievements infringe on my self-esteem, or threaten my fragile ego in any way, shape, or form.
  10. I often assume that if it’s important to me, then it should be equally important to you. If it’s not, then you’re a jackass.
  11. I don’t care what anyone else thinks of me, and frequently say so.
  12. This post and this list is fucking stupid and pisses me off.


Total your number of YES responses and divide it by your chronological age, and then multiply by 100. This is your Tool IQ number. Scale = the lower the number, the less of a Tool you are. The higher the number, the more of a Tool you are. The scale skews down the older you are. For example, if you answer 8 of 12 YES, your Tool IQ will be mathematically higher the younger your chronological age. The math correlates because the logic is simple: a younger chronological age combined with a higher frequency of YES responses, yields a higher Tool IQ score. This rings true because the younger you are, the more of a Tool you are for already being that way so fucking young.

If you answered Yes to even one of the above, you show “Tool” tendencies. Knock it the fuck off, and revisit the Tool Time Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 posts ongoing as needed.

Agree or disagree; just no apathy.

Stay tuned-in…

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