Nobody wants to do that.
Nobody wants to swallow their pride and lose their shortcut to success. To his credit, he agreed with me, and it got me thinking: what do I rely on? Not my gloves or wraps but in life, what do I need?
Do I need constant feedback on facebook for energy? Coffee to make me happy? Compliments to stroke my ego?
In powerlifting competitions, there are often two categories: equipped and raw. Equipped, you lay your wraps and gloves on the table and they say okay, put 'em on. Raw, it's just you and that heavy bar.
Fight the need for equipment and go raw a while. Tell me how it goes.