Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Seven Core Skills of a True Survivalist

Survival isn't something that just takes place in the wilderness or during an extreme emergency. Survival also takes place in everyday life, during good times as well as bad times. There are many, many specific kills that are useful for survival in particular circumstances, but there are seven core skills that any true survivalist needs to master.

1 - Health and fitness is a skill, because it is something that doesn't come naturally, especially in the modern world. Like any skill, it must be learned, and takes time and effort to develop. It can't be bought from Amazon and delivered to your front door the next day, like you could buy your food storage. Developing the skill of health and fitness requires work, sacrifice, and time. Perhaps that is why its still on many preppers' "to do" list, still waiting to be checked off when we finally get around to it. Well, its time to get around to developing this fundamental survival skill.

Need information on healthy living? See my 2016 article Steps to Good Health. You may also find my article from earlier this month, Ways to Improve Your Health and Fitness for Free!, to be useful.

2 - Self-reliance is an attitude put into action, thereby becoming a skill. Like the skill of health and fitness, self-reliance doesn't come naturally for most people today (in fact, modern society is intentionally set up to discourage self-reliance, but that is a discussion for another article). Self-reliance must be learned, and takes time and effort to develop. I've previously identified these key components to self-reliance:
  • Assume responsibility for your own life.
  • Take the blame for your own life.
  • Be informed.
  • Know where your going.
  • Make your own decisions.
  • Know where your going.
  • Learn skills.
  • Gain experience.

For a deeper discussion of self-reliance, see my article from last year, What Exactly is Self-Reliance? 

3-  Problem-solving is a series of closely related skills, and flows out of our self-reliance. This means if we don't develop our self-reliance, we'll never become a good problem-solver. Problem-solving means recognizing when a problem exists, taking on the responsibility to solve the problem yourself (not waiting for someone else to solve it), analyzing the problem to understand what is really wrong and what needs to be done to fix it, and then actually doing your part to fix it. Fixing the problem usually entails using previously developed skills and/or learning new skills.

4 - Situational Awareness is another skill that doesn't come naturally because modern civilization has made us used to being relatively safe as we go about our day-to-day lives. We depend on the government, laws, and societal norms to keep us safe. We expect the police and other "authorities" to be only moments away, waiting to rush to our rescue should we need them. But this is largely an illusion. The world is a dangerous place, and situational awareness will help us to safely navigate it. 

Situational awareness is much more than just paying attention to what is going on around us, although that is an important starting point. It means paying attention, knowing what to look for, and knowing how to assess (make decisions about) your surroundings. 

For a complete explanation, read my article on Situational Awareness and the OODA Loop, which has been described as "the best guide to situational awareness available on the Internet" (excuse my shameless plug).

5 - Self-Defense, as well as the tools used for self-defense, is an unalienable right, a Biblical concept, and guaranteed by the US Constitution. We have the absolute right to defend ourselves and others from unprovoked violence and aggression. But, to do so successfully, we must learn how. Self-defense, both in both its lethal and non-lethal forms, is an important core skill we must learn and develop. 

You may be interested in reading my statement on Self-Defense and the Use of Force.

6 - Financial Management is a basic skill needed in our everyday lives, but it is one that is rarely taught and therefore is missing from most people's skill sets. A broad topic, financial management includes living within our means, controlling our impulses, being employable, goal setting, budgeting, avoiding and/or getting out of debt, developing an emergency fund, saving for retirement, saving for major expenses, and generally managing our money to best benefit us and our families. It doesn't just include dealing with money, but all forms of wealth, which could include our homes, land, businesses, food, and supplies. 

I written many articles on financial management over the years, so just scroll through this website to find those that interest you. My most recent money article is Tips To Get Ready for the Next Great Recession, which I believe is only a couple of years away.

7 - Soft Skills are often overlooked, but can be extremely important for survival. Soft skills are general skills that are often seen as part of our personality, and as such are typically self-learned without realizing it while we are growing up. Examples include communication skills, team work, creativity, and getting along with others, but there are many others. Although typically learned while growing up, they can be developed as adults. 

See my article Soft Skills Preppers Need to Develop for more on this topic.

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1 comment:

  1. My thoughts on prepper skills

    General Prepper Skills:
    1) Problem solving techniques and skills
    2) JOAT - Jack of all trades & common sense
    3) Situational awareness/ scouting/ resource evaluation/ safe haven recognition
    4) Money management (so you have the money to get/make the preps)
    5) Shopping expertise (including internet searches)(to get the best values)
    6) Communications skills (particularly information gathering & analysis, reading people)
    7) Fire materials acquisition/ fire starting/ fire maintenance/ extinguishing fires
    8) Water acquisition/ carry/ storage/ purification
    9) Food procurement/ carry/ preservation/ storage/ preparation
    10) Weather forecasting and tracking
    11) Personal defense/ E&E/ un-armed defense/ expedient weapons/ firearms skills

    Skills important to get ready for an Apocalypse:
    1) Historian (so you know what can happen)
    2) Short range planning (so you can decide what to do first)
    3) Long range planning (to follow through on the goals of short range planning)
    4) The art of misdirection (so people do not know what you are doing)
    5) Stealth/ gray man/ role camouflage
    6) Trade/Barter skills including the ability to evaluate livestock and other goods

    Skills important to get through an Apocalypse:
    1) Personal communications skills (to talk your way out of trouble and maintain peace in a shelter environment)
    2) Driving skills (to get away if needed and to use non-roadway routes)
    3) Physical skills (walking/ running/ biking to get away if vehicles are not available)
    4) Combat skills (to fight your way through if necessary or defend your home/BOL)
    5) Medical skills (triage/ first-aid/ secondary aid/ nursing/ to manage injuries if they occur during the timeframe of the Apocalypse)
    6) Camouflage skills (to hide yourself or things when necessary)
    7) Decision making skills (so you can choose the right thing to do)
    8) Communication equipment skills (to get & disseminate information from/to others)

    Skills important to survive in a Post Apocalyptic World:
    1) Personal communications skills (to keep you out of trouble & maintain peace)
    2) Combat skills (to hold onto what you survived with)
    3) Cooking with stored foods skills (so you can use your food preps)
    4) Gardening skills (to supplement and eventually replace stored foods)
    5) Animal husbandry skills (for food animals to supplement & replace stored foods)
    6) Cotton picking/wool shearing skills (to get the raw materials for cloth)
    7) Spinning and weaving skills (to make the cloth needed for clothing, etc.)
    8) Sewing skills (to make the clothing from the home spun fabric)
    9) Building trades skills (to maintain, repair, and improve structures of the home/BOL)
    10) Bartering/trading skills (to obtain items you want/need using items you do have)
    11) Communication equipment skills (for information, security, & community aid)
    12) Road maintenance and building skills (to keep travel routes open)

    Just my opinion.


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