Episode-1223- Starting the Journey from Grasshopper to Ant (orig epi 298)

Today we dip into the archives again.  Episode 298 was originally published on Oct. 15th, 2009.  By that time the TSP philosophy and components of it like the inverse relationship between impact scale and probability were well fleshed out.

Today will will lay out 20 steps to take as a person who has just decided that it is time “to do something” but isn’t quite sure what that “something” is. Even though today is done with the new person in mind I think it will help everyone sort of recenter on the core of what is the most important things to make sure you have accomplished.

I have also created a special commercial free version of today’s show for sharing with others who you want to get thinking about preparedness. That version can be found on our forum here.

Tune in today as we discuss

  1. Start with the old fable of the grasshopper and the ant
  2. The first thing you do is assess the situation and stay calm
  3. Journal your spending and your eating
  4. Write a plan for debt elimination and begin creating an emergency fund
  5. Put together a basic documentation package
  6. Assemble a BOB for each family member (cheap and fast the first time around)
  7. Inventory your pantry over a week or two (how much food do you have at your low point)
  8. Begin storing up a 30 day supply of food you will eat anyway
  9. Begin assembling a low cost 30 day long term storage supply
  10. Determine where you would go if you had to leave and go at least 50 miles from home
  11. Make plans for how you would help elderly parents or other family members
  12. Update your resume and be prepared to loose your job on any given day
  13. Avoid focusing on any individual coming event or scenario
  14. Plan a garden and start getting ready to plant (depending on the season)
  15. Learn about disaster commonality (it is not about the disaster it is about loss of support systems)
  16. Learn about disaster probability (Personal-Localized-Regional-State-National-Global)
  17. Determine your most probable “personal”, “local” and “regional”
  18. Start window shopping for “country land” or an “urban homestead”
  19. Think of the children, won’t someone please think of the children (seriously think of your children)
  20. Assess your “normal preparations”
  21. Take ownership of your plan and your life

Resources for today’s show…

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10 Responses to Episode-1223- Starting the Journey from Grasshopper to Ant (orig epi 298)

  1. Did I miss step one or did Jack skip it?

  2. Matthew N Gooseneck

    This is a special episode for me. After listening to this episode I decided to start actively prepping. Only two months later I lost my job.
    In those two months I was able to do a lot.
    Food preps help. Budgeting helped. We were already debt free except the mortgage.
    I read and learned a lot about prepping. Now I have a full time job, I will be going to nursing school, we have six months of food storage. We both have awesome term life.

    Thanks Uncle Jack

    • This has always been one of my favorites, I have listened to it several times with different people over the years

  3. Matthew N Gooseneck

    In addition, this episode put me in the right mindset.Having the right mindset was key when I lost my job. I will never forget this episode.

  4. Jack,
    Your picking some good ones. Nice to revisit what got some of us started.

    Nice to beable to listen and re-think things again

    Thanks for all you do!

  5. beewhispererwyosurvival

    I use this whole format that is laid out here in my talks, topic, and home work for my Survival Group here in Wyoming. Great stuff as always brother Jack.

  6. jack-
    id like to have this episode in book form.

  7. This was the first episode I listened to. I remember thinking how simple the lesson of the grasshopper and ant was. I wondered how we (as a people) had forgotten about hard work and preparedness. This one set us on the right path. My husband had been listening for a few months and was trying to get me into it…I’m so glad I listened. Our lives have changed, our debt is gone and I am now able to stay at home with our two boys and build our homestead. Thanks!

  8. “Sooner or later it always rains” – Jack Spirko

    So True!