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Episode-2235- Total Freedom Though Honest Personal Branding

I don’t talk about it much but I am told oh 20 times a month on average things like,

  • I am doing it wrong (as in this show)
  • Someone is going to contact my sponsors to tell them I am offensive
  • If I continue to do things this way it will be “the end of TSP”
  • I need to think like Reagan and build a “bigger tent”
  • Get this one, “I have a public responsibility to make TSP more listener friendly”
  • Oh and it just goes on and on and on and on

The real irony is when some dip shit gets offended, tells me off and I tell them to go screw and they say something like, “wow what happened to you, this isn’t like you”.  I am very tempted to ask these people what the hell they are smoking and could I please have some.

Take a look at our disclaimers and policies page, the current version of this page was published on 1-1-11, hey I like numeric patterns.  One of the most recent pathetic mental breakdowns was from Episode 2223, where I used the “F word” about a dozen or so times to drive home the point about how schools are creating these school shootings and the fact that 5,000 youths a year kill themselves and over 30,000 attempt suicide.  Now pardon my view but if there was ever a place for the F word, that is it!

That said I generally don’t use that word on the air, so when I did I did the following…

  1. Marked the episode explicit
  2. Announced on air that it was coming and to skip ahead if you didn’t want to hear it

Now keep in mind in my disclaimers it says among other things, the following and has since January of 2011, which is seven years ago!

“We believe in freedom here, if you choose to listen to our show you do so as a free human being on planet earth and therefore we are not responsible for any “mental anguish”, “mental trauma”, “feeling of being offended” or any other emotional problems that you get from doing so.”

I have to say that is about as honest and clear cut as it can be!  The beauty though of always being yourself is when such assclowns attempt to harm you, all they can really do is build you up, and that is the magic of building honest personal brand.  The key word there is honest!  Anyway since I am going to be gone until the 25th on vacation after today I thought may be we could have a fun show and one that can change your life if you choose to act on it.

Join In Today to Hear…

  • The two recent incidents that inspired today’s show
  • The reason I even use “vulgar words” on the air
  • I am not saying to be like me, or anyone else
  • Understanding what a niche is today vs. in say 1990
  • Why the last thing on want today is a “bigger tent”
  • The 1,000 true fans model is for everyone
  • The difference between true fans and “fanboys”
  • The harsh reality, time not money is the most valuable online commidity
  • Here is everything you really need to know about business
    • There are only two types of products
      • Needed
      • Wanted
    • All products are one of three things for customers
      • Entertaining
      • Profit Yielding
      • Life Changing
      • When you have all three it is the Golden Trifecta
    • Everything you need to know about marketing in two phrases
      • Marketing is telling your story
      • Effective marketing is getting other to tell your story
    • Everything you need to know about sales
      • Make it easy to buy from you
      • You are selling more than products and services
      • You are always selling, whether you think so or not
  • In the end, there has never been a better time or one with more opportunity than today

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Episode-2232- Gary Collins on The Simple Life Series

Gary Collins, MS was raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a remote part of California. Gary enjoyed, and considers himself lucky to have grown up in a very small town experiencing fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors from a very young age.

He has been involved in organized sports, nutrition, and fitness for almost four decades. He is also an active follower and teacher of the self-reliant/survivalist/off the grid lifestyle.

After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent.

His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.

It can be safely said no one in the health and fitness industry has the inside knowledge and background that Collins has. He is a hybrid of a high intensity health expert, self sufficiency advocate and an investigator rolled into one.

Gary now lives off-the-grid part of the year in a remote area of NE Washington State, and the other part of year exploring in his travel trailer with his trusty black lab Barney.

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Episode-2205- Modern Homesteading as Modern Survival Living

Today’s show discusses the concept of homesteading as a lifestyle design component and how that relates to preparedness.  On the surface this seems obvious enough, most homesteaders grow food, food is a key component of survival so isn’t that enough.  Well, I actually do think free high quality food from your back yard is enough, but that don’t mean it is all that you get from homesteading.

Also today while I am not specifically talking about “urban homesteading” I am really going to confine my dicussion to things that will by and large work anywhere that you have even a typical postage stamp sized lawn.  That said I can’t make your spouse agree or your HOA blue hairs go away.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • One of the original TSP core concepts from home to homestead
  • Some methods of food production and the good, bad and ugly about them
    • Basic gardening
    • Edible landscaping
    • Aquaponics
    • Green house growing
    • Poultry
    • Rabbits
  • Expanding beyond your property
    • Foraging
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Barter
  • Thoughts on preservation techniques
    • Blanch and freeze
    • Dehydration
    • Pickling with vinegar
    • Canning
    • Lactofermentation
    • Smoking and curing
    • All things with alcohol
  • The economics involved
    • Can you produce something for a strait profit
    • How much money do you save
    • How does it increase your property value
    • What is the value of the lifestyle and education
  • Why has homesteading grown so much in the last ten years
    • The internet
    • It works
    • People share food
    • It is in our nation to be horticultural beings

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Episode-2186- Homesteading, Side Hustles and More

The sent of Autumn Olive in bloom, is one of those homestead rewards, that must be experienced to be understood.

The sent of Autumn Olive in bloom, is one of those homestead rewards, that must be experienced to be understood.

So I jumped on Zello today to get some potential show topics, and the dominant vein was homesteading, finding a homestead and making it profitable in some way seemed to be the common denominator, so I am going to try to make a show about both of those things today.

Homesteading is a dream for many in the community, so I want to start out with a simple concept, “grow where you are planted”, there are some amazing examples of urban homesteading out there.

Additionally think long and hard about being “way out there” if you want to have some sort of revenue generating activity on your homestead.  That usually requires other people, so unless your product/service is easily delivered across great distances being somewhere near other people, is a great idea.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What actually makes a home, into a homestead
  • What are the characteristics of a good homestead location
    • Freedom – as you define it
    • Climate – as you like it
    • Value – solid investments have exit strategies
    • Size – farms are not homesteads, remember that, an acre can wear you out
    • Remember the permaculture lens, water, access, structure
    • Neighbors – will they be a bother, can they be, see item one
    • Opportunity – for that day job, for your kids, spouse, etc.
  • Before we side hustle, may be we should self hustle
    • Grow what you can use or store, not much more
    • Determine all local resources that you can hunt/gather
    • Develop a lifestyle that maximizes your life, minimizes your costs
    • Automate, automate, automate
    • Go slow, one or two projects at a time, less done right is better than more done wrong
  • Some side hustle opportunities and how to think about them
    • Remember that we are outside the system, aka, agorists
    • Sometimes it is okay to loose money, usually it isn’t
    • Defining the goals of your side hustle/s
      • What to do with a butt load of hot peppers
      • Thoughts on livestock, eggs, etc.
      • Granddaddy made shine and Buddy Shoemaker made wine
      • If you are gonna grow crops, grow a specialty crop
      • Vacation cabins – solid idea!
      • Selling fertility
      • Plant propagation
      • Workshops – not as easy as everyone thinks
      • Crafting – build only what you can sell, use or use to sell
      • Bees – bugs are worth more than honey
  • Final thoughts

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Episode-2180- Growing Children in the Garden

No we won’t be talking about planting little Timmy and little Tammy seeds in the garden but rather how gardening can plant seeds of knowledge, compassion, resiliency and skills in our children.  One of my true heroes in the world is Geoff Lawton and Geoff made a statement that sounds almost absurd in some ways…

All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden!

Even I balked a bit at that statement at first, then stepped back and said well, metaphorically is how he means it.  But I realized when I looked at how he said it, he was dead serious.  So I stepped way back and said, is this statement true.

When I did so I realized you had to look at it though the right lens.  No one thing is generally sufficient to fix any major problem, so a true solution is one that sets things in motion.  It is that initial motion that creates inertia and that provides an opportunity for more things to be done, and in the end the problem is solved or mitigated as much as can be done at the time.  So true solutions are the catalyst, the spark of a solution, that create something akin to a trophic cascade.

What is a trophic cascade, it is when a small change creates powerful indirect interactions that can control or change entire ecosystems.  A classic example is how the reintroduction of wolves changed the course of rivers in Yellowstone.

So today we will ask the question, if a few packs of wolves can cause life to explode and a river to moderate and change its course, what might be the effect of teaching our children, how to do something as simple as grow a garden.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Can we really solve the word’s problem with a garden
  • What is a trophic cascade and how can we hope to create one
  • What happens when a child learns about gardening
    • They learn patience
    • They learn actions have concequences
    • They learn to feed themselves and others
    • They learn to recognize patterns
    • They learn to solve problems
    • They learn the value of hard work
    • They learn that all living things have a place in our world
    • They learn that everything in life is a cycle
    • They learn that some things are beyond your control
    • They learn to teach
    • They learn how to find answers from elders, literature, etc.
    • They learn a hundred more things
  • How can this create a trophic cascade?
  • The difference between solving a problem and setting a solution in motion

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Episode-2166- A New Look at Lifestyle Design

I got an email today that went like this about how one listener is using permaculture design to not just redesign his property but his life and health.   The abbreviated version is he was taking his “personal time” in the evenings.  That led to drinking too much, not enough time with the family, eating junk food, etc.

The solution as always is dramatically simple, he simply started getting up earlier and using the early AM for his personal time.  Instead of junk food his personal time is now full of getting shit done, and that alone time we all need as well.  The evening now are spent with family.

This is one of those easy changes that seems hard at first.  Its 0430 you don’t HAVE to get up for two more hours, it seems so hard.  But thanks to our friend circadian rhythm, do it for a few days and it gets easier and easier.

Today we look at many such changes and ways we can make our life run better.  Oh and this is a survival topic, the number one killer in America is stress.  Heart disease, cancer, etc. are all made worse by stress, not to mention in the end what destroys families always finds its roots in stress as well.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The full email that sparked this show
  • Fifteen simple steps to a better designed life
    • Take a “Fakeation” once a month or at least once a quarter
    • Create lists based on priority, cross things off daily
    • Create some sort of prayer/meditation time in your life
    • Do some things ritualistically (on schedule), it doesn’t matter what
    • Get some sort of a “pure hobby” into your life
    • Maintain circadian rhythm even on days you “sleep in”
    • Cook something totally new and different at least twice a month
    • Strive for “location independence” as a goal
    • Have teachers and students in your life (the best people are both)
    • Journal and go back and read what you wrote
    • Take walks, especially off the pavement but anywhere
    • Spend time with dogs, yes I am serious
    • If something truly makes you unhappy, fix it or dump it
    • Plan some stuff well in advance just to look forward to it
    • Learn to DO something new frequently
  • Final thoughts

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Episode-2162- Can Anyone Be an Entrepreneur – It Depends

I recently got this question and realized at once this was a show topic not a show segment.  It is a complex question and like most such questions the answer is, it depends.

Let’s look at some other seemingly simple questions on the topic to start peeling the onion as it were.  How about this?  Is being an entrepreneur hard?  Well it also depends, on many things like.  How large do you want the business to be? What experience do you have?  How gifted are you?  Is this a side hustle or a full time business?

Now that should start to paint a picture for you, the answer to “can anyone be an entrepreneur”, is a definite yes with a lot of caveats.  Let’s answer a similar question to see how this works.  How about, can anyone be a basketball player?  The answer is clearly yes isn’t it, there is even wheelchair basketball leagues.  I would say if you can move and use your arms you can be a basketball player.

But can anyone be an NBA basketball player?  Can anyone be good enough to play college ball?  Can anyone and everyone make the high school team?  We can easily answer that with no, no and no.  There are only so many spots at that level and talent decides who gets them.

But anyone can get some buddies together and start an after work league, if you play basketball you are a “basketball player”, right?  With entrepreneurship there are even more opportunities, there are niches upon niches within other niches.  So the question isn’t can you be an entrepreneur, rather these questions you must answer to determine your path…

  • Do you want to be an entrepreneur?
  • Do you have any specialized knowledge or skills?
  • Do you have or are you willing to create the necessary time?
  • Is there something you are passionate about that you can leverage?
  • If you can’t do what you are passionate about right now, are you willing to do something to simply learn and earn?
  • What sacrifices are required and are you willing to make them?
  • How would you define success in your venture?
  • Does/will your family support you in this effort?
  • How badly do you want it compared to what you will get if you succeed?
  • Are you kidding yourself?  (mental masturbation)
  • Why are you not already doing this?

Today I will discuss these questions and ideas and concepts around them.  I will not answer them though for anyone other than myself.  I am not the guy who tells you to stand in front of a mirror and say, “I’m great, I’m wonderful and everybody likes me“.  Rather I attempt to give you a way to examine a path for yourself and determine if it is the right path for you.

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Episode-2143- Mark Herr from The Center for Self Governance

Mark Herr, Sr. is a U.S. Air Force retiree and holds a masters degree in business administration and is the president, co- founder, and Instruction Development Director for The Center for Self Governance, (CSG) a training institution specifically for citizens to teach how to exercise their civic authority, how to leverage self-governance, and how to hold local, state, and federal elected officials accountable.

At CSG, Mark researches and studies human governments, social tensions and stabilization theories. His innovations in and experimentation with social stabilization theory is hailed as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘cutting-edge’.

Since 2011, he travels non-stop nationwide training, coaching, and mentoring CSG Trainees in the application of these theories. It is his hope that CSG will deeply cement the science and application of self-governance into the U.S. culture for generations to come.

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Episode-2139- Ryan Mitchell on Tiny Houses as a Step to Debt Free Living

A published author, full time blogger, and entrepreneur; Ryan Mitchell has been building exciting things all his life. His entrepreneurial ventures have been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Associated Press, and many other outlets.

In 2009 he started TheTinyLife.com where he documented his journey to tiny house living and a debt free life. He published the number one selling tiny house book to date and has been living in his tiny house full time for over 4 years.

In 2015 he continued his entrepreneurial endeavors and founded Advent Coworking, where he built a community of like-minded entrepreneurs in a coworking setting. After being named the number one coworking space in Charlotte, NC three times in a row, he sold the venture to pursue new endeavors.

Ryan joins us today to discuss Tiny Houses as a step in an integrated plan to attain a debt free lifestyle along with self-employment as an entrepreneur.

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Episode-2134- Choosing Excitement and Abundance over Gloom and Doom

Given this will be the last “Just Jack Show” of 2017 I figured we should end on a positive note.  Preppers are often cast as the doomsday bunker type by many, not just the Hollywood crowd.  I remember not long ago a guy saw one of my TSP T-shirts at a local store, he said, so you are a prepper?  My response was, I sure am.

His next question was, “so when do you think its gonna happen”?  I knew what he meant but replied with, “when whats gonna happen”?  He responded with, “you know, it”?  I looked at him like he was crazy, he kinda was and say, “it what”?  Then he let it out, quietly of course looking around to make sure no spies were listening, “the big one, the collapse, when the entire thing crashes to the ground”.

I explained that is now what we do, he explained that he had started watching shows about stuff and was very concerned by hadn’t actually done anything about it yet.  I gave him the website address and went on with my day.  Such is the misunderstood life of a modern survivalist.   The reality is the true modern survivalist should be among the happiest and most optimistic people on the planet.

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  • A reminder about Liberty Forum
  • My thoughts on the Bitcoin ceiling and how it will be smashed
  • Why despite how screwed up things are, this is a great time to be alive
  • Just some of the reasons anyone can build resilience today
    • Building a business
    • Knowledge is practically free
    • Almost everything you need is “cheap”
    • There is a community for everything
  • On the other side of things what is your alternative
    • Bitch about problems?
    • Hope someone else will “fix it”?
    • Hold your breath and wait?
    • Blame others?
  • Why following  your passion really is great advice no matter what anyone says
  • What will you do in 2018?

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