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Episode-2273- John Pugliano and Jack Spirko on The Richest Man in Babylon

I reached out to expert council member John Pugliano about doing this episode with me.  I feel the biggest weakness in what our young people are not taught today, above all other things how to handle, earn, manage and invest money.   While not the end all be all, I find The Richest Man in Babylon to be one of the best foundations on how to think about money ever written.  John and I break this classic down today using the following outline of some of the main concepts presented in the book.

There are also some surprises in today’s show, a phone call from Patrick Roehrman, the arrival of Nick Ferguson and more.  John and I did this recording at my kitchen table while he was visiting for the 10 Year Anniversary Party.  Lots of other TSP folks were on the way in, so rather than edit out the disruptions we rolled with them.  It makes for a fun show.

SUMMARY: Richest Man in Babylon

5 Laws of Gold (my version: money flows to where it’s treated best)

  • 1. Gold cometh gladly and in increasing quantity to any man who will put by not less than one-tenth of his earnings to create an estate for his future and that of his family.
    • a. A portion is yours to keep.
    • b. 10%….my recommendation is 20% (in modern times, taxes eat up too much real income)
    • c. SAVE before you start to think about investing.
      • i. You can’t take advantage of Opportunity unless you have resources
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  • 2. Gold laboreth diligently and contentedly for the wise owner who finds for it profitable employment, multiplying even as the flocks of the field.
    • a. Money likes to “work” and doesn’t complain about being a “slave”….it works without compensation.
    • b. Money has no mind…YOU must find it profitable employment.
    • c. Magic of compounding interest…money multiplies.
      • i. Law of 72
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  • 3. Gold clingeth to the protection of the cautious owner who invests it under the advice of men wise in its handling.
    • a. Emphasize “protection” & “cautious”.
    • b. Be patient and disciplined….it takes TIME.
    • c. Invest vs Speculate (4th part of my book)
    • d. Seek out wise men…mentors. (take an old guy to lunch)
      • i. Knowledge in a specific field.
      • ii. Ignore ideology or imperfections…avoid Hero Worship
        • e. If times get tough or even if they don’t.
          • i. Plan for prosperity and failure…within your sphere of influence & control.
          • ii. If you have dependents buy term life insurance.
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  • 4. Gold slippeth away from the man who invests it in businesses or purposes with which he is not familiar or which are not approved by those skilled in its keep.
    • a. You have to fix Stupid before you can fix Broke.
    • b. Don’t take advice from Stupid or Broke people.
      • i. Advanced advice: avoid these people all together.
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  • 5. Gold flees the man who would force it to impossible earnings or who followeth the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers or who trusts it to his own inexperience and romantic desires in investment.
    • a. Reality: lots of people are trying to screw you.
    • b. You’re NOT that smart.
    • c. Diversify because you’re going to have LOTS of failures.

Work – The Generator of Weath

  • 1. Wealth comes from work.
  • 2. First learn to work, then learn to have others work for you.
    • a. Start with what you know, where you are.
    • b. Story of Baker looking to buy a slave.
      • i. You can buy your own freedom.
      • ii. Work to acquire experience.
  • 3. Money is your ultimate slave.
    • a. The Boss/Owner has money, the Employee is broke.

Debt – The Enslaver of the Fool

1. Magic of Compounding Interest working against you.
2. Debt is SLAVERY…period.

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Episode-2271- The Most Valuable Skill Most People Are Never Taught

That skill in three words is simply, “how to sell”, simply put, “sales is life and life is sales”.  One huge problem we have in life is people compartmentalize everything.  I.E. “Sales is something sales people do, and I am not a sales person, so I don’t need to worry about it.”

My one word response to this is………BULLSHIT.

Have you ever asked anyone out on a date?  Did you ever interview to get into a school?  Did you ever try out for a team?  Have you ever interviewed for a job?  Did you as a child ever convince your parents to buy you a toy?

Well, sales, sales, sales and sales are what the above items are.

The single most valuable thing I can teach you about sales is what I call an absolute definition of it.  An absolute definition means a simple statement that requires no further explanation and works all the time, every time.  My absolute definition of sales is “a transfer of belief” and lets put it to test with the above questions.

  • Getting a date – you transfer the belief that I am worth spending time with.
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  • Getting into school – you transfer the belief that I will be a good student.
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  • Getting on a team – you transfer the belief that I will be a good player.
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  • Getting a job – you transfer the belief that I will be a good employee.
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  • Getting a child’s toy – you transfer the belief that the toy is worth buying for some reason.

Do you see how simple that really is?  The truth is all of use are natural born sales people, we have something I started calling an “inner salesman” a long time ago.  Sadly for most of us, it is literally beaten out of us by the time we most need it.  Today I am going to put you back in touch with your old friend and tell you how he/she can help you build a better life.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why we are all born knowing how to sell
  • How this basic human ability is suppressed and beaten out of us
  • Why this is the number one reason I say people “hate money”
  • Why everyone needs to ABC (always be celling) all the time
  • Understand that every time you engage in a debate you are selling
  • The most basic of all sales formulas and how it works – the C.A.S.H. method
    • Create at problem
    • Agitate the problem
    • Solve the problem/problems
    • Help the prospect obtain the solution
      • Don’t be afraid to let them do all the work for you
  • The best way to get to a yes is to make it easy to say no
  • Never leave money (aka opportunity) on the table
  • Promise only what you can deliver
  • Close all the loops yourself
  • Ask for what you want, then shut up
  • My keys to success
    • Spend 80% of your time on the best prospects
    • Spend 20% of your time finding more prospects
    • Take as little of the prospects time as you can
    • Tell your prospect why you chose them
    • Be direct about why you are contacting them
    • Make it clear (nicely) that you don’t need them
    • Know your cycle and stick to it
  • It is all back to transfer of belief, and you can’t transfer what you don’t have

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Episode-2261- Getting Kids Excited About Prepping and Learning

Over and over we hear people beating up on the millennial generation, and I am sure it will soon be Generation Z’s time to be beaten up on soon.  I get it, it does bother me when a 19 year old kid doesn’t even know what a ratchet is for instance.  However, how’d they get this way?

We did it!  The last of the Baby Boomers (aka Tweeners) and GenX we did it by not teaching them about, well almost everything.  We pretty much outsourced all learning to the school system.  I mean we came from it, so we know it isn’t great but as many of us were “latch key kids” that raised ourselves we figured it was good enough for us so……

Problem is folks, things like home economics, shop class, etc have largely been removed from our schools.  As have the higher “life meaning” components to things like history and economics.  In other words as lacking as our education was, this young people today have it worse.  They may learn to pass tests but they don’t get taught how to do anything.

So what is the solution, go join the PTA?  Run for the school board?  How about something simpler, be a parent that teachers, trains and spends time with your kids doing cool stuff.  Today I try to give you some ideas for that, that will help kids learn.  The good news is kids actually love learning.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why so many kids weak and uninformed
    • First it is our fault
    • They don’t know pain we have bubble wrapped them
    • They don’t know failure we have insulated them from it
    • They don’t know challenge, we have robbed them of it
    • They have unlimited access to “entertainment”
    • We are in a transitional stage of humanity they are caught in it
  • Some fun stuff to do with kids that teaches them about life and nature
    • Make butter – this is so simple
    • Cook a simple soup with them
    • Teach them to build a fire
    • Make an herbal salve
    • Take short hikes in the woods/nature trails, etc
    • Have occasional “lights out” nights
    • Watch movies and TV shows from your childhood
    • Involve them in a car repair project
    • Put them on an incentive based allowance program
    • Help them create a budget
    • Go to botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, etc.
    • Grow microgreens or do sprouts
    • Build a bug out bag with them and discuss it
    • Involve them in basic pantry planning
    • Do “career research” with a work sheet
    • Teach them basic excel – learn yourself if you don’t have the skill
    • Make your own “MREs”
    • Learn to shoot something, bow/bb gun/slingshot/airsoft/etc.
    • What can you think of?
  • Final thoughts

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Episode-2256- That Which You Can Change

Most people are familiar with “The Serenity Prayer”.  This prayer was actually written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971).  The long version is seldom spoken of and it is much more what you would expect from a truly religious prayer.  You can learn more about that if it interests you here.

The version most know, the one on necklaces, coffee cups and used in many 12 step programs is very simple and yet very profound, even for those like myself or are non religious people, is simply states…

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Like I said this prayer is incredibly well known and even practiced by some atheists who simply remove any higher power from the concept and consider the substance of…

Accept what you can’t change,
and change what you can.

This is the concept that led to Steven Covey’s famous circle of influence vs. your circle of concern.  I was thinking about all this recently and I realized in many instances these two pieces of wisdom often fail to work as a team, because people simply tend to focus on the first, and therefore expect the second to happen.

Such as if you simply stop worrying about or focusing on that which you can’t change, you will only be left with what you can influence, so you will have an impact on those things.  The thing is, that actually does work to a degree and that can be bad.  Why?  It can lead to not doing enough to better your lot in life.

I think the flaw for most people that consider the wisdom and apply it to a degree of simply, accept what you can’t change, and change what you can, is they fail to do enough to even identify “that which can be changed”.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What is “lifestyle design” and why it isn’t boring or tedious
  • What the only alternative to lifestyle design is, and why it is terrifying
  • Influence vs. control and the flaw of not separating the two
  • The wisdom of accepting that which you can’t change
  • The dangers of not identifying that which you can change
  • Seven areas to identify that which can be changed
    • Your approach to other people (social health)
    • Your approach to recreation and fun (emotional health)
    • Your approach to employment or business (productive health)
    • Your approach to knowledge and skill (educational health)
    • Your approach to giving back and charity (contributory health)
    • Your approach to meditation/contemplation/prayer (mental health)
    • Your approach to exercise/diet/activity (phyical health)
    • Your approach to wealth/investing/savings/debt (financial health)
  • The key is knowing
    • What you can vs. can’t change
    • What you should change
    • How you should change it

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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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