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Episode-2070- Challenges In Modern Homesteading and Solutions to Them

Many years ago, I can’t say exactly when but it would have been in the “Jetta Days”, when I still worked a full time job and was running a “regular company”.  So it had to be prior to 2010, I did a podcast on homesteading and said something akin to this….

The modern homesteading movement is here to stay.  Many are comparing it to the quickly passing back to the land movements of various flavors of the 30s, 50s and 70s but this time is different.

This time it won’t stop it will have decades or more of growth behind it, it isn’t a fad this time, no this time it is a return to being human.

I feel the past 6-7 years or whatever it is have proven me right.  Homesteading is more popular than ever, in fact most prepping and survival minded people today are really at heart simply homesteaders.  They run the gamete from urban folks making it happen on a 1/10th of an acre to people returning to large farms and ranches and earning a living with agriculture or agrotourism.

How popular is homesteading today?  Well a google search for the term homesteading brings up 28 million results and a youtube search for said same brings up over a quarter of a million videos.

And even with that the reality is the movement is so much bigger, as people who are homesteading are really more likely to be looking for content on specific subjects, like gardening, canning, aquaponics, plant identification and dozens of other terms.

Entire forms, facebook pages, etc are dedicated to the subject and the movement is attracting people from every part of the political spectrum, every income level and frankly ever race and faith from devote believer to atheist.   As I said, it is a return to being human, something we all need right now.

The focus of today’s show though is with so many interested the challenges are becoming more evident.  Growing up in the 80s I was a homesteader but no one called it that, just like I was a prepper an no one called it that.  Our methods were not the very best but they worked and every old timer knew them and could teach them to young folks.  Those of us that would listen anyway.  Many of us didn’t!

Today we have more options and choices than ever, it also seems we have more challenges and that is what we are going to discuss today, those challenges and ways to overcome them.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How my last two days on my homestead led me to this topic
  • Why I feel homesteading has become so popular and will only get more so
  • Challenges to modern homesteaders and ways to get past them
    • Land Access
      • Use what you have
      • Understand even a half acre can feed you
      • Incorporate a “Hunter Gather” mind set
      • Be patient and “do the work”
    • Government
      • Design around the restrictions
      • Be creative in how you cheat the system
      • Avoid areas of high regulation if you can
      • Work to change regulations (least effective)
    • Knowledge
      • Use the internet (intelligently)
      • Design a system 4 ways before committing to it
      • Start with only one or two things, get them working
      • If you do nothing else with permaculture learn zone thinking
    • Unreasonable Expectations
      • Start out with a modest goal (10% of your food)
      • Be patient, you will get better with time
      • Forget about being “completely self sufficient”
      • Make the journey enjoyable, if you are miserable you are doing it wrong
    • Time
      • Again think in permaculture zones
      • Use automation
      • Perfect a system before adding another
      • Design in seasonal breaks
    • Money
      • Make more, save more, spend less
      • Become an adept scavenger (craigslist FTW)
      • Think maximum ROI starting out
      • Set and stick to a budget
      • Make some of your hobbies pay for themselves
    • Staying Motivated (significant results)
      • Microgreens and baby greens
      • Aquaponics hacks
      • Quail and or Chickens
      • Composting systems
    • Final Thoughts

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Episode-2060- Dealing with Darkness in Our Lives

After covering deeply the suicide texting case yesterday I have realized something I never said that I should have.  That being that suicide is a horrible thing no matter how it happens and it always stems from a darkness that one believes will never end.

I think something that should drive this home is that suicide is the 10 leading cause of death in the United States, averaging over 45,000 people a year.  Conversely about 15,0000 murders occur in our nation every year.  Translation is an average person is 3 times more likely to end their own life, than to be killed by another person.  Given this is The Survival Podcast, I think after over 9 years it is about time we discussed in depth the 10th leading cause of death in our nation.

However, today’s show isn’t only about suicide, it is about depression and darkness both of which often lead to suicide.  Though they quite often lead simply to unfulfilling lives or even shattered lives.  While I am not a professional counselor and nothing I say today should be taken as such, I am going to do my best to discuss dealing with darkness based on my own life experiences.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Why we need to delve into this topic
  • The truth is most people would consider suicide in some circumstance
  • Some of my past I have alluded to but not fully shared on air
  • A friend of mine who I am surprised is actually still around
  • Why people really give up
  • How we can handle the hardship we will all face
  • Once you blame your parents for something, its up to you to fix it
  • How to deal with darkness
    • Develop routine in your life, alter it when needed
    • Develop skills, self educate, etc.
    • Set goals for yourself and make them happen (even small ones)
    • Develop a positive future vision
    • Learn to be happy when you are alone
    • Talk to people, friends, family, etc.
    • Avoid toxic people, friends, family, etc.
    • Don’t conflate responsibility and blame
    • Remember what you really are, spirit
    • Remember that what you do DOES matter
  • Final Thoughts – You Have So Much Opportunity, USE IT

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Episode-2050- A Current Look at the Great Lie of Dichotomy

Occasionally I mention the “false dichotomy” but I have not done a full episode dedicated to it since Episode-874 back in April of 2012.  That is more than 5 years ago!  Since that time many of my positions have evolved but the basic concept of the false dichotomy remains.

I have been thinking about this a lot lately and nothing more clearly illustrates it than this common scenario.  I will post something on say facebook along with my opinion.  In that ONE SAME post upset people will attack me for my view in the comments.  That alone means nothing but here is where it gets interesting.

In that same set of comments I will be called both a

  1.  Liberal democrat snowflake that needs a safe space
  2.  And a hateful conservative republican that is to stupid and greedy to care about people

Or some such version there of!  Isn’t this ironic?  That two people that literally hate each other, will both hate me and accuse me of being the other side that also hates me?  I ask you does this make any logical sense?  No it doesn’t, until you approach the question from the right angle, when we ask why this happens, vs. simply if it makes sense, it actually makes perfect sense.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • The facebook conversation that brought us today’s show
  • How you have been programmed to think this way since birth
  • Why this method of programming is done and why it works so well
  • How we now have the monkeys policing the monkeys but no one even knows why
  • Why most people will never break free of this programming
  • Why breaking free is good but may not seem so at first
  • What good does it do one to break free from the false dichotomy
  • How to spread this type of thinking without making yourself miserable
  • The true freedom that comes from acceptance of this reality
  • Final thoughts on dichotomy and system based control

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Episode-2036- Sean O’Hanlon on Real Life Dystopia

Sean O’Hanlon, twenty-five years old from Maui, Hawaii. Eaglescout, an Associate graduate of Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico Tech and a custom knifemaker.

Up until recently also a live aboard sailor who called the Pacific ocean his home. For two years he and his girlfriend sustained a life off their vessel like a satellite off of the Islands of their upbringing.

Greater economic forces were and still are at play in the state of Hawaii, where housing prices are so competitive local people regularly spend upwards of $1000 per room/month and do not get paid very well.

Sean O’Hanlon has been a fan of TSP since he discovered it in 2011, and with it learned an awful lot about how to live a better life, and times were indeed tough.
Having never owned a boat before, let alone living on one, the couple had to learn everything from scratch. Soon after purchasing the boat they were hit with almost every difficulty the world could throw at them.

Engine failures, electrical shortages, perpetual lack of safe harbor, ripped sails, tropical storms, and even the dangerous waters of bureaucracy (Which is still suspect to be involved in the eventual shipwreck of their home).

They are now moving to a more rural location on a cheaper but underdeveloped Island to start again and build up their custom knife business. They are jump starting their project on Kickstarter.

Sean joins me today to discuss Living in a real life dystopia, being pressured to set off into the unknown, developing creativity and learning to constantly adapt.

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Episode-2032- Planning Your Future When the Future is Uncertain

We talk a lot about what I call “lifestyle design” around here.  When people hear that term they get the general idea, because the words are common.

  • Lifestyle – The way in which a person lives.
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  • Design – Purpose, planning, intention and thought behind an action.

So lifestyle design means to put purpose, planning, intention and thought into how you live your life.  So yep people generally get the basic concept, what people usually struggle with though is designing a lifestyle for today that is resilient for tomorrow.

I think we have all had those moments, we are happy, really happy with our life as it is, then one or two things change and we are off the rails.  Sometimes these are external factors like a job loss.  Other times they are internal factors sticking with employment perhaps we realize we hate our jobs but hey it pays the bills.

Those are only two examples, and no one can plan for everything but today things are even more complicated.  We all know the next few decades will have more flux in them than anything man kind has yet to experience.  AI and automation will replace thousands of jobs, economic reality will be hitting hard for many governments and technology gaps will make finding jobs harder than ever.

Join Me Today to Discuss How to Plan For an Uncertain Future

  • Major shifts are coming in
    • Education
    • Technology
    • Manufacturing
    • Transportation
    • Everything
  • What has always worked will still likely work
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Adaptability and Flexibility
    • Hunting/Gathering/Growing
    • A solid conservative to risk balance
    • Saving
  • The basics of lifestyle design
    • Define the goals
    • Define the steps to get there honestly with yourself
    • Prioritize the steps
    • Begin taking action
  • If it is that simple, why don’t more people do it
    • It requires sacrifice
    • It requires honest with yourself
    • It requires taking responsibility for where you are
    • It requires the courage to do what most wont
  • Final thoughts;

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Episode-2010- Nicole Sauce on Building Local Demand in a Niche Market

Nicole Sauce has had side hustles going her whole life. She developed a love of good food – and great coffee – in the Pacific Northwest. She started her career as a high school teacher, but quickly realized that system was so broken that she needed to do something more meaningful.

After 8 years of executive coaching for expatriates, Nicole discovered a world of libertarian policy think tanks and her life changed. For 13 years, Nicole has worked with policy organizations that seek to make government smaller. However, working in the system against the system accepts their rules. Along the way, she fled the intolerance of Oregon for a more hospitable Tennessee.

Nicole loves showing people how to do forgotten homesteading arts such as canning and preserving, cheese-making, meat processing and more.

For five years, Nicole has roasted coffee and earlier this year she launched the Holler Roast brand alongside her podcast, Living Free in Tennessee. She and her fella run a local tourism focused paper called The Center Hill Sun and a small homestead.   She joins us today to discuss building a local market based niche business.

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Episode-1991- How Preparedness Leads to Liberty

If you go find my TSP forum profile you will see a bit of text that says,

Liberty is precious, fight to keep it!

I guess it is about 8 years since I put those words on my profile and my view of the value of liberty has only increased since that time.  Since day one I have said the real mission of The Survival Podcast is to educate people to the concepts of Self Sufficiency, Self Reliance, Independence and Liberty.  To me those four ideas can’t be separated.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • First let’s define the four pillars of TSP
    • Self Sufficiency – The percentage of your needs met by your own systems
    • Self Reliance – The duration in time you can live well without systems of support
    • Independence – The ability to control your own life on your own terms
    • Liberty – The freedom to fully exercise your independence
  • Why people choose bondage over liberty
    • Programming and conditioning (domestication)
    • Fear
    • Misdirected morality
  • How Preparedness Leads to Liberty
    • It removes fear
    • It directly addresses programming and domestication
    • It requires independent thought
    • It is counter to the norm, and requires action
    • It sooner or later pays off, so you know it works
  • The things we should be taught are our personal responsibility as children
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Finance
    • Health
    • Education
  • Why the system will never take this approach

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Episode-1972- 20 Things Every Child Should Know How To Do By Age 14

I rail on the millennial generation a lot, more accurately I rail on their parents (my generation) for not teaching them life skills and frankly reality.  Well, you can bitch about things or your can provide solutions, and I try to be a solutions guy.

I want to be clear, that these skills alone will not fix the problem, there is a philosophical difference that is a problem as well.  In the generations before parents put themselves where they belonged, at the head of the family. They were first parents and secondly their child’s friend.  I will say a bit on this today, because it needs saying but if you take the path of teaching your kids these skills, perhaps even first learning a few yourself I think you will find you have to do what many parents no longer do, lead.

This is the crux of the problem, our nation is desperately lacking leadership, and we keep looking beyond ourselves for it.  Well trust me when your 12 year old daughter is wielding a Glock or a skill saw, you will see the need for leadership instantly.

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  • Why I chose this topic for today
  • How the mental shift lead to the skills being lost
  • Why we must restore individual leadership in America today
  • My list of 20 things is not the list of “THE 20 THINGS” – this is important
  • 20 things every child should be able to do by age 14
    • Possesses basic economic literacy
    • Be able to teach what they know to others with confidence
    • Be able to identify edible and dangerous plants in their area
    • Grow plants and propagate them
    • Safely use firearms
    • Use basic hand tools (mechanical and wood working)
    • Use basic power tools (drill, saws, etc.)
    • Cook (this doesn’t mean make Kraft mac and cheese)
    • Catch fish local to their area
    • Be able to argue a point with basic logic
    • How to do laundry
    • Self directed learning
    • How to train a dog
    • Basic self defense
    • Basic entrepreneurial thinking
    • How to use a shovel, a hoe, a pick and a rake
    • Start a fire, keep it safe and put it out
    • Repair and maintain a bicycle
    • Practice basic first aid
    • Safely use a ladder
  • Final Thoughts – Don’t like my list, add, subtract, append, make your own

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Episode-1952- Before You Can Follow Your Passion – You Have to Find It

There is a divide among entrepreneurs on whether or now a person should, “follow their passion” in business.  We can table that today though, because whether you do so in business or just in life, I think we can all agree at some point you should fallow you passion.  If not what is the sense of living?

For me this was easy, my passions are and will always be first and foremost my family.  What I do I do to support them first.  But to be a good husband and father, a man must also follow his own path and have joy in his life.  So my other passions are nature, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, growing food, foraging, working with animals, solving problems, cooking and teaching.

And I have always known this, 20 years ago I might have explained it a bit differently but the list would have been the same.  Yet when I talk to many people I realize that often people do not know what their “lifestyle passions” are.  I mean most people are passionate about their family and friends, but when it comes to something of their own they often struggle with nailing it down.

Much like a gifted musician who can’t understand why a student can’t just learn four simple cords in a few minutes, I have always struggled with this concept, how the hell can anyone not know what their passions are.  When you do it, you feel it, you know it, that is why it is a passion!  Given that one of my passions is solving problems, I decided to look into this and today’s show is what I have come up with.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why does this even matter, why is this so important
  • Before we start, a lesson from our friends the dogs
  • Reasons many do not know their passions
    • They have yet to experience it
    • They think it has to be something “big”
    • They misdefine passion
    • They are afraid to admit what they really want
  • Start with what you don’t want, what things do you not want in your life
  • What makes you angry, and of those things which do you have influence over
  • Define your lifestyle goals
    • What things do you do that make you most happy
    • What things do you do that you just don’t want to stop doing
    • If I gave you 10 million dollars, what would you do with it
    • Have you ever had a “personal perfect moment”
    • Pick 20 items to take to prison with you, yes I am serious
    • Who do you see as truly successful and why do you feel that way about them
  • Specific cautions
    • Just because it feels good doesn’t mean it is good for you
    • Just because it works for someone you admire doesn’t mean it will work for you
    • The number one thing separating people from their passions is fear
  • The road map
    • Be Peter Gibbons for a day, take a day and do nothing
    • The next day write an essay, called, “My Perfect Day”
    • Define the lifestyle you want to have
    • Build a path that matches your lifestyle goal as soon as possible
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1947- Spirko’s 12 Rules of Business

Every day I get emails about starting up a business.  Some really concern me because they are like,

“I am thinking of buying 20 acres, my friend recommend your stuff on permaculture and I want to build a permaculture business on my new land.  Do you think it is possible to get to a decent income in two years”.

Whoa!  Shut the front door!  This scares the shit out of me, some guy is going to make a major investment here, I can tell by the email he doesn’t even really know what permaculture is, has no experience farming or ranching and likely no business experience either.

It also isn’t just permaculture all sorts of businesses, I have X idea, this my basic Y plan, do you think it will work.  The only honest answer is I have NO EFFING IDEA.

Let me put it another way, say someone said to you,

“I want to build a full time income podcasting about subject XYZ, not just enough to survive on, but to make a really decent living on.  Do you think my idea will work?”

Now you might think I know this guy Jack, and Jack makes a great income, his show is almost 9 years running now, he does great so, sure it will work.  But you see the other shoes, don’t you about a metric shit ton of them?  Here are a few…

  • Will this guy work as hard as Jack does
  • Is he as good or can he become as good or better on the mic then Jack
  • Will this person effectively market the product
  • Will they develop the necessary technical skills
  • Will they keep up a frequency that engages people long term
  • Will they develop a truly valuable product to sell
  • How committed are they to success
  • Do they even know anything about subject XYZ
  • Will they use drugs and squander initial success
  • Do they have a ficken clue about running a business
  • Is his chosen topic diverse enough

On the last one let me say you have no idea, I was told no way I could do a show a day for very long, see how that worked out right?  In my business I am the key variable and in any business the entrepreneur is the key variable.  This has led me to 12 rules I will discuss today.  Much like my tenets or modern survival they are more how to think rather than what to do, so that you can develop your own plan and strategy and further answer the key question for yourself.

See when you say to me “do you think _____ business will work”, I have no idea but my gut is NO it won’t, no matter how good the idea is.  Why?  Because you are asking the question and you don’t already have your own answer.  So I would say no at that moment, if you plunge into it t that moment you will likely fail.

You should be saying to yourself, “how can I make this idea work”, and when you have answers to that, my opinion won’t mean shit, and when you get to that point, most likely you are going to succeed.

Spirko’s Twelve Rules of Business…

  • You can improvise your way to success but only a plan makes you sustainable
  • Follow your passion but understand passion doesn’t pay the bills
  • No one will ever care about your success more than you
  • Good customers are better than gold, bad customers are cancer – irradiate them
  • If you start saying, “things will pick up” with no plan you will soon be out of business
  • Become a life long student of your subject, but learn by study and application
  • You had better be able to explain your revenue model to a 12 year old
  • Working hard at the wrong things is worse than doing nothing at all
  • If you are talking/marketing/targeting someone disinterested find someone else fast
  • Every business can succeed, and every business can fail
  • A revenue channel or business unit is not a business, only a piece of one
  • Successful marketing is getting others to tell your story for you

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