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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.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • 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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Episode-1933- Austin Martin on Using Digital Business to Build Your Homesteading Life

Austin Martin is a father of 4, small scale farmer, podcaster, Youtuber, and digital entrepreneur (All before turning 30).

Austin spent the first 3 years of his Homesteading life commuting for an hour or more each day, working a job in the construction field. Waking up at 4:30 am to do animal chores, and arriving home after work in the dark, not able to spend time outside with his kids, led him to change his life.

Now he works from his laptop, allowing him the freedom to spend more time with his family and on his homestead.

Today We Discuss…

  • The initial years starting up a farm business while working fulltime
  • Taking advantage of commuting hours
  • Teaching yourself to build websites
  • Growing a side business, a family and a farm all at the same time
  • Making the call in your transition from worker to full time entrepeneur
  • Why a digital business is a great tool to make homesteading dreams come true
  • Multiple digital enterprises you can run digitally to fund your life
  • The base skills you need to become a digital entrepreneur
  • The right starting point as a new digital entepreneur

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Episode-1914- The Challenge of Getting Others on Board with Prepping

Long ago, in fact all the way back in Oct. 8th 2008 I did an episode called Getting Your Spouse On Board with Emergency Survival Planning.  I have been told over the years that it has been very helpful to many about getting spouses (both male and female) on board, so it has served its purpose well.

Recently I have heard from quite a few people dealing with this issue and decided it was time to revisit the subject, I mean it has been 8 years!  I prep today I listened to that show and realized it was very much geared with helping the on board partner talk to the reluctant one.

Today I want to take a slightly different approach and talk directly to the reluctant members of families with one person advocating for more preparedness.  I originally didn’t do this because I felt that the number of reluctant folks who would listen would be low.  While that is still a concern I thought it was worth this approach.

I am also not doing this show today specifically directed at spouses but really to anyone.  This is simply a “why we prep” show but it will address things like reluctant spouses or other family members as well.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why people resist the concept of preparedness
    • The “what could really happen” attitude
    • Because it is uncomfortable to accept that there are dangers
    • Because they think prepping is like the nonsense on TV
    • Because learning and growth can be uncomfortable
    • Fear of what you might have to give up or do without
    • Fear your partner is going to go bat shit crazy with this stuff
  • What basic preparedness is really all about
    • First a few of the results of this show and community
    • Taking care of your family and those you love
    • Improving the quality of your life today
    • Responsible money management, saving and investing
    • Improving knowledge and skills
  • Why women make great preppers when they give it a shot
    • It is motherly to insure the comfort and safety of a family
    • Women tend to focus on “the home” in an inward fashion
    • Women are less distracted by tactical gear, gizmos and guns
    • Women tend to place a high premium on safety
  • Why every family should practice basic preparedness
    • Things do go wrong, in fact they do so often
    • Preparing is easy, regret is difficult
    • When you are prepared you can often help others
    • It will make your life better and your family stronger
  • In the end, this is not about fear, it is about being empowered

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Episode-1912- Richard Hastings of East Texas Aquaponics on Stepping Off the Cliff

Richard on a Rough Day!

Richard spent 26 years as a software engineer in Austin, TX, before he and his family moved four hours away in the summer of 2015 to an area where they didn’t know anyone. They took their 10’th grade daughter, kicking and screaming, from one of the best Government schools in Texas to a totally unknown (to them) small school in a small community.

Since then, they have built a commercial aquaponics system and started to sell into the market. Richard has his PDC from the online Geoff Lawton program in 2014 and has been a listener to the survival podcast since episode 415 and an MSB member for three years.

This is one of those rare shows were I was proactive in asking the guest to fill out a guest survey form.  I happened to connect with Richard after publishing one of my videos on youtube.  It was a small water garden system I was doing and he gave me a link to his set up, I was blown away!  He then told me how long he had been listening to TSP and that we were partly why he had made this life change, so I asked him right away to please come share his story.  Today you will hear that story.  It is pretty awesome.

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Episode-1911- You Have a Duty to Be Prepared

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Preppers, survivalists, call us what you want but the media makes us all out to be tin hat conspiracy theory obsessed loons.  But what if I told you that being prepared is the only responsible action you can take as an adult in the modern world.

If you have a family this should be beyond obvious.   You are responsible for making sure your children are fed, warm and as comfortable as possible in any given circumstances.  If you loved your spouse enough to pledge your life to them, do you owe them the concern for their life long safety and well being as well?

What if you are single, no one to worry about?  Well if you are stranded, stuck, hurt, hungry, fill in the blank in a bad time, you are going to end up using resources that others might need.

The honest truth is we should all see preparedness as a a basic civic responsibility.  I am so sick of hearing how strong America is. It always comes down to our military.  That is like me claiming I am great at football because my favorite team has won 6 Super Bowls, it is just plain stupid.

Our nation is dramatically weak right now.  If we were ever to experience terrorism say the way it was in Northern Ireland during “the troubles”, we would literally shut down.  During super storm Sandy, people in good neighborhoods were dumpster diving for food only 48 hours into the disaster, 48 hours and willing to eat garbage.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Yes you have rights, you also have responsibilities
  • How weak is America today
    • A lesson from the shooting of an Ohio firefighter yesterday
    • What would happen if 2 guys just began starting fires here and there
    • What will our nation look like if 20 million people lose their jobs
    • Imagine how much damage could be done with phyical attacks on the grid
  • The Basics of being prepared…
    • It all starts with a specific mindset
    • Emergency fund, 1000 dollars, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days
    • Black Out Kits and Bug Out Kits
    • A pantry at least 30 Days Deep
    • Water storage
    • Basic first aid kits (home and car) and basic training
    • Some form of back up power and lighting
    • Reserve fuel
    • Emergency Heating Options
    • Documentation and Evacuation Folders
    • Security Protocol and Procedures in Place
    • A Health and Sanitation Plan
    • Materials and Tools for Basic and Emergency Repairs
    • Knowledge and Skills – the most important of them all
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1874- You Might Be an Anarchist If

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Despite this phraseology today’s show isn’t a play on Jeff Foxworthy’s you might be a red neck if.  Today we won’t be either poking fun at anarchists or talking about the things they do and say, as such.  Rather we are going to talk about the core of anarchism and reveal to many who thing anarchism is radical, dangerous, won’t work, etc, that they in fact are at their core already anarchists.

How is this possible?  Well anarchism isn’t a way you vote like democrat, republican or even libertarian, it is a philosophy of morality at its core.  It actually comes down to core beliefs of right and wrong.  Such at taking the legitimate property of another is wrong.  Using force or coercion is wrong, period.

It is a belief that you own yourself, and an acknowledgement that others also own themselves.  My hope is this show will reach many that are currently closed minded to anarchism.  Those who think “that can’t work” or “its never been done”, because frankly it has, you can read about it here.

Beyond that though, humans have been on this planet for a long time.  The oldest human tools date to about 2.4 million years ago and were found in a cave in China.  Even if we shrunk that down to say 200,000 years, the state as a form of control is only about 5000 years old and it wasn’t everywhere at once.  Franky humans have lived as anarchists far longer as a species than we have lived as statists.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why you might be an anarchist and not know it
  • The core beliefs of anarchists
    • Theft is wrong no matter who does it
    • Force is wrong unless it is used in defense
    • People own themselves
    • No person should be forced to participate in anything they don’t want to be part of
  • The pragmatism of the modern anarchist
    • It isn’t going to happen today or next week, or next decade
    • The way you live is what you control
    • Only a goal of no state can ever shrink the state
    • Voluntary associations can exist now, so lets do that
    • If you can solve a problem without the state, do so
    • Technology is our greatest tool for human evolution
  • How becoming an anarchist by choice changes your world view
    • Might no longer makes right
    • War becomes an absolute last resort
    • You stop focusing on things outside of your control
    • You find an “inner peace” not too dissimilar from some religions
    • Your obligations increase they do not decrease
    • You become a systems thinker and solutions orentied
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1846- Jessica Mills on Light Weight Back Packing and Rebooting in Nature

A Long Walk that Ended In Triumph!

A Long Walk that Ended In Triumph!

Jessica “Dixie” Mills competed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in the summer of 2015. She grew up in Opelika, AL helping take care of her much younger siblings and much older grandparents.

After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Biosystems Engineering and minor in Agronomy and Soils, she began a career with NRCS as an Ag Engineer. After a couple years, (what she thought was) a big opportunity was presented to work with Halliburton in Colorado.

After a year and a half of being a prisoner of a big corporation, she decided to reboot. While hiking the AT, she decided upon a fresh new start. Upon completing the hike, she started her own small business and several smaller ventures for a much happier, self-controlled life.

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Episode-1826- Charles the Humble Mechanic on Monetizing YouTube and More

Learn More at Humble Mechanic

Learn More at Humble Mechanic

Charles is a master certified VW technician, or mechanic if you prefer. He has been wrenching on Volkswagen for over a decade. He also runs the video channel Humble Mechanic. A show to help people better understand cars, help new technicians get into the field, and try to give an inside look into the automotive industry.

He joins us today to discuss earning part-time income with a blog and YouTube.

Charles really wants to share his story and help our audience find their own way. He started out not knowing ANYTHING about building a business, blogs, websites, youtube, wordpress, and so on. He simply started from scratch, learning as he went.

Charles is dead serious when he says,  “if I can do it, anyone can”.  In his own journey he has learned that you don’t have to have razor sharp business skills, you just have to work hard, be yourself, and really want to help your audience.

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