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Episode-2294- What You Do Matters

I have been working on a new book, it is called “30 Laws of Life”, the catchy marketing strap line has yet to be written.   We have been doing pictures for each of these laws followed by one minute videos on our new Instagram account.

I  have also started getting up early every day and writing the book, one chapter per law.  I am doing about a chapter per every 1-2 days of writing.  Today I completed the draft for chapter six.

Spirko’s sixth law of life is also one of my survival tenets, “what you do matters”.

This will be the subject of today’s show because it is what way to many Americans have forgotten.  This is why people are more concerned over who the next court justice or president is than what happens in their own back yard.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • A quick trip back to 2012 – If I wanted to save America
  • Why I am writing this book
  • These laws are not my laws, they are laws I live by
  • These laws are also natural laws, and what that means
  • The lesson of what you do matters broken down
    • The America of the 1970s compared to 2018
    • What you do doesn’t just affect you, the good and the bad
    • How this law as saved lives and why that is good and bad
    • You are a self learning computer, and you write your own code
    • How this law pertains to your internal mental programming
    • Why there has never been a more powerful time to use this law
  • Since what you do matters, what are you going to do

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Episode-2285- Patrick Roehrman on Escaping the Rat Race


Patrick Roehrman is a welder, carpenter, handyman, homesteader, homeschooler, soaper, lineman, hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman, survivalist, entrepreneur, father of 9, long time TSP Listener, and Jack Spirko’s personal knife maker.

He is also a member of the TSP Expert Council and a regular contributor to the show.  Five years ago we jointly launched his MT Knives Stakeholder Program.  Doing 60,000 dollars in product sales in just under 7 minutes time.

This allowed Patrick to walk away from his career as a lineman but earning a full time living for a family of 11 has had many ups and downs and challenges.  He has now crossed the 5 years barrier, in general most businesses that make it five years become very long term successes.  He joins us today to discuss, 5 Years of self-employment lessons, and how to escape the rat race.

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Episode-2281- James Burnette on Tiny Houses for Survival

James Burnette of SuvivalPunk.com

James Burnette is the founder of Survival Punk.  He has stated that Survivalpunk has become the most important thing in his life and the biggest achievement in his life so far. It has brought him more happiness, more friends, and more fulfillment in my life.

James takes a rational, creative approach to self-reliance, applying a punk DIY ethic to survivalism without any of the fear mongering or “tinfoil hattery” found in some other areas of the survivalist movement.  His site and podcast were inspired strait out of the TSP community.  He even previously visited me at my old homestead in Arkansas.

James joins us today to discuss tiny houses from a survival/prepper angle.  He will discuss how he built his own tiny house and why he chose to do so.  We will talk about how it fits modern survival living and how to do it with a family.  Along with moving one that isn’t on wheels, what did and didn’t work and why you shouldn’t listen to anyone that says is can be done stupid cheap.

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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.

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  • 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”.

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  • 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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