I will purchase a copy [of Making the Best of Basics], but not at this moment…I have been a business continuity/disaster recovery professional for the last 10 years, and a prepared outdoors man about 40 years…I am in the midst of starting an emergency preparedness company, and have to sort through the knowledge base I already have accumulated before adding to it.
I appreciate your enthusiasm, and share it, so if you have any other tips or advise beyond the book, I welcome your wisdom.
Doctor Prepper responds:
I’ve really struggled for a response to your letter. I appreciate all you’ve done in your life to train and become capable of preparedness and self-reliance for yourself and for instructing others.
I chose long ago to view emergency preparedness as a short-term defensive lifestyle–driven by worry and fear. I prefer the [long-term] offensive position of determining how to prepare for the 95%+ of the natural, people-caused, and personal disasters and emergencies that could happen to me, and living the lifestyle that prepares me to a level of dealing with them in advance.
I know most assuredly that if one lives properly prepared, then emergencies are minor inconveniences–except for the major catastrophes over which no one has control. That comes from accepting that we are not in control of this universe–and never will be. i have planned as best I can for the worst that can happen (I’m my own insurance agent and I’m self-insured), I hope for the best to result from my preparations, and I am prepared to deal with whatever comes over my horizon.
The last sentence in your letter is the one I am dealing with–If I knew more than I wrote in my current book, I would be writing a new book to share with all whom I could reach! On my radio talk show I often interview very knowledgeable people with different and varying ideas, opinions, and knowledge–which often exceeds what I’ve learned. I admit some of it is interesting, even sometimes “new,” but generally the information is based on slants and technological improvements. I’ve so much to learn and put into practice–we all seem to know more than we do!
As you transition from your previous life, you will appreciate the differences between what you learned and practiced in your “real” world and the new “real” world in which you will be operating.
Knowledge I’ve gained is from experiences I’ve had. Wisdom–ah, that’s something I’m working on!
So will you! Best of all success in your new business venture. Read, study, listen to those who are doing what you want to do–emulate the best, and get away from the rest!