SKILLS: Self-reliance, Can You Really Achieve It?


  • By:  Howard at
  • Posted on: March 12, 2014

Now the question is can we truly achieve self-reliance. Now I know many preppers and I have sat down and thought about them and tried to find someone who was totally self-reliant without the help of others. I could not.

A conversation with a family that I thought might be close to achieving this in the area of food revealed the following.  They produce their own vegetables, meat, cheese, dairy and eggs.  But they still have to go to the store and do a large shopping a couple of times a year.

They probably produce 70% to 80% of their own food, but there are still things that they need.  For example salt, you can’t produce it where they live.  Canning jars break and even Tattler Lids fail over time.

I have met a few people who may be able to go to the hills and survive like the Native American’s, but they are extremely rare.  Even most of the Native America’s lived in tribal societies and helped each other.

Any of us that are growing gardens and producing fruit and vegetables are becoming more self-reliant.  The problem is that even if you produce 100% of your vegetables you are probably only producing 15-20% of the calories you need, unless you are living on potatoes.  You need proteins and fats.

I believe that very few people can survive as a true lone wolf, without the aid of others.  Even the early American mountain men came in to trade their furs for supplies.  However I think it is possible to develop self reliance based on skills that we can trade with others.  To survive TEOTWAWKI you need to have a good food storage, the ability to produce more and skills that you can trade with others.  You need to develop a support network that can supply you with the items that you need and cannot produce.

Because of operational secrecy, you may not want to build that network right now, but look around you and see who has the skills you will need later.  Develop a skill that will let you trade with others and if you have a large family, develop several skills.  This will let you develop trade and self-reliance.

By producing what you are capably off and using your skills to produce something to trade you can become self-reliant.

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Updated: March 16, 2014 — 4:46 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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