Mark came up to Chaya and I and introduced himself at the Dallas Self Reliance Expo in Dallas, TX. We knew that we were dealing with a professional just by talking to him. Rest assured, Mark is the real deal. We like Mark because he is a level headed guy who has real metrics for measuring your family’s preparedness. You may be a D-I-Y type of person, but if you partner with Mark, you will be a whole lot further ahead.
Listen to this interview where we talk about all kinds of things, and I am sure that you will agree that he knows how to measure where you are and tell you how you can get to where you want to be with objective waypoints along the way.
We talk about:
- Preparedness = guns and ammo, right?
- Social Unrest
- Consultation process on site, what does it entail?
- High Probability/High Impact contingency planning—Write a list of realistic threats.
- “You have to want it more than I want it for you.”
- Do an inventory!
- “You do not know what you need until you know what you have.”
- Lone wolf self sufficient entity myth
- How to set up a buying plan—“evening up the stacks”
- Rotate Items in your food storage: FIFO (First In First Out)
- Dollar Cost Averaging
- Monthly/Quarterly Inventories (Hint: keep a hard copy)
- Real-world preparedness budgeting
- Accumulating supplies: couponing, yard sales, craigslist, free cycle and pawn shops
- First item you need in order to prepare: “The Proper Mindset.”
- Real scenario: it is 20 minutes after an event, what do you do?
- “People gravitate towards order in times of chaos.”
- Preparedness as insurance
- Why fear mongering does not work in the long run
- Things that I can control & things that I cannot control—working on the correct side of that equation
- “You do not go into debt to prep. You just don’t do it.”
- “A preparedness life style is about increasing both the quality and quantity of your options.”
- Psychological value of food
- Food, water, medical supplies fall into a category broadly labeled, “Can’t have too much of.”
- Value of your own work towards self-sufficiency on your homestead, “your buy in.”
- “No one gets to put me and mine at risk because they were too lazy, too stupid or to arrogant to prep.”
- Judgment, finding others and OPSEC
- World becomes very small with one family on one homestead without anyone else
- The quintessential “ideal land” vs real world neighbors that you may not like
- The moral code in preparedness and the choices that every individual must make
- Break bread with people!
- Life is a gift
- The worst stored food item Mark has ever seen put away
- Wrap up, finding others
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