Skill Sets for Prosperity

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Skill Sets for Prosperity

I'm relatively new to this forum and first want to thanks Chris for creating an excellent opportunity for us to exchange high quality ideas.

My question is "what are the best skill sets to attain" if we are going to successfully confront the future circumstances that Chris predicts in the Crash Course?  In my review of this forum, there are wide ranging discussions on everything from farming to acquiculture to self defence.  No one can become proficient in all of these areas without completing devoting their life to it.  I'm interested in readers' thoughts on what are the high priority skill sets, and which can be deferred until later.  After all, there are only 24 hours in the day, and 365 days in a year. 

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Re: Skill Sets for Prosperity
PP Mazzini wrote:

I'm relatively new to this forum and first want to thanks Chris for creating an excellent opportunity for us to exchange high quality ideas.

My question is "what are the best skill sets to attain" if we are going to successfully confront the future circumstances that Chris predicts in the Crash Course?  In my review of this forum, there are wide ranging discussions on everything from farming to acquiculture to self defence.  No one can become proficient in all of these areas without completing devoting their life to it.  I'm interested in readers' thoughts on what are the high priority skill sets, and which can be deferred until later.  After all, there are only 24 hours in the day, and 365 days in a year. 

PP Mazzini -

Welcome to the forums - lots of good stuff here, and in the words of one of my favorite musicians "You just gotta poke around."  (Even though I'm not much of a fan of post '79 Grateful Dead)

Anyway, I think you should modify your question to "the future circumstances YOU predict" and go from there.  Develop your plan and preparations timeline based on how you think things are going to unfold.  Chris has a Self-Assessment that can be found up under the "Take Action" tab at the top of the page that you should fill out.  Then develop a prioritized Action Item plan and start working on it. 

You no doubt have an existing applicable skill set that won't need much work - only integration into the rest of your preparations. 

You will also be surprised at how much learning you can get done across a variety of skill focus areas in 24 hours Laughing.  Three years ago, we were casual gardeners - we dove head first into Square Foot Gardening and now we eat from the garden year round and don't buy a vegetable from the grocery store from April-December.  We are by no means self sufficient, but have greatly reduced our reliability on outside produce sources and in my book that's a win.

Duty calls (she who must be obeyed) and I have to run.  I wll follow up this post with a more specific list of high priority skill sets.

Welcome again!

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Re: Skill Sets for Prosperity

The answer I think is no different than what you might give a high school graduate: it depends on your assets, your aptitudes and your crystal ball. Personally I don't try to do things for which I don't have a "knack" or do not enjoy - what would be the purpose? I would not be good at it and/or I'd hate every minute. I don't believe there can be a definitive list since: a) we each have our particular worldview, b) the future is changing all the time and c) no two situations are the same.

I have five basic rules I try to live up to and one of my rules is to not go hungry, pretty basic. I do it by raising animals/vegetables on my own property. But someone else might hate everything about living rural and the things I do every day. It wouldn't make sense for them to have many of my skills but that doesn't mean they can't have the same rule (which is really a kind of important rule): they might learn to shop very wisely and clip coupons, they might be the organizer of a neighborhood garden, maybe they learn which grubs taste best (yuck), they might learn to buy very basic commodities in bulk and cook great meals from scratch, maybe they choose to be a soldier and eat at the mess hall, they might arrange to glean fields after harvest, perhaps they think the whole idea of going hungry is silly or maybe they have a trust fund and buy up a few thousand acres of prime farmland – that would be my choice except my trust fund ain't so trusty ;^)

So like Dog said, use the resources here to make an assessment of where you think things are going, make a plan to achieve prosperity using your own assets and aptitudes; the particular skills needed should be pretty obvious at that point.

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Re: Skill Sets for Prosperity

Hi,

Two top skills....

1. Learn how to read people. I mean REALLY be able to read them. (So important for skill two to work.) In real life that is, everyone online is a prophet, millionaire, saint, savant...

2. Learn how to make, and be, a real friend. (its harder than you think)

If you follow those two simple rules, you will never go hungry, be cold, or die from lack of care.

Simple I know, but, it works whether or not the sky falls. If it does, you will have a place to hide until it stops. If it does not, you will be rich beyond compare. Rich you say? How can that be? You will have obtained that which the "masters" seek but can never steal from you.

C.

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Re: Skill Sets for Prosperity

I call it "setting out your shingle." If you had to have new skills in a world where things suddenly became more expensive or difficult to obtain, what would your hand-made "Business Sign" in front of your home say?

Some options: Beekeeper, Seamstress/tailor, Carpenter/Pumber/Mechanic - with tools, Farmer/Gardener, Medical Herbalist, EMT/Nurse/First Aid Specialist, Gunsmith/Ammo-reloader, Lumberjack, Horse/Dog trainer...

Whatever your skills and interests, think of what you might be able to trade with a community for things you do not produce. If you can teach math or reading, or know how to dig a well or cook from scratch with local ingredients, or "insert skill here" - as long as the skill is needed you're good to go.

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Re: Skill Sets for Prosperity

Hi there,

Welcome to the CM community! The first posts in reply are frankly excellent....one thing I might add is to cultivate mindfulness.

I don't mean this in a new-age manner necessarily, but learn to pay attention to what is happening around you--and under you and in front of you and behind you and over you, as well as assessing the potential implications of what's going on. This skill will improve your abilities at almost everything else that you do.

We are farmers in part of our lives--and there is an old Chinese proverb that the footstep of the farmer is the best fertilizer, meaning that if the farmer is out walking the land, paying attention to crops, to animals, to the condition of the soil, to approaching weather--much less is likely to go wrong and much more is likely to go right. It translates into most anything else.

I am continually amazed at the lack of attention many people employ in public, with ears glued to cell phones or iPods and hands engaged in texting, how do they have a clue as to what is happening around them? How can they react to a potential threat or opportunity if need be or notice that someone needs help right in front of them??

We are encouraged to not live in the moment through constant bombardment of media and re-learning this skill, I believe, is crucial for a time when we must have our wits about us far more fully than many of us do? Living in the now and paying attention is something we took for granted as children, I think.

Growing a garden for food as well as beauty is one path to this practice (especially if you want it to be successful!), which also translates into another good skill set...assuming you have access to the amount of space you need. If you don't, well, a lot can be grown on an apartment balcony in season or in a community garden. Starting one of those leads to additional skills and connectivity as well.

Pursuit of a post-crash lifestyle is about partly about learning to connect and to be mindful-beyond that, hard skills such as mending anything (engines, clothes, people, land, etc.) will always be useful.

Enjoy life, too, no sense in not. It's what we have now, find some bliss in the midst of whatever else is hap\pening.

My grandfather once quoted Walt Whitman to me when I was having a particularly difficult time in my life "Maintain aplomb in the midst of irrational things." This is just as as good today as it was thirty years ago.

cheers,

Juli

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Re: Skill Sets for Prosperity

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful replies.  Honestly, they were not what I expected, in that they approached the problem from a much more fundamental level that what I had in mind when I first posed the question. 

While I agree that one's role within the economy (now or in future) is entirely subjective, in that it depends on one's skills and aptitudes, I think that we are all going to share a single, common, objective reality.  Chris has done a great job in laying out a framework for us to figure out what that future will look like.  I'm quite happy to see so many people on this board who are also eager to fill in all of the details. 

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We are bail bondsman.  And now we are also small-scale produce and poultry farmers.  I'm still hoping that bail and court related services are needed in our un-certain future.  Laughing

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Re: Skill Sets for Prosperity

I believe that we are going to see a resurgence of fading skills in the coming years.  Skills like cobbler, tailor, auto mechanic, repairman will gain in importance as we move away from being a throw away society.  Good auto mechanics are going to be important in the future.  They exist today, but there are also a lot of auto mechanics that don't have good troubleshooting skills and are more part changers that mechanics.  There may be opportunities for folks that have a knack for fixing stuff that was not designed to be fixed, but replaced instead.

In addition, I think there will be a basic set of skills most everyone will need to some degree.  Community building, situational awareness, gardening, self defense and others.  Not everyone may not need to be an expert in all things, but everyone should be able to have some level of skill in them.

Tim

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