Crash Course Chapter 26: What Should I Do?

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Before I put the original crash course together back in 2008, I lived in a big waterfront house, I had a deep-sea fishing boat in a slip a mile away from my doorstep, and I was very much living “in the system” as vice president at a Fortune 300 company. 

But once I brought all that information together, something shifted deep within me and I knew I could no longer live my old life. It no longer seemed relevant to the future I saw approaching, nor fulfilling.

In light of all this, I found myself facing the huge question of “What Should I Do?”, which many of you listening are likely asking yourselves right now.

And for a time, that question overwhelmed me, because back then, there was much less public discussion of these issues and far fewer models for how to prepare for these coming changes – let alone step forward to meet them with any degree of optimism.

So I resisted doing anything at first.

But eventually I simply had to align my actions with my values and in the years since, through study and exchanging ideas with smart, hopeful, engaged thinkers around the world, I learned how.

So, what exactly did I do?  Well, I changed a lot in my family's life.  We moved to a more rural area where support from the community was far stronger than the impersonal suburban area we left behind. 

We began to grow a portion of our own food, shifted our saved wealth away from traditional paper investments and towards our health and home, always with the goal of decreasing our dependence on the potentially fragile systems that deliver our energy, food and water.

So that was our response. And if you, like millions of others, felt concern, anxiety or even fear while watching this “Accelerated” Crash Course, then it's time for you to take control of your life, too, and begin doing things differently – whatever that means for you.

But know this, even if you don’t have the same or as many options as my family did, there are a LOT of things that you can and should be doing.

They only require that you to decide to begin doing them.  You don't necessarily have to move, or buy a lot of expensive stuff; but you do have to be willing to start changing what you do.

So if there’s one message to take away from this Accelerated Crash Course, it’s this:  It’s time for you to become more resilient and more engaged. Things are changing quickly and nobody knows how much time we have before the next economic, ecological or energy related crisis erupts.  Nobody knows when, but we do have a pretty good idea of what is coming.

Either you respond to these inevitable changes or they will happen to you.  That's the simple choice we all face.

Yet I really want you to understand that this is not a message of doom and gloom, but one of excitement and hope.  How so?

Because it is within your control to enter the coming future with a higher degree of security, prosperity and fulfillment than you enjoy now.

By using the time we still have available to us now, before the trends described within the Crash Course arrive in force, to build resilience. To invest in the practices that will increase your quality of life, whatever the future may bring.

Of course this, is a very big topic, that extends from financial resilience, to physical resilience to emotional resilience - We go into much greater depth into all of these at the website.

But in summary, here are the first steps we recommend for everyone:

  1. Invest in community – In the end, no one can ever be 100% prepared for everything. The #1 factor in your success in weathering any future shocks will be the strength of the community supporting you. Make and deepen relationships with those important to you. Be sure to know what role you play and why others will value it if difficult times arise.
  2. Protect the purchasing power of your financial wealth – Given the extreme economic risks we’ve detailed in this video, we recommend everyone own at least some gold & silver to protect against the probability of a currency crisis. For similar reasons, we’re not big fans of “paper investments” like stocks & bonds right now. But if you do own them, we recommend working with a professional money manager who understands the risks posed by the Three Es. If you can’t easily locate one on your own, we know a few good ones.
  3. Reduce your dependence on fossil sources of energy – This includes both decreasing your personal energy footprint, plus potentially generating some of your own energy (for instance, adding a solar hot water heater to your house). With a little practice, you’ll realize that a small number of changes to your current behavior can dramatically reduce your vulnerability to the price of oil and other fossil fuels.
  4. Source more of your calories locally – The produce in most grocery stores often travels thousands of miles to arrive there. Finding local food providers, plus possibly growing a small percentage of your food yourself, goes a long way to reducing your exposure to price spikes due to increased transport costs. Plus, you’ll find your food is a lot healthier and better tasting.
  5. Boost your emergency readiness – The one thing we can say about a future defined by the Three Es is that there will certainly be surprises along the way. The difference between being even a little prepared for these versus not at all will prove massive. Use the time you have now to put in place emergency supplies for Add food, water, power, health care and other essentials. Hopefully, you won’t need to tap them – but if you do – you’ll be very grateful you had the foresight to put them in place.
  6. Improve your health – a future of less energy means a future of having to do more things ourselves. In certain cases, medical care may either be too expensive or even unavailable at any price. Staying healthy – both physically and emotionally – will take on an entirely new, and heightened, importance.

These steps I’ve mentioned are simply a short list of responsible actions to the changes that are coming.

Again, we spend a lot of time discussing a wide variety of possible responses in greater depth at because there are as many intelligent responses as there are different personal circumstances. 

But whether you are young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural - there are concrete steps you can take beginning the second you stop watching this video.

We invite you to find those things that really serve you, that make you happier and healthier, and cost less and increase your quality of life even as you consume less.

And as you begin this journey, you’ll soon learn that it’s about much more than just yourself. Resilient individuals create resilient families, which in turn lead to resilient communities, then resilient towns & cities, then states and whole countries, and eventually a more resilient planet. By taking action in your own life, you open the door to a better future for all of us.

However you go about doing that, know that you have our support.  If you’d like to join other like-minded people who are proactively facing our current and future challenges and opportunities head-on, please come visit us at .

I think it’s safe to say that the next twenty years are going to be completely unlike the past twenty years.

Our mission at Peak Prosperity is to create a world worth inheriting and we eagerly await joining with you on that pursuit. 

I sincerely hope you’ll take the right actions now, while we still have time and resources, to position yourself wisely – so that for you, and your loved ones and the generations that follow, the changes brought by the next twenty years will be prosperous and joyous.

The time of waiting has ended.  The time for action is now.


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A wonderful tour of reality. Thank you.

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Well, the first thing you should do is realize that these videos are based primarily in myths, fictions and lies.

If the guy had one shred of honesty about him, he would've done some actual research on the subject before he made the videos instead of relying upon hearsay and fictions for his information.

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I would ignore Dwain here completely or give him a hug. He's either an idiot, lives under a rock, or was frightened by the program. Either way I invite him to put together something better. I, like, many of us would be very afraid to reach out to the community just because we're used to being independent/isolated. I would feel more comfortable joining an already established community than trying to start one of my own. I have basic understanding of many ways I could become less reliant on the current system but definitley not enough. My husband has been trying to grow our own food and I feel like I owe him an apology for not helping. I need to step up and stop being lazy and dedicate an hour or two a day to self betterment. Whether that's emotional, physical, or knowledge. I think I should learn about how to care for bees but I'm deathly afraid of them. I pledge I'll get in shape and learn/master something on the list that I just checked off to register to write this composting to increase the health of the soil so I can grow food.

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Environmentally, what humanity is doing is wildly unsustainable, and yet I feel that more emphasis could be placed on ways in which we can as individuals and families contribute to the environment.

For example, animal agriculture alone contributes more to greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, trucks, buses, planes and ships combined. Transportation emissions are part waste, part necessity, but animal agriculture emissions are 100% unnecessary (at least outside of very poor nations). Not only is the science clear that we do not need any animal products for optimal health (that includes all meats including fish, dairy and eggs), but also there is a growing balance of scientific evidence that shows the deleterious effects that animal products have on our health (and balance of evidences implies consideration of all valid evidence). Yes, I know you've probably heard people who think otherwise, but I've devoted a lot of time to finding unbiased evidence about this and I can assure you what I've just said is true. I invite you to verify for yourself. One place to start is the published position paper of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

So yes, the world is going to continue in its unsustainable ways for the time being, but you and I have a lot more power than we think, to reduce our individual contribution to this environmental mess.


I know this message may not square well with Chris and Adam since they've done podcasts with paleo quacks like Mark Sisson. I tried paleo myself for a month a few years ago after I listened to one of those podcasts here and I read a book by Sisson. After my trial I decided to look into the science of paleo and I discovered that it's one big hoax built on a terribly biased interpretation of the available science. The book The Low-Carb Fraud by T. Colin Campbell PhD provides a readable and relatively short account of that. Nutrition is a very complicated field with conflicting evidence and there's plenty of room for people who want build a case for something to pick and choose data to support their pet theory. That's not how science works.

I would also recommend that you look into Dr. Michael Greger's research. He and his team of researchers read every paper published in every scientific journal on nutrition in English, and then synthetize the results with only one goal: finding what promotes optimal health. And his findings are clear that the fewer animal products in the diet, the better for the individual's health. I highly recommend his very short introductory videos here and this talk in which he summarizes what he's found.


Giving up animal products is not something that most people are ready to do right away, so I think it's better to start thinking of ways you can begin to reduce your consumption. Every reduction you can make has an impact. It's a start. (One thing I would caution you against doing is replacing red meat with chicken, since chicken meat involves a lot more animal suffering per pound than beef. Better to start by replacing some animal products altogether with plant-based alternatives.)


In short, you too can be part of the solution, not just by being prepared for what could come, but by reducing your contribution to the environmental mess caused by animal agriculture.


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Thanks, Chris and everyone at Peak Prosperity

I just went through the Crash Course for the third time over the past 6 years. The information is more relevant each time I review it. I can't thank you enough for the wisdom and insight this course has provided me and my family. We have dramatically changed our lives and aligned it with the material presented. While I'm still anxious about the future I know we are far better prepared to meet this vastly changing world that is fast approaching. My biggest regret is that no matter how many times I try to convince others to change their paths they seem incapable of understanding or just unwilling to hear the message. Thanks Again to Peak Prosperity.

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