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Preppers are winners! Here’s proof!

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It’s true that many of us sometimes wonder if we’re crazy.  Our friends accuse us of wasting money on our freeze-dried food, and sometimes spouses get downright angry at the purchase of a new firearm or more ammo.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn that some preppers suffer from occasional self-doubts.

A friend pointed out an article to  me, “The Seven Differences Between Winners and Losers,” and I started feeling rather good about myself and my Survival Mom activities.  You can read the whole article at the link, but take a look at these statements and see if it doesn’t give a  nice boost to your confidence.

1.  Winners do things losers won’t do.

Yep.  We dehydrate and can massive amounts of tomatoes, herbs, and just about anything else that sits in one place for very long. We build and then stock root cellars.  We put up with cackling chickens who poop way too much just so that we can have a supply of fresh eggs, and sometimes, fresh chicken.  We move to homesteads at the ripe old age of 40 or 50 and learn all the ropes of living out in the country, nowhere near a Starbucks or a Cheesecake Factory.

2.   Winners fail more often than losers.

Have I told you about that entire 30 pound box of peppers that I let rot because I was afraid of getting a chemical burn?  Or the massive amount of peaches I dutifully sliced and froze, just to watch them turn a disgusting brown color in the freezer?  I don’t know how many loaves of bread I tried to bake in my Sun Oven before I realized I was using the wrong type of pan.  Loaf after loaf, they collapsed long before turning that nice golden brown.  I’m embarrassed to say that it took more than a month for me to figure out what I was doing wrong.  Probably the only thing worse was the time I made Mother Earth’s “Five Minutes a Day Fresh-Baked Bread” and forgot to add the yeast.  Yeah, as a Survival Mom I’ve experienced more than my fair share of failures.

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3.   Winners are optimistic while losers are pessimistic.

When it comes to preparing and surviving, most people mistakenly believe that we are the pessimists, while those who still live in Fantasyland are the true optimists.  However, the exact opposite is true.  Preparing for calamity and believing you can survive and continue to thrive is the ultimate, optimistic point of view.  We believe that life is still worth living and that everything we hold dear is worth fighting for and preserving.  You’ll never hear one of us say, “If things go really bad, I just want to die!”

4.  Winners know what they’re trying to do while losers go with the flow.

Bottom line: we are working toward maintaining a stable life for our families, no matter what happens.  If we were content to go with the flow, we’d spend our spare time playing solitaire on the computer, buying things we couldn’t afford, and watching reality TV.  Preppers have a focus that gives us energy and purpose, and ultimately, peace of mind.

5.  Winners take responsibility for their own lives while losers point the finger elsewhere.

Isn’t this characteristic the main reason you started prepping?  Like me, you couldn’t stand the notion of standing in line waiting to be processed into a FEMA shelter or putting out your hand for a few groceries.  Preppers tend to be stubborn when it comes to taking care of themselves and shunning the sometimes heavy hand of government.

6.  Winners work harder than losers.

I’m not going to malign every non-prepper as a loser because I don’t believe that’s true.  However, having a preparedness mindset and being proactive takes additional time, energy, money, focus, and sometimes, hard work.  It’s not easy to get a vegetable garden started in a patch of barren earth or can 30 quarts of tomatoes on a hot summer day.  And, it’s not easy learning new skills as an adult who is already stretched thin between family and work responsibilities.  What keeps us going is the desire to establish supplies, skills, knowledge, and security now, on this side of a major crisis rather than waiting in hopes that life always remains on an even keel.

7.  Winners act.  Losers wait

Preppers know that time waits for no man.  A hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or job loss is highly likely, depending on where you live.  A government that is trillions of dollars in debt will eventually beget a country in turmoil.  Why wait for the other shoe to drop when being proactive will reap huge dividends?

8.  Winners are patient.  Losers give up easily.

Being prepared for an uncertain future takes time, and there is no set date for the S hitting the fan.  It’s tempting to give up and say, “So-and-so’s prediction of _____ didn’t come true, so I’m going to stop all this prepper stuff.”   Prognosticators, such as Gerald Celente, Peter Schiff, and others give their best guess as to what might  happen, but there are so many elements coming together in a perfect storm that its exact course is impossible for anyone to predict.  Winners do what they can, when they can, and focus on long-term goals.

I’ll bet you had no idea what an amazing winner you really are!

 

 

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(15) Readers Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this article. I nearly cried at the first one, when you said "We move to homesteads at the ripe old age of 40 or 50 and learn all the ropes of living out in the country" – you see I am 50 and worried I am "too late" to get to my dream (that I've had since childhood). It may be a ripe age, but not too late!! :) God bless.xx Rosesandtea

    • Karen, I'm about the same age as you and completely relate. We still live in the suburbs but talk every day about moving to the country, preferably to a small town. It can still be done, and it's not too late! ;o)

      • You young kids! You are all on the right path, keep at it no matter what anyone says.
        I am 81 and my wife is 71 and we are both preppers.

  2. i gave up when I read up to #5, heh, JK, great article!

  3. This is such a great article; I especially appreciate #2. Nice to know that mistakes are just part of it, nothing to worry about. I fee so guilty if I "waste" money on a mistake, even though I know that jumping in and trying things is the only way I'm going to learn.

    • Sandy, I too have learned from my mistakes! This year is the first year I have planted a garden since 1988! I canned vegetables, made jellies, pickles…..you name it! This year I made the mistake of not canning my black eyed peas right away. I let them sit in a 5 gallon bucket (actually 2-5 gallon buckets) and over half of them molded! Needless to say I had 65 more gallons to can, so all turned out okay, but I DID learn my lesson with the first batch! Live and Learn! Enjoy!

  4. LOVE this! SO SO very true. I want to be a "winner" in many aspects of my life. I consider myself a "moderate" prepper, but have an incredible amount of admiration for the "real" preppers and certainly consider them "winners" in every sense of the word.

  5. *Love* this article. This is the story of my sister and me. She knows bad things are coming… but not in her lifetime. (She's 60.) She insists that it's something her grown kids will have to worry about, but not her. So she and her husband are enjoying drinks in the bar of the Titanic, while I'm with no husband and always rushing to get the life rafts ready for me and my kids. We've done sooooo much in the last 2 years. It's been a joy. Especially the garden. Prepping is fun and empowering. I've learned so many things and I'm still eager to learn more. I wouldn't trade places with my sister for anything! Sit in the bar? Boring! The action is at the life rafts!

  6. Great article! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Thank you for this post. I needed this encouragement! : )

  8. I keep telling my 6yo daughter that she is the lucky one… She'll grow up knowing how to garden, raise chickens and sheep, and manage a rain catchment system. For me it is still an uphill climb (and at mid-forties)! This is my year to learn these skills!

  9. I live in a small flat in a thriving city but still try to be prepared as much as I can.
    Its as much about awareness and information as it is about stocking up.
    I feel there is a storm coming, I want to be ready to survive it.
    Thanks for your blog, good to know I.m not alone in my ‘madness’. lol

  10. I could not have read this at a better time. Just as I am frustrated with family mocking me b/c I do what I do I read this. Now I have this in my mind to hold onto. To remember and reflect on when I feel discouraged. I have found that being more aware of being prepared is bonding my family closer. At least the kids and I anyway. For as I am learning something new I am showing them as well. This has empowered me to teach my kids to do their own laundry, make their beds and change sheets at ages, 8,6 & 4. I just tonight, taught my oldest daughter to make Jello. She wanted it, I showed her how to read on the back and get what she needed. I helped her of course, but I actually stepped back and had her do all the things she could, minus the boiling water part. It was as fun for me as it was her. Thanks for this article!

    Sincerly,
    A MOM of 3!

    • JK5……..I also have family members and ALL of my co-workers but one mocking me and the one is my life partner. Yes we live AND work together as Paramedics. We have my 13 year old son living with us who is TOTALLY into prepping! So, we as a family are getting prepared! I have taught him to hunt, (my dad taught me) cook on the grill and an open fire, can vegetables, he helps in the garden, is VERY accurate with a rifle, .22, and 9mm, and compound bow, all under my supervision of course! But there may come a day when he has to go and hunt for himself which I have no doubt he will NOT go hungry! My son and also went out to the land we hunt on and made a shelter using broken limbs, vine, leaves, and mud……NO TOOLS! Just to see if we could do it! This was 2 deer seasons ago….it still stands today, 3 years later! He knows how to start fires with a magnesium block, use a compass, and we all keep a bug out bag ready! It pays to play! With that I mean, when you get a new tool or equipment, try it out, make sure you know how to work it to it’s best potential! Don’t wait untill you need it. My partner was the one who actually turned me on to prepping and thank God she did! Looking forward to another 40+ years with her on top of the 10 we already have! Be strong and make it “fun” for the kids!

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