What are you good at? What do you know how to do? One thing I have found to be invaluable to being more independent and self sufficient is knowing how to do things.

I’m talking about being a jack of all trades, someone who can do most anything, and the things you don’t know how to do, you should be able to figure it out enough to get by, or at the very least, have enough other skills to trade/barter with someone else who can do that one thing you can’t.

A generation or two ago, people knew how to do more, they HAD TO, there wasn’t any free money laying around to buy another widget when it broke, you had to fix it, make do or do without. Sons learned from their fathers, uncles and such, daughters learned from their mothers, aunts and such. It’s really sad that this is becoming a lost art, passing down knowledge to the younger generation, and people are going to be in trouble as a result.

Dad’s would fix their own car, they would do their own maintenance on their vehicles, homes and motors. They would fix their own electrical, plumbing and carpentry problems. They weren’t necessarily experts, but they could patch something to keep it going.

Mom’s would cook ALL the meals, they would sew clothes, they would patch clothes, they were the first aid/first responder when blood was flowing.

Do you know WHY they did all of these things? Because they HAD TO, they didn’t have the money to pay for someone else to come in and fix something or to go out and buy a new one…

This is a really sad set of skills that is being slowly lost, unfortunately many young people now days, their biggest skill is typing quickly with their thumbs…

I know this doesn’t represent ALL youth of today, I see many here begging for a place to get started, saying they are hard working, and have experience in the building trades…

I would suggest, very strongly suggest that if you aren’t well versed in being a jack (or jill) of all trades, that you figure out a way to get there, and soon, time is passing by, things aren’t getting any better in this world, if you really want to be more self sufficient, then you NEED to know how to do things to be self sufficient, and sorry but rapid thumb typing isn’t a skill that will get you very far IF TSHTF.

What about you? Are you a jack (or jill) of all trades? Can you fix things? What areas are you lacking? What do you need to do to get in better shape skill wise?

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