What Being A Survivalist Means To Me

How to be more self reliant and living the survivalist lifestyle

Today a lot of terms are thrown around when it comes to living a simpler or more self-reliant lifestyle, but the word I like to use that encompasses all of them is the term survivalist.

The reason I want to put my own slant on what a survivalist means to me, is because I think the term has been skewed by popular television shows, and by people who call themselves survivalist or preppers, who are really neither.

Now I know some of the so-called experts using the numerous terms will argue with my definition (and most of you know I really don’t care what they think), but this is what it means to me:

A survivalist is someone who has made the decision, and put into action a plan to be more self reliant (do things themselves), and simplifying their life by partially or totally removing themselves from what is considered the average American lifestyle today.

For me the American way of life today is so completely screwed up, I think a lot of us are looking for something different and meaningful. I like to call it “life simplification.” Matter of fact this is why I created The Simple Life book series and website www.thesimplelifenow.com. Today we are so bombarded with crap, and things that have nothing to do with fulfilling our lives, or making us happy that people are rebelling, and saying no more!

I mean really, how do the Kardashians contribute to society? The simple answer is they don’t. They are a bunch of morally bankrupt idiots praying upon the weak (sheeple as we like to call them), but I see something about that group of ass clowns on a daily basis. Why? Because it keeps the machine going. They represent everything that has gone wrong in this country today, which is not about work ethic or doing the right thing, but about being self absorbed, cutting corners, and pure greed. We have become a country of followers; the biggest problem with that is we are following idiots and doing what they tell us to do instead of making decisions for ourselves.

Ok, I went off on a tangent for a second, but the Kardashians are a perfect example of why a lot of people have said enough. We are the leaders of our life, not politicians, the media, celebrities or corporations. Simply, we just have to pull our heads out of our asses and take back control of our lives. That is truly what being a survivalist is all about; taking back control of your life, and doing things for yourself not waiting around for someone to do it for you. It also means being better prepared for things that can go wrong in the world and life.

Even though I use the term survivalist to describe my philosophy, what it truly is when broken down to the raw basics is life simplification, with some rational preparedness mixed in.

On the surface it seems really simple, but what I have found is that removing yourself from the noise of how you are expected live in today’s society, and changing it to how you want to live is very difficult. Most feel they are alone, and are the only one thinking this way I know I felt the same way. The truth is that there are entire groups all over America, heck all over the world who also feel the same way.

I will not candy coat it, simplifying your life and living the survivalist lifestyle will be one of the hardest things you will ever do. But the payoff is it will be the best thing you ever do in the end. To this day I have yet to meet a person who has regretted pursing this type of lifestyle. Most of us say we wish we had done it much sooner.

For those who are really interested in looking deeper or taking a more advanced step into this lifestyle I highly recommend to check out my “Off The Grid” video series that is documenting my journey in life simplification and living off the grid.

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I’m consider this article to be the introduction book to my “Off The Grid” series (coming soon). For some jumping right in it is no problem, but for most this is a daunting journey, and a little clarification on how to start is incredibly useful. Everyone who follows my Simple Life philosophy, and purchases my books knows I take great pride in making something that seems incredibly complicated, and breaking it down into its most basic components.

Life today is incredibly complicated, because we have allowed it to become so. When you have the right information in a simple to follow format, it makes it much easier to implement and get started on your journey. That is where my works truly come from – make it simple and straightforward to follow. More importantly, I never talk about or teach anything I have never done myself. Crazy as it sounds, a lot of so-called experts today, literally have never done anything they are teaching or telling you to do.

Here is one of my favorite quotes regarding life simplification from Albert Einstein:

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

Remember if it were easy everyone would be doing it. That is what why we survivalist take great pride in what we do, and how we live. It isn’t for everyone, but it sure is for us, and we also know that a lot of people are interested in the lifestyle, but just don’t know where to start.

I hope this book gives some clarity for those who are interested in this type of lifestyle, or just those just looking to improve themselves in anyway they can.

I never consider myself to be all knowing in any of the fields I teach, I’m just a guy trying to live a simpler happier life, and want to share what I have learned along the way.


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