Surviving in Today’s World

February 19, 2013 at 10:22 am | Posted in Career Moves, Life and Living | Leave a comment
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A while back I wrote a post about survivalism in a very natural and raw way — something more in line with what would happen if the world did end and we had to go back to a simpler way of life.  While it is definitely important to be in touch with your environment and how to survive off natural land, I want to talk about a more practical survival tactic for the everyday man.We are living in a very difficult time economically.  I’ve personally seen nearly everyone I know suffer in some way — older people being pushed into early retirement from jobs no longer needed and young people trying to start out and not being able to break into the working world.  It’s a tough world, and for those who don’t have family to fall back on, they will learn sooner than others how to survive — because they have to.It is those people who know you have to be willing to do anything.  You have to be willing to take a job in a rural area where you no nobody, or a waiter job with bad hours and a crappy uniform.  If you are out on your own with no support from anyone, you have to fill in the gaps any way you can.

I am still surprised by many people who feel lost but have support from families and because of that, have not developed the same survival instinct as those out on their own.  Because they are lucky enough to have some help, they are less willing to take jobs that aren’t “in their field” or are otherwise something they are interested in doing.  Part of me gets it — we are told as we are growing up to find something that you love to do and do it for a living.  We are not taught to find something to tide us over, to do whatever it takes to be able to survive on our own.  That’s a skill you develop when you need it.

There is, of course, another side to this.  You need to be willing to take risks to do what you want, and many risks may not pay off (of course, that’s why you call it a risk), but if you have a dream, you have to go for it.  Ideally, you are in a good stable position to go for the risk, and if it fails, your survival instincts kick in and you do whatever it takes to get by.  One day, a risk will pay off, but in the meantime, life goes on and you gotta do what it takes to be a be part of it.

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