“5 Things to Do Before the Next Crisis Hits”
As I read this post from SHTF Plan, I was reminded of the old saying, “keep it simple stupid – KISS”. There is nothing new or earth shattering; no fancy new gadget; no “why didn’t I think of that” idea and yet, if you just did these 5 simple things, you’d be miles ahead of many people in prepping for the next crisis.
I’m not just talking about a total societal collapse like we are seeing in Venezuela, but even on a smaller scale like here in Scotland. The collapse of the world oil market has hit north east Scotland hard; especially in cities like Aberdeen which is just 35 miles north of me. The loss of thousands of oil related jobs has had the predictable knock on effect of the loss of thousands of service sector and hospitality jobs. As a result, people are unable to pay for their fancy sports cars and are abandoning them at the dealership. Others are defaulting on their mortgages. Still others are trying to pay their bills with their Rolex watches. How sad and how so utterly avoidable – if they had just followed these 5 simple steps.
The amazing thing is, these 5 steps are not new; in fact Benjamin Franklin wrote about them around 300 hundred years ago! Here’s a link to Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth” in PDF format at the Gutenberg site. (Be sure and check out all the great free books there.) As Franklin says, “The road to riches is as plain as the road to the mill”.
Venezuela didn’t collapse over night and neither did Scotland’s oil industry; the warning signs were there for all to see for years. Had they but listened to Franklin or taken these 5 simple steps, how much better off they would be. But as Franklin was keen to observe, “Man will learn at the school of hard knocks and no other”.
I do what I can and preach Franklin’s sermon to any who will listen, but sadly few do. And while it pains me to see my friends and their relatives suffer, their suffering only hardens my resolve to get better prepared – faster!
If you don’t know where to start, start with these 5 simple steps. I’d also urge you to, not only read, but study Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth”.
Folks, you have the tools, you have the knowledge, but what you don’t have is an excuse.
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