Mind4Survival-On PreppingIn this episode on Prepping

  1. Romance vs. Reality
  2. Prepping Groups
  3. Personalities
  4. Essential Lessons for Preppers
  5. Biggest Prepping Mistakes
  6. How to Prepare in Spite of Society

Romance vs. Reality

Many people have a romance vs. reality view of prepping.

Romance sounds great. However, reality sucks.

Preparedness is fun to talk about and plan. Unfortunately, the reality of what we are planning for is anything but pleasant.

If we have to put our worst-case scenarios plans into action, then we may be in for a tough time.


Going it Alone

Many preppers think they can and will face a worst-case scenario on their own and go it alone.

You can’t go it alone. Everyone needs sleep.

If the world is in such bad shape that you’re bugging out when it’s hit the fan, you’ll need others.

Prepping Groups

The best group of people is people you’ve known for a very long time.

If you don’t have a group, start building one now. Websites such as MeetUp.com work great.

When building a preparedness group, you need to create relationships. As you do, you’ll learn about people’s personalities.

When learning about personalities, you may want to consider the following:

  • What stresses people?
  • How do they react to stress?
  • Do they have needed skills?
  • Are they safe and not reckless?
  • Do they act responsibly?
  • Are they just an eater? An eater is someone who takes more than they contribute.

You should consider building your group around a variety of skill sets. This will improve your overall resiliency and capability.

Don’t forget communications. Groups need to be able to communicate internally to remain effective.

Remember, building teams take time, so get started!


The best way to draw out character flaws and see the real person is through mutual suffering.

Training in difficult and less than ideal conditions is the best way to reach meaningful levels of mutual suffering.

Careful training and team-based pain also build camaraderie and cohesiveness.

Training does not need to focus on weapons!

Learning new skills and gaining non-weapons related knowledge is essential.

Remember, practicing and training with gear under challenging conditions not only stresses people but tests equipment too.

Essential Lessons for Preppers

Coping with Difficult Situations

Many non-preppers say they will just give up and die in a dangerous situation. This is not usually the case.

Human instinct is to survive. A drowning person will try to live.

One key is to prepare now so that you give yourself a better chance later.

Everyone can have a positive impact on their situation and chances for a successful outcome. It just requires forethought and effort.



Gear and supplies don’t need to be expensive.

Many times, lower cost items work just as good as more expensive brand names.

Buy things that work now, then over time budget to buy the nice to have items.

Thrift stores can be an excellent and cost-effective resource for preppers.


How to Make a Bug Out Bag / Get Home Bag

First, if you don’t have one, get started and get one made!

You don’t need a top of the line bag. A basic pack, messenger bag, etc., will work and is much better than nothing.

Cover the following basics:

  1. Shelter – An inexpensive blue tarp and twine can make a shelter
  2. Water – A bottle and stainless-steel cup with a cheap filter works.
  3. Fire – Cheap lighters, strike anywhere matches, fire steel, and road flares work.
  4. Food – A bottle of rice and bouillon cubes are cheap and a good start.
  5. Security – Machetes, knives, etc., can work. You don’t need an expensive gun.
  6. Medical – A small first aid kit is easy to assemble.
  7. Energy – Batteries, Goal Zero charger, small solar panel set up.


Information is King

Being informed of any situation is important.

A smartphone loaded with PDFs of books and survival manuals is well worth the effort.

A small AM/FM radio can keep you informed and also make you feel more comfortable. A radio with shortwave capability is ideal.


Ham Radios

Ham Radios are a great tool for staying informed.

You can learn to use ham radios through local ham groups. There are also computer apps to help you learn.

Biggest Prepping Mistakes

Preppers often over-focus on firearms and tactical gear.

Try spending less on gear and more on education and training.

Instead of buying a $3000 rifle, but a $600 gun. Then spend $2400 on training to survive.

EVERYONE needs training! Focus on the basics!

How to Prepare in Spite of Society

Society puts up barriers to prepping.

Many people don’t want to prepare because they don’t want to discuss or think about bad things.

Be adaptable. The more adaptable you are, the more likely you are to succeed and survive.

Suck it up! The Strong survive! Don’t be weak and full of excuses.


Normalcy Bias

Don’t assume because something has never happened, that it won’t.

Before 9/11 happened, most people don’t think it would happen.  Box cutters and small knives were allowed on planes.

That is normalcy bias.


Never forget, you’re just one prep away.

If you have any other thoughts or questions about the on prepping, please leave a comment below.

Stay safe, secure and prepared,


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  1. R A LOVE on September 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Been saying these things for more than a Decade, keep going bro

    • Brian Duff on September 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks for the totally awesome feedback! I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

  2. Lisa on September 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    It really made me think about when you said how to prepare in spite of society. That is so true!!

    • Brian Duff on September 8, 2017 at 8:16 am

      I’m so glad that you found it helpful! It can be really difficult to for some to prepare who are concerned about how others view them. I used to prepare quietly and out of sight so people didn’t think I was crazy. one of the best days was when I stopped caring what they thought. If they want to judge me, for me being me, then that’s just one less person I need to focus my energy on. In the end, it makes life so much easier. Good luck! ~Brian

  3. SPDurnin on September 8, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Pure gold in this episode.

    Spot on survival / prepping tips for all levels from beginners to long-timers.

    • Brian Duff on September 12, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Thanks for your great feedback! That totally motivates and makes it all worthwhile.

      Stay safe,

  4. Scott Bradford on October 25, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Awesome podcast. Learned a ton. I’m looking for the website that Chris was talking about and can’t find it. Do you have the link? Thanks and keep the good work!!!

    • Brian Duff on October 25, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Scott, Thanks for the great feedback! Your comments are really appreciated. You can find Chris under ANgery American on Facebook and get all of his updates through there. I can’t wait to see what he’s come up with! ~Brian

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