Garden in July

What systems are you dependent upon?

And how dependent are you on them?

These are a couple of questions you should ask yourself and try to answer honestly. Even if you don’t like the answer. If you ask yourself these questions and figure out which systems that you and your family are reliant upon, then you know where to start working if you would like to be less dependent on them and more dependent on yourself. In other words, be more self-sufficient and self-reliant.

So what systems are you dependent on? If you are like most of us, you are dependent on most, if not all, of them to one degree or another. That isn’t anything to worry about though. Not really. What is more important is how much you are dependent on them. For a list of The Systems, go back to What Are The Systems and take a look. Read through them and jot down which ones you rely on. It’s not a 100% complete list so if you can think of anymore, write those down too. And maybe comment on that post letting me know what I might have missed.

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Credit Card Debt

How do I pay off my debt?

Credit Card Debt“How do I pay off all this debt?” “How the hell did I get here?” These questions have been asked since the dawn of time, since the first time one man lent another man money. It seems like a simple enough thing for us to wrap our heads around – if you have a debt, you pay it off. Simple, right? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy. If it were easy, there wouldn’t be so many people still in debt. Let me tell you a story.

Phil’s fight with debt

Years ago, there was a guy I knew named Phil. When he was nineteen, Phil worked in a furniture warehouse making OK money and doing fairly well for himself. He received a pre-approved credit card application in the mail one day. He didn’t really think anything of it. He just threw it away with all the other junk mail he got. Soon Phil started getting more and more of these applications. They were

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Clipper Sailing Ship

Where do you want to go?

Where are you? Where do you want to go? And how the heck do you get there?

Today I wanted to help you get an assessment of your current situation. Whether good or bad. And also where you want to go, where you want to be. It doesn’t matter how good you are with direction, how disciplined you are, your perseverance, whatever. If you don’t know where you are, you will never get to where you want to be.

The ship

Clipper Sailing ShipThis reminds me of an analogy I heard on The Survival Podcast by Jack Spirko. I’ll add my own details, but you’ll get the point. So before a ship even leaves its port, the ship’s captain plots a course for its destination port. To do that, the captain must know where he is currently. And for the purpose of this analogy, the ship does not have any GPS navigation equipment.   Back to the story. The captain knows that if he is in Norfolk, Virginia and he wants to go to the port in Dover, England, he must plot a northeast course across the Atlantic and go through the English Canal before arriving in Dover. He only knows that because he knows where he is to begin with. If he were actually leaving a port in Argentina, but thought he was leaving Norfolk, he would plot that same course. He thinks he’s in Norfolk. Except this time, he would really be confused

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