April 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm #7770
I am thinking here about skills needed for surviving in world when SHTF. Skills that you have or you think it would be cool to have.
Skills that people in your group need to have in order to be accepted in your group, and skills that you (alone) know and have in plan to learn.
Some of them that I prefer:
- Technical-mechanical knowledge and skills
- Medical skills
- “fight” skills
- Farming (land) skills
- Wilderness survival skills
- Communications skills
Those above are wide topics, for example I count under the “technical and mechanical skills” knowledge about repairing stuff, making stuff with little resources, “inventing” skills… or under the wilderness skills there are hunting, trapping, skinning… communications are about communication with outside world but also dealing with people, both outside (trade for example) and inside group (structure of the group and problems and similar).
Best scenario is that everyone be pretty good in every field, but there are experts for each field.
Any thoughts?April 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm #7774
To me the most important skill will be the ability to accept a rapid change in plans and go in a new direction. Trying to work with people that are stuck with one idea and can’t accept that it is not working; will not apply a new idea themselves or allow you to take a new approach is a killer. There are always unforeseen/unknown elements to most complicated tasks that must be overcome to achieve acceptable results.
No whiners.April 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm #7779
Mental flexibility and toughness. Be able to deal with a problem and adapt. After the physical threat is gone, you can learn to sleep again.April 9, 2014 at 2:14 am #7795
Business skills. To deliver on time, to know how to keep your word and to be honest in your dealings.April 9, 2014 at 3:23 am #7841
Long term, I think the ability to negotiate. Negotiate deals, alliances, you name it.
Imagine trying to get cross-country and coming across a small town that has blocked the roads in and out. Negotiating safe passage through could be a life saver…April 9, 2014 at 4:12 am #7847
I just did a sort of skills inventory. Not trying to brag, because my outlook and experiences keep me humble, sort of, but my resume sort of reads;
Fixer – I have been to school for and worked as a mechanic. I worked for a school district running boilers, heaters, generators, HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical.
Farmer – The last two years I’ve raised a garden and helped friends in theirs, learning a lot. Took a class about and keep looking for local edibles (Dandelions are actually tasty!)
Fighter – Ex military, and no, I didn’t turn a wrench or push paperwork . Worked in Law Enforcement, PI, still work in Executive Protection.
What I would want in a group member is flexibility in thinking, (totally agree with osagemarine & 1974t150v) mental toughness, and have some skin in the game. No freeloaders. Everybody works, and everybody eats. A good sense of humor is mandatory! Grunt humor can keep your soul intact in the darkest times.April 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm #7892
My skills are as a handyman. My father and grandfather were electrical contractors and building contractors so anything that has to do with building a house or even a small building of no more then three stories I have done.
When I was 18 my father did not want me to be a contractor so he sent me to the Dominican Republic to study Medicine, so I did in 1978 and finished in 1982. I did do two years of internship in the U. S. but I still wanted to be my own boss and own my own business so I started developing and doing spec homes and reselling them.
So I do know some Medicine. I am also a very good stain glass window worker, hobby!
I love gardening but only fruit trees and vegetables, not into flowers.
I am very good with my hands, you teach me something done with your hands and I will learn fast.April 11, 2014 at 8:52 am #8099
I think metal fabrication capabilities would be very high on my list for long term shtf. The ability to create/recreate new equipment will end up as vital. A smelting pot for reclaiming steel and casting equipment, a large forge and metal bending brakes. Basicly an old time Iron works.April 11, 2014 at 9:18 am #8102
Personally I try to learn all “basic” survival skills so that I can live properly in my natural environment. In the coming months and years I will mainly focus on medical skills though. They simply make you a very valuable asset for a group and have been and will always be in demand.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")April 11, 2014 at 9:35 am #8104
Agree 1974t150v, those skills going under ” Technical-mechanical knowledge and skills” on the list.April 11, 2014 at 9:54 am #8105
Living properly in a natural environment using survival skills sounds like a life style similar to primitive hunter gather populations, or are you talking about organic farming?April 11, 2014 at 10:03 am #8106
oxyacetylene welding supplies would be nice to have as well.April 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm #8118
You can get into Oxy-acetylene welding pretty easily, lots of inexpensive kits (small bottles of Oxygen and Acetylene though) with all the hardware for it. Great for cutting thick steel as well.
Not sure why but it’s my favourite form of welding. Guess I just like the flames lol
Canadian Patriot. Becoming self-sufficient.April 11, 2014 at 11:02 pm #8159
TK556, don’t mean to be nosy, but is there a specific company you do EP work for? If none of my business, no problem, just wondering.April 12, 2014 at 12:01 am #8167
Lots of skills identified in this thread. I have many covered but it’s always ongoing…practice etc. I’d throw out ‘Grey Man’ skill. Thanks for sharing!
“Grey man – an individual who possesses the skills, ability and intent to blend into any situation or surrounding without standing out, concealing his or her true skills, ability, and intent from others.” SOURCE:
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