Whether it’s destruction by zombies, natural disaster hubris of mankind, the influx of movies, books and TV shows about the end of the world prove I’m not the only one who enjoys them.  Even if the end of the world never comes, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared… just in case.  Here are my top 6 tips for survival in a post apocalyptic world.

  1. Find your motivation- Your motivation may be reaching distant family members, overcoming your natural human tendencies, or revenge. What motivates you isn’t as important as maintaining your focus on it.  It may be the difference between your death and triumph.
  2. Hone your marketable skills- In order to be useful to the other survivors, you need to  have something to contribute. Are you adept with a bow and arrow like Katniss? Fantastic. Are you an expert on primitive  farming methods,  biology or some other scientific pursuit? Even better. You are far less expendable if rations run low and there’s a need for eliminating people.
  3. Create a secret stash/ stockpile- Your stockpile can be of weapons, food or other provisions. Your current neighbors may find you odd for hoarding dust masks, but they will be clamoring for one when multiple volcanic eruptions fill the atmosphere with particles.  Try to keep it a secret, or it will be especially critical to…
  4. Work on your persuasive speaking skills and power of influence on others – You don’t want to lose your stockpile to someone else. Even if you are a microbiologist, working on a cure to the latest pandemic that destroyed most of civilization, your key to survival may be forming strategic alliances with others. Dale Carnagie’s principles will still matter. Your influence could help with developing government, laws, new leadership organization or simply inspiring others with a rousing speech.  Never underestimate the power of a well timed, passionate speech to help everyone keep fighting amid seemingly insurmountable circumstances.
  5. Adapt when presented with the inevitable obstacles-Think about Darwin’s Galapagos Islands and survival of the fittest. You might not have a biological evolution. (Unless you have a natural immunity to the pandemic I mentioned earlier.) This is the time to dust the cobwebs off your flexible thinking. Prove that you’re a “creative problem solver” like your resume claims. Most change requires sacrifice. Which brings me to my final point…
  6. Never loose hope- The best survivors develop grit.  There may come a pivotal moment when you almost quit.   True heroes survive, because they persevere despite difficulties.  Their tenacity develops greater personal character, and often inspires others in the process. What’s the point of surviving in a post apocalyptic  world if (what’s left of) humanity isn’t improved by your survival?

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