Category Archives: Motivation & Organization

Articles, commentary, and information to increase motivation and organization in pursuit of self reliance.

British journalist becomes a mechanic for a day

Iain Hollingshead, writing for the Telegraph, decides to test out the theories in a book by Matthew Crawford on the benefits of working with one’s hands. He decides to help his favorite mechanic services his Alpha Romeo: I have a … Continue reading

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Another reason for self reliance

You get to wear hats! (At the time I published this their site was down. I’m hoping it comes back so this link isn’t dead)  

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How does one "sell" self reliance?

That’s the question taken up at the California Preppers Network: And we’re all clearly fighting an up-hill battle against government’s well-funded campaign to remove all risk and consequence from our lives.  We’re encouraged to live as milk-calves to government’s bottomless … Continue reading

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Giving money to your kids teaches reliance, not self-reliance

Facts and Opinions opines on the harmful effects of helping your kids out with cash: You wouldn’t believe this is logical. How could you hurt your children by providing them dollars? Over the long term should you continually give your … Continue reading

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Self reliance – a line in the sand

Today seems as good a day as any to officially announce the official beginning of my plan to become self reliant. This is my sixtieth post on this blog. I started a new job today. We just had one whopper … Continue reading

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Everything work is fun again

Carolyn Grimsley’s little girls just would not stop doing laundry. “We’re loving it,” Grimsley said as 7-year-old Katherine and 4-year-old Camille got to work. Dunk the scarves. Scrub them on a washboard. Pin them to the clothesline. Chores that somehow … Continue reading

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Thoreau has returned to Concord

Today I at last finished “Walden”, which was both better and worse than I expected. As an observation of nature in New England it was quite compelling. As a seminal philosophical work I was somewhat disappointed. But then I believe … Continue reading

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The worst flood in 200 years you’re not hearing about

Did you know that Nashville, Tennessee has experienced the worst flood in 200 years, twenty people have died, and many national landmarks have been completely ruined? Probably not, unless you caught it in passing as the media moved on to … Continue reading

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Staying grounded through work

Anthony Siino, writing for Chico State’s independent student newspaper, produced a column about the value of hard work and producing something with one’s hands. He encouraged his fellow college students to not get too caught up in the “life of … Continue reading

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Self reliance and your attitude toward yourself and others

Leonard Carr of the South African news organization Times Live examines the connection between your level of self reliance and how you interact with your environment. He decides that the “Truly noble tidy up their mess“: Servitude occurs when you … Continue reading

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