Coming home from my office yesterday, I drove headlong into this…
The road to self-reliance begins with baby steps.
It requires lots of experimentation and trial and error to determine what works for you and what doesn’t.
Take growing your own food. I’m all goofy gray thumbs when it comes to actually growing stuff out of the ground. Growing up as a city boy, the whole concept of farming was utterly foreign to me until the past few years.
Fruits, vegetables, meats… These were all things that just magically appeared in a grocery store, stacked, unblemished and spit-shiny. The only reminder to where food actually came from was the occasional small withered leaf still attached to an apple stem overlooked by apple pickers and processors thousands of miles away.
But through lots of reading (I highly recommend any of Joel Salatin’s excellent books), experimentation, and trial and error, I’m starting to see just the faintest highlights of green splotches sprout on my thumbs.
Here’s a mind blowing economic trend that the majority of us over the age of 35 probably aren’t paying much attention to.
It’s a transition being driven by the millennial generation –those born roughly between 1983 and 2007 — and it’s taking place on the outskirts of what we consider the modern corporate economy.
Many of us who aren’t millennials might be inclined to think the trend is flaky. And that would be a big mistake, because the companies driving the transition as well as their young devotees believe it provides a golden opportunity to revolutionize the values of entrepreneurship, resilience, community and economic self-reliance.
As a parent I spend a lot of time thinking about how to raise a successful kid?
Does success depend on cognitive ability? Higher IQ scores, better educational opportunities, advanced degrees, higher grades? Many believe this to be the case and they push their children to get into the best schools and get the best grades possible. To join the most clubs and do the most activities. They start them early because we know that by starting early our kids will have the best shot at success.
We do not buy into this cognitive theory for success.
We believe in a character model.