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Mind4Survival host, Brian Duff, empowers preparedness minded people to become more safe, confident, and self-reliant so that they can better protect themselves, their families, and loved ones when it matters most.

The Mind4Survival Podcast Brian Duff

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Mind4Survival host, Brian Duff, empowers preparedness minded people to become more safe, confident, and self-reliant so that they can better protect themselves, their families, and loved ones when it matters most.

    145: Prepping for People With Disabilities

    145: Prepping for People With Disabilities

    I was asked about my thoughts on prepping for people with disabilities. And after thinking about it, I believe that prepping can always be approached from the same foundational way.

    By following my simple system of preparedness, a person will be able to effectively assess their situation, create a preparedness plan, and begin leveling up their preparedness.

    After all, while some of us have challenges that would cause other to buckle, the thought process behind being prepared should be the same for everyone.

    Follow the SHTF Planning Process

    I recommend that you start with the 4-Step SHTF Plan based on the Mind4Survival Pyramid.

    Step 1: Acknowledge That You Need an SHTF Plan

    Step 2: Decide on a Course of Action

    Step 3: Prepare Your SHTF Plan Based on the Survival Pyramid

    Step 4: Take Action

    Step 1: Acknowledge That You Need an SHTF Plan

    The foundation of everyone's survival pyramid is mindset. And, when it comes to your specific plan, you're asking the question, so I know you already have Step 1 - Acknowledge That You Need an SHTF Plan checked off.

    Step 2: Decide on a Course of Action

    With step one completed, it's now time for step two. Step two is deciding on a course of action. And deciding on a course of action starts with situational awareness. In today's world, we all have fantastic opportunities to be situationally aware, regardless of capability level.

    Almost everything you need to know to make well-grounded decisions is available through the Internet and other means. And, when it comes to making decisions, if we're as well informed as we believe we are, the best decision will reveal itself to us.

    When we know the answer, we know the answer. The only time that fails us is when we think we know the answer and don't. Then, we're making a decision based upon lousy info.

    So, do your best to be aware of what's happening around you. In doing that, we all must acknowledge our true capability levels, with capability being easily captured in the capability formula. (Mindset + Ability)*Luck (-/+) = Capability. As a note, ability is a combination of knowledge + skill.

    The important takeaway from that is while a person, skill-wise, may not be as capable as others, they can load the capability formula in their favor by focusing on the mindset and knowledge aspects. By focusing on the mental side of preparedness, you can plan ahead of time to compensate and prepare for any weaknesses and accentuate any strengths.

    Besides having the vulnerability to examine your capabilities honestly, your first strength is that you're a prepper. And by being a prepper, you have the can-do attitude to make the best out of the worst.

    Heck, in terms of preppers with disabilities, they're doing more than non-preppers without. In my opinion, that translates into a better-prepared person, regardless of physical ability.

    Step 3: Prepare Your SHTF Plan Based on the Survival Pyramid

    Now it's time to create your SHTF. Your plan should follow the flow of the survival pyramid by addressing the most critical needs first.

    In the case of a person with mobility or medical problems, you should emphasize, in my opinion, three areas. First, creating a more resilient home as a hardened layer for self-defense. Second, if you have the option to move to a more secure location, early recognition, and action on the need to evacuate through effective situational awareness.

    Last, meeting the requirements of the survival pyramid such as medical needs, environmental control, water and sleep, food, and society.

    Creating a More Resilient Home

    While many people romanticize bugging out, the truth is most people will be better off staying inside their homes as long as possible. Your home has more storage than does your bug-out bag.

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    What is SHTF? Examples, Meaning & Best Survival Tips (2022)

    What is SHTF? Examples, Meaning & Best Survival Tips (2022)

    Many people have preconceived ideas about what is SHTF that are based on fantasy, lack of experience, and misconceptions. And, it's those misconceptions, if not prepared for and corrected, that will lead to their struggle, suffering, and in many cases, death when the shit hits the fan.

    Fortunately for everyone, there are survivors alive today who can share their years of experience and lessons learned from living in and surviving real-world shit-hits-the-fan scenarios. And in today's podcast and article, we're fortunate to have one SHTF survivor here to share his experience and speak about the mindset of SHTF survival.

    That SHTF survivor is Selco, who survived years of SHTF in a Balkan city under siege. Selco is an SHTF author, course creator, and regular contributor to The Organic Prepper and is here to share a wealth of SHTF survival information to help make each of us more safe, secure, and prepared.

    So, don't delay! Get started with leveling up your SHTF preparedness game today!

    What is the Definition of SHTF

    I have this in-depth article on the SHTF meaning, where I show that Dictionary.com defines SHTF by stating, "Shit hitting the fan refers to the ultimate consequences of something turning out, well, s****y."

    That's a pretty obvious answer when defining what is SHTF. However, when it comes to personal experience, Selco has years of first-hand experience living in and surviving a long-term SHTF scenario. And as a long-term SHTF event is a series of individual SHTF scenarios strung together, Selco is a definite SHTF survivor.

    The SHTF Definition

    Based on his experiences living in a shit-hits-the-fan situation, Selco has two definitions of what SHTF is - one for non-preppers and another for preppers.

    For non-preppers, Selco's definition of SHTF is:

    "An event or situation that overwhelms services and resources."

    When it comes to preppers, Selco defines SHTF as:

    "The moment when people realize there are no repercussions or punishments for their actions."

    I believe Selco's two definitions of what is SHTF can be combined into one definition of SHTF.

    The Definition of SHTF:

    "An event of a situation that overwhelms services and resources, resulting in a collapse of civil order and society."

    Personal Experiences in an SHTF Situation

    Selco's personal experience is one in which, as his society and the rule of law collapsed, elements of organized crime and others filled the vacuum. In turn, criminal elements took over within a month of the collapse of the rule of law. This led to increased violence and daily struggle.

    Based on his experience during such a scenario, Selco points out that the moment criminal elements realize there will be no consequences for their actions should indicate to non-criminals that they are in an SHTF event.

    I feel that Selco is describing what Thomas Hobbes views as a person's life in the "state of nature," which he proposes will be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." The "state of nature" is, in Hobbes's belief, the state of human existence without the rule of law and civil society. We're talking total breakdown here - the Shit Hit the Fan.

    In Selco's case, his SHTF scenario began the night the last of the police force stopped showing up to work, and from the moment lawlessness started in the streets, armed groups acted without fear of repercussions.

    Two Periods of SHTF Violence

    Selco noticed two distinctive periods of violence as the SHTF situation developed as the lawlessness rose. The two periods of violence in a shit hits the fan environment are:

    Early violence is "sporadic and crazy violence."

    Later violence is "organized violence with patterns."

    Why Prepare for an SHTF Event?

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    143: Thirdworldization of the U.S. and the Stages of a Collapse

    143: Thirdworldization of the U.S. and the Stages of a Collapse

    I’ve been writing about Thirdworldization since the 2008 financial crisis. It is the process where the structures that support the system in developed nations become inefficient, crippled, and society decadent and belligerent. In this article, I talk about the dynamics of Thirdworldization, the intermediary stages of collapse, SHTF misconceptions - and how these things interconnect.

    Historian Victor Davis Hansen nails Thirdworldization down with perfection, so I’ll kick this off in style by quoting him:

    “In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a “systems collapse.” The term describes the sudden inability of once-prosperous populations to continue with what had ensured the good life as they knew it. Abruptly, the population cannot buy or even find, once plentiful necessities. They feel their streets are unsafe. Laws go unenforced or are enforced inequitably. Every day things stop working. The government turns from reliable to capricious if not hostile."

    The Collapse Does Not Look Like Mad Max

    People believe civilizational collapse looks like Mad Max.

    It doesn’t, I assure you. Not based on history, and not if we’re talking about man-made crises, which is what we’re going through, and the central theme for this article. I should know because I was born and lived most of my life in a country forever plagued by economic, political, institutional, and social volatility.

    Brazil isn’t a Third World s******e. Far from it, my country is a vast land, blessed by great weather and immense, varied natural and human resources. We’re the 10th largest economy in the world. But thanks to inefficiency, bureaucracy, corruption, and short-sightedness, much of this wealth gets wasted, squandered, and poorly distributed.

    This creates severe distortions with damning consequences: high levels of inequality, injustice, poverty, crime, and social divisiveness. This makes every day a lot more fluid, unpredictable, and difficult for a significant part of the population. Slow-burning SHTF is “normalized hardship.”

    This is what I see now taking place in the US, Europe, and much of the world. It’s a result of the corrosion of the social, political, institutional, cultural, and financial pillars from decades of abuse and corruption of this arrangement.

    Those are the causes, but the consequences matter a lot more.

    Consequences Over Causes

    On that, I see some misconceptions about the dynamics of SHTF. And this is critical because building plans and strategies around false assumptions can undermine preparation.

    For instance, the idea that the entire system can crash down at once, abruptly, or over a short period. Sure: it can happen in large-scale natural cataclysms. However, the consequences are limited to the local affected, and resources and surpluses can be channeled to places in dire need.

    Crises brought about by human action, on the other hand, are cyclical, often protracted, and long-winded. The frog boils slowly. It’s an overused cliche, but true nonetheless. And that’s not to make light of disasters, just pointing out the differences.

    Anyway, things reach a tipping point and flare up, eventually shaking or even toppling the status quo. What happens, in reality, is a process in which decadence sets in, and the system gets overwhelmed, then rearranged. This impacts the standard of living first and the quality of life next of larger portions of the population and is seen and felt as an SHTF situation. Rightly so.

    The Decline Takes Time

    However, no developed, developing, or underdeveloped country ever dives into chaos overnight. There’s no jumping from the current system straight into a medieval one.

    Bartering is one classic example.

    There’s a lot of talk about how large stockpiles are critical for survival and how su...

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    #142: Single Moms, Record Inflation, Global Unrest & Populism

    #142: Single Moms, Record Inflation, Global Unrest & Populism

    In this episode, I discuss a listener question about preparedness for single moms, record inflation, and the global unrest that may be leading to the rise of populism and the potential for conflict.

    Updated and extended show notes coming soon!


    Stay safe!

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    Food Forest Abundance: Self-Reliance & Success with Jim Gale

    Food Forest Abundance: Self-Reliance & Success with Jim Gale

    In a world where the population is constantly growing, finding more effective ways to produce food is becoming more critical. One solution gaining popularity through organizations such as Food Forest Abundance is the self-sustaining food forest.

    A food forest is a self-sustainable ecosystem in which plants and animals can work together to produce food. Unlike traditional farming methods, there is no need for pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals. This makes food forests more environmentally friendly and better for the health of those who consume the produce.

    Who is Jim Gale?

    On the surface, Jim is a practitioner and believer in sustainable living, freedom, and helping people to live their best lives.

    Jim is also the face and driving inspiration of Food Forest Abundance, a site dedicated to helping empower people to become more self-reliant and free through a three-step process.

    Learn what you need both physically and mentally to become self-reliant during emergencies.

    Improve your self-reliance by producing your own food.

    Round out your preparedness by becoming energy independent.

    Jim has succeeded by leading a life of introspection, intentional goal setting, and focused effort.

    Food Forest of Abundance - Declaration of Freedom!


    In his introspection, Jim believes in listening to the voices of honest criticism when they add "value to his life, family, community, and world." It's his in-depth evaluation of himself that allows Jim to refine his perspective and, in so doing, achieve his goals and stay on the right path.


    Jim's goal-setting mindset began in college and, over one weekend helped transform him from a red-shirt freshman wrestler to the captain of the team and national champion.


    His focus on goal-setting can best be summarized by a quote from Napoleon Hill: "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." (Source).

    His introspection, goal-setting, and focus have allowed Jim to design freedom for himself and his family.

    In so doing, Jim has traveled a path from college wrestling to founding a billion-dollar business and on to living his best life with Food Forest Abundance.

    What is Food Forest Abundance?

    Food Forest Abundance is the realization of the concept of establishing self-reliance enhancing food ecosystems for the individual and family.

    Through the food forests module, Jim and others provide inspiration and solid guidance for people to create food forests that lead to an abundant society and food security through edible landscapes.

    Why is the Concept of a Food Forest Important?

    In our current age of increasing food instability, food forests and the ability of individual families to produce their own food are becoming increasingly important.

    Having your food forest allows you to design freedom from needing regular trips to the grocery into your lifestyle.

    When that happens, you not only lead a healthier, lower-cost life, you lead a life of improved confidence and self-reliance.

    How Much Food Can a Food Forest Produce?

    To figure out how much the food forest abundance philosophy will yield when growing your food in a food forest ecosystem, let's start with a single fruit tree.

    One fruit tree can produce 250 - 1000 fruit per year. So, let's assume our peach tree has 250 peaches. Besides being 250 peaches worth of food to eat, that is 250 peaches of value.

    Is food scarce? The value of those peaches goes up. And, even during non-inflationary times, the peaches will have a value that is often a 100% return on investment.


    Guilds are a community of plants supporting one another's growth and sustainability. When plants are grouped in guilds,

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    10 Best Bug-Out Bag Essentials List & Guide (2022)

    10 Best Bug-Out Bag Essentials List & Guide (2022)

    When it comes to Bug-Out Bag Essentials, seasoned preppers know that having a survival kit with the right gear can be the difference between life and death in a natural disaster or other survival situation.

    In this article, podcast episode, and guide, I'll discuss the ten essential pieces of survival gear you need to include in your bug-out bag.

    If you want to be prepared for any eventuality, check it out and follow the link to get your free guide today!

    Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links that I may receive a small commission for at no cost to you if you choose to purchase a product through a link on this page.

    What is a Bug-Out Bag (BOB)?

    A go-bag, also known as a Bug-Out Bag (BOB), is a portable emergency kit that, if properly planned, should contain everything you need to survive away from home in an emergency.

    The contents of a bug-out bag, (go-bag), vary depending on individual needs and should cover the basics dictated by the goals of preparedness and the survival pyramid.

    Go-bags are designed to be grab-and-go, so they should be lightweight and easy to carry. Many people keep their go-bags in their car, near the front door, or at their workplace, so they're always prepared in an emergency.

    The key to a well-packed bug-out bag is to cover the ten essentials and tailor the remaining contents to your specific needs and situation. Being prepared with an effective go-bag can increase your chances of survival in an emergency situation.

    The Goals of Preparedness

    Your bug-out bag should be planned and packed so that it is a force multiplier in assisting you in meeting the goals of preparedness. The three goals of preparedness are survival, minimizing unwanted struggle, and living your best life.

    1. Survival

    The first goal of preparedness is to survive. After all, if we don't survive, that's it in this life, and it's time to skip ahead and confront the great unknown.

    2. Minimize Unwanted Struggle

    There are two types of struggle in life - wanted struggle and unwanted struggle.

    Our wanted struggle is the struggle we willingly accept, such as having a family, going to school, exercising, eating well, and preparing for future unwanted struggles.

    On the other hand, our unwanted struggle is the struggle that we would rather avoid. Unwanted struggle includes illness, being the victim of crime, an unexpected job loss, etc.

    In the end, while we can learn from all our struggles, minimizing the unwanted struggles sets up to achieve the third goal of preparedness.

    3. Live Your Best Life

    Surviving sets us up to be in a position to minimize our unwanted struggles. Likewise, minimizing our unwanted struggles gives us a better chance to live our best life possible.

    With that, living our best life is, in my opinion, the ultimate goal of preparedness. After all, what's the point of surviving and minimizing our unwanted struggle if it's not to live our best lives possible?

    The Survival Pyramid

    My Survival Pyramid provides an essential, needs-based hierarchy for achieving the goals of preparedness.

    In other words, the Survival Pyramid provides a structure for understanding what needs should be addressed and in what order your needs should be addressed.


    For example, the survival pyramid teaches that you must be aware of a problem (1/3 of a second without situational awareness) before you can do anything about the situation.

    Similarly, your need to deal with a rapidly evolving threat in less than three seconds through self-defense takes precedence over your need for a first aid kit, a sleeping bag, or a water filter.

    What Items Should Be in a Bug-Out Bag?

    Bug-Out Bags and Weight Considerations

    When packing a bug-out bag,

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