Who Is Jack? An Introduction to One Half of SurvivalMen

Contrary to Matt, who lives the crazy jungle life on his ranch in Costa Rica, I am just your typical over-educated urbanite, residing in Florida, with his wife and soon to be baby girl. Basically, the only thing that sets me apart from the bulk of the population here in the United States is a passion for self-reliance, the outdoors, and survival.

This passion is partially attributed to my parents, a couple of West Virginia natives (insert family tree with no branches joke here).  As a kid growing up in upstate New York my Mom was always canning, composting, or recycling something, and my old man was always dragging my brothers and me out hunting, fishing, camping, or to the local watering hole for cheese burgers and orange juice.  Looking back, I feel pretty lucky to have had the childhood that I did, because these days it seems like the only outdoors most kids see are the animated forests on World of Warcraft.

As I got older my passion for the outdoors grew into a passion for sports, specifically cross country and track, which I competed in all through my high school and undergraduate college years.  To this day, I feel that competing at the state and national levels in running has been one of the biggest influences on why I am the man that I am today.  The tenacity and inner strength that I developed during those years of intense competition, in a sport that relies solely on your ability to perform, have played a huge part in developing my current self-reliant mindset. The other major factor in developing this mindset has been my family.  When I made the decision this past year to take a wife and start a family I knew that my life would never be only about me again.  With this in mind, I made a promise to myself to learn all that I can in order to provide for them through any circumstance.

So why start a website about survival and self-reliance?  The short answer is, as much as I hate to admit it I will not be able to provide the quality of life that I want for my family and me completely on my own if things get crazy. Whether it is a natural disaster, catastrophic attack, economic collapse, or something else, I realize that I’m going to need some help, and not just any help. I’m going to need help from people that have put a high priority on learning to be self-reliant in their own lives like I have. I’m going to need people that know how to provide clean water, nutritious food, and shelter for themselves …instead of just buying it …and these basic skills are becoming a lost art these days in our fast paced consumer driven society.

So why start this website now?  I’m kicking this off now because my motivation to cultivate a network of like-minded individuals has finally achieved critical mass.  Two years ago I wrapped up my Executive Masters in Business and Administration, and it was an eye opening program to say the least.  Studying all facets of business in depth, during a time when the economy was in shambles, really advanced my desire to become self-reliant.  Fueled by this knowledge my last two years have been spent taking my plans and preparations to the next level, part of which involves helping others in there planning, and building a community.

I am excited to put forth the knowledge that I have learned from my thirty one years on the planet in hopes to make a difference in how we as a society think and act on a daily basis.  I am also excited to build a community that is comfortable bringing their ideas to the table for the betterment of everybody.  Talking like this makes me think of a cheesy t-shirt that my track team was issued in college “TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More”.  It’s definitely cheesy, but there is a lot of merit to it when you think about it.  Well, now that you know a little about me, tell me about yourselves in the comments.  Have a great day!

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