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Great advice from -Emergency- author Neil Strauss

November 3, 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka

A few weeks ago when I was in Africa, I had a great conversation with Neil Strauss, author of Emergency.

Neil Strauss, author of Emergency, interviewed by Simon Black of from Simon Black on Vimeo.

In his book, Neil tells a very compelling story about the awakening he had years ago when he realized that the system in place-– our banks, government, jobs, logistical infrastructure, etc. are all interconnected and depend on a well-functioning symbiosis.

This system, however, is very fragile. If unexpected, tumultuous events occur, then suddenly the government, banks, emergency services, corporations, and even basic infrastructure wouldn’t be there to support the people.

Neil reached this conclusion after watching the government’s reaction to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and his initial reaction was to ask, “Am I prepared for what else may come?” At the time, the answer was decidedly ‘no’, and this generally leads to fear.

Fear is a very powerful emotion, and people deal with it in different ways. In Neil’s case, he started doing a lot of research about the potential problems, and then he put himself on a path to become better prepared.

For instance, he wanted to have a ‘backup country’ in case things got really bad in the US, so he set out to acquire second citizenship in St. Kitts. He was also concerned that basic infrastructure like water and electricity may fail, so he went to survival school and learned a series of incredibly valuable skills.

Neil’s preparation gave him shatterproof confidence in the way that he deals with the world now. It’s possible that his nightmare scenario may never occur, but he’s much better off as an individual for having made the efforts to prepare.

As he said in his own words, “no matter what happens, they can never take your skills away from you.”

The conversation we had was very interesting, and he allowed me to record it and share with you. I had to spend the last few weeks getting the audio cleaned up, but you can now take a listen by click on the video below. I hope you enjoy it.

About the author: Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler, free man, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter and crash course is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom.

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  • Btnaylor

    Hi Simon,Love your site! As to Strauss, he may be OK on his “pick-up” books (although they never worked for any of my friends), I was a Ranger, and my son was a SEAL, and we both read his book, and independently came to the same conclusion: .

    • Kingwowns

      Btnaylor – good comment – have you any recommended reading in that case? Obviously, being unread in this area I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a charismatic fool and a well-educated survivalist!

      • CavScout

        Read When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin. Its a great start. No bullshit…talks about everything from how to store food to how to build a latrine to how to dispose of your dead granny.

      • Jctable2003


    • Tbrown

      Yes, please educate us!

    • Myleaperry

      To Btnaylor,
      Could you paraphrase your conclusion?
      It was edited out, and with your background and your son’s, I’d really value your commentary.
      MP THE MT

  • Jdawg

    So… can you own a firearm in St. Kitts?

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