Thursday, March 15, 2012

Riverwalker’s Top Ten Intangible Survival Skills

There are some items that can’t be put in a survival kit. These are the skills that are developed through knowledge and experience. Once these intangible skills have been developed, you will have an overwhelming and very distinct advantage in any crisis.  

Riverwalker’s Top Ten Intangible Survival Skills

1. Knowledge - This is the foundation for all your intangible skills. The knowledge you acquire can form a basis for proper action in any crisis or survival situation.

2. Common Sense - This is the guide for applying your knowledge. Using common sense as a guide may help prevent you from doing something that could have disastrous consequences in a crisis.

3. Attitude - Attitude is everything. With a positive attitude, there are few obstacles to your survival that can’t be overcome.

4. Adaptability - This gives you the ability to accept a sudden change in your circumstances and to modify your actions to allow better control of those changes and turn them into a positive advantage.

5. Perseverance - This is what keeps you going when others have given up or lost their will to survive. It is what gives you the strength to keep going when things get tough.

6. Innovation - This is the practical application of your knowledge to meet your needs by developing a solution to your problems or to provide a means to overcome obstacles you may encounter.

7. Discipline - Good mental discipline is what will keep you focused on your goals and increase the chances for your survival.

8. Confidence - This is having faith in yourself and your abilities and knowing you have what it takes to survive.

9. Creativity - This is the power of your imagination that can provide valuable resources when none are readily apparent.

10. Wisdom - This gives your knowledge strength of purpose when combined with your experience.

Developing and using your intangible survival skills are a vital aspect of survival. They can help you effectively manage a crisis when there may be no other resources available and increase your chances for survival.

Staying above the water line!



John said...

I'm glad you focused on intangibles. They certainly shouldn't be left out.

riverwalker said...

To: John
I feel that being mentally prepared is important. Panic and uncertainty can be avoided if you are mentally prepared for a crisis.

Thanks John.


Ranger Rick said...

Great advice for the educated, intellectual, book reader type of outdoor enthusiasts but..I gotta tell ya when I first saw your ad or posting stating the "Top Intangible Survival Skills".. I thought it was going to be on something entirely different than what you listed there. I guess that's because I don't consider myself one of those E.I.B.R. type of outdoor enthusiasts and learned by hook & crook and hands-on. What else can I say other than I'm a high school drop out good ol'countryboy with only got a GT score of 94 but lots of common sense that helped me through 20+ years in the US Army as an Airborne-Ranger vet and now a retiree. LOL! - Yours truly..Ranger Rick Tscherne

riverwalker said...

To: Ranger Rick

Glad you stopped by and left a comment.

I was trying to put across the point that you have to be mentally prepared as well. One of the best and most important parts is the good old "common sense" which you mentioned.

Unfortunately when it comes to both urban and wilderness survival, your "thinking" skills are going to have a big effect on your survival.

While I don't spend as much time outdoors now as I did when I was younger, I'm going to have to gear up for a little more quality outdoor time as the grandson gets older. Need to spend some time with him outdoors and cover some of the basics like I did with my own kids.

Although, I wouldn't consider myself the "intellectual" type, I do try to read as much as possible when I can...which isn't too often right now. Every once in a while I actually learn something new and useful.

Thanks Rick.


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