Tips from TV: Channel Your Inner Survivorman


When in survival mode, and as soon as possible, Les Stroud, host of the Survivorman TV series, takes stock of the assets he has, things that can help him survive.

He has three zones he reviews: the first is what he has on him or close at hand. This includes clothing, food he has in his daypack or backpack, and the tools or other items he has in his pockets. Also he reviews the skills, abilities, and knowledge he has.

The second zone is the area immediately around him such as the environment and what’s in it. Is he in a forest or the desert? Are there trees for shelter, bushes and smaller plants that may produce edible berries or leaves? Is there a source of fresh water nearby?  Does he have some type of vehicle, such as a snowmobile, dirt bike, or car that has pieces he can repurpose for his survival and rescue?

The third zone is the greater area in which he finds himself and what he knows about it. For instance, in one episode he was stranded on a snowy mountain road in Sweden. He knew that the common practice was to have sheds and small cottages in the woods that are specifically for stranded hunters and lost travelers. Usually these structures are equipped with basic supplies: wood for the woodstove or fireplace, some non-perishable food, a few cooking utensils, and a cot with blankets or a sleeping bag.

After taking stock of the three zones, and before he takes any action, he thinks about the ways he can use items in the three zones to survive and how he can use them to make it easier for rescuers to find him. He comes up with a plan and then begins.

Your homework today is to channel your inner Les Stroud. Take stock of where you are in your quest to achieve your dreams: where you’ve come from, where you are now, and where you’re going. Think of these in relation to the three zones: what you have on you or close at hand, what is in your immediate environment, and what you know about your world.

Are there tools and resources that you’ve forgotten about such as skills and knowledge you acquired as a kid? How can you re-purpose them, use them in different ways that can help you move forward?

What do you know about the larger world and Life in general? How can you use this to help you? What opportunities do you see that are perfectly suited to your skills, knowledge, and talents?

Come up with a plan and then take action!

And, as you’re doing your review, remember to note the progress you’re making. No matter how small or humble all forward movement counts. It adds up and, over time, will take you to your dreams!

Yay you! I knew you could do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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