Are You Ready For Disaster?

Welcome Instapundit Readers!  Please note that I do not claim to be a preparedness expert, and would like to encourage your thoughts and comments, particularly anything specific to your neck of the woods!

Two days ago, my town was ravaged by a massive storm.  Trees were ripped out of the ground throughout the city, and thousands of us were without power for long periods of time.  It was ugly, though my community dodged a bullet since, despite the number of trees down, remarkably few were hurt.

Photo by Tim Patterson, From Flikr
Photo by Tim Patterson, From Flikr

Also luckily, the power outage at my place was from 10:30 pm to about 8:30 am, a time when most people are doing some sleeping.  However, it still reminded me of just how important it is to be prepared for situations like this.

I’m not talking about going full on prepper, though that’s not a bad way to be prepared for a nasty storm, but I am talking about the basic preparedness that even the United States government says you should take on.

Men, it’s in your roles as both provider and protector that you should take it upon yourself to make sure you’re prepared for such events.  However, I will also say that this isn’t just a man thing.  Everyone should be prepared for disaster. Continue reading “Are You Ready For Disaster?”

The Importance of Competence

Of the four core virtues I talk about in my book, competence may be both the easiest and hardest one for many to understand.  It’s easy to understand because it’s not rocket science to see the importance of being good at your job.  It’s hardest because, well, the Dunning-Kruger Effect is an actual thing.


Photo by Ken Walton
Photo by Ken Walton

The sad thing about competence, however, is that it’s far rarer than it should be.

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but in my hometown, competence is so unusual in some industries like fast food that it should qualify is a freaking superpower.  “Do you have x-ray vision?  No?  You’re competent at your job?  THAT’S AMAZING!”

The funny thing is that many of these are the same people complaining about wanting more money for their job because they can’t live off of minimum wage.  I get that, I really do, but if you suck at your job, what do you expect?  Hmmm?

With anything, the creme rises to the top.  It always does. Continue reading “The Importance of Competence”

Man As Provider In Lean Times

Bad things can happen.  Anyone can experience a sudden downturn in circumstance and it doesn’t matter what you did because sometimes, it really isn’t your fault.  However, as a man, you’re supposed to provide for your family.  When your means to support them disappears, what can you do?

Photo by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Photo by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Truthfully, that’s not really the time to figure things out.  At that point, there’s not really much else to do besides get a new job.  However, understanding this can happen well ahead of time will let you do a few things to deal with such times.

The most obvious option is to save during the good times.  Putting away sufficient money for six months worth of expenses is smart.  It may be easier said than done, mind you, but it’s smart.

One of your expenses is food, and you should put money away for that, but there’s something else you can do as well. Continue reading “Man As Provider In Lean Times”