xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' If it is to be... ~ The Prepared Guy

Thursday, July 25, 2013

If it is to be...

... it's up to me!  This is a motto that I live by.  What this statement means to me is that I am the only one responsible for my own success or failure.  There is no one other than myself to blame if I don't get things right and I don't look to anyone else to be accountable for what is mine.  This is not to say that I have not received assistance to get through tough times in the past.  The receiving of charity is just as important, although possibly more difficult, as giving.

Being prepared is about giving.  Receiving is about learning how to be better at being prepared to give.

More than a few times I have had people ask me why I carry a firearm.  First of all, I don't feel the need to justify my actions or decisions to anyone.  My answer, to those I choose to teach a little something about myself, is that I don't depend upon anyone else for my own personal protection or that of my family.  Relying solely on others, including local or federal resources, is foolish.  Why would you not help yourself and the others under your stewardship when you have the ability and means?  It takes the desire to make a decision and then the actions of moving forward with your preparations.

Part of my process to become a responsible father, husband, son, brother, friend and neighbor has been for me to take on things that have been unfamiliar to me.

When I first decided to carry a firearm concealed I did not know much of what I now know.  Just like any learning process in life the process of becoming prepared and to make tough decisions has been a fairly long process for me.  My first firearm selections were not the best ones.  I bought and sold a number of handguns that I thought were good choices at first but as I learned and practiced more I was able to make better decisions.  I hope you don't feel that mistakes are always bad.  Making mistakes allows you to learn, correct them, and then hopefully make fewer mistakes.

My point is that if we do not step up and make decisions and take actions for ourselves and our families, whether good or bad, whether right or wrong, we don't make much progress toward becoming prepared.  Being prepared lends to self-sufficiency which should be the ultimate goal of all of us 'peppers'.


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The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a Prepared Guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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