And that’s because we don’t want to be thought of as someone who constantly thinks about Armageddon, the End Of Days, Nuclear Holocaust and my favorite, a meteor hitting the Earth.
But my real question is -
Why is being prepared such a bad thing?
To answer this, let’s get to the root of why people scoff at all of these scenarios:
I mean is it really so hard to believe that a major catastrophe could happen to the 3rd Rock From The Sun? Floods, Earthquakes, Fires, Hurricanes, Tornadoes - these disasters have been happening for, literally, millions of years.
In fact, it’s far less likely you won’t come into contact with one of these fiascos during your lifetime than the opposite.
And the truth is, everyone knows this. All you have to do is turn on the news to realize the world is just insanely unpredictable.
So really, when someone is criticizing “prepping” they’re actually laughing nervously, because the laughter is a reaction to being clueless on what to do.
Which is why I don’t call it “prepping” I call it preparing.
So, what is wrong with preparing?
The answer - nothing!
It’s not weird, it’s not a joke, and the facts are right there in front of you - you are far more likely to face some sort of disaster in your lifetime than not. And you are far more likely to make it through that disaster if you are prepared for it from the beginning.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the stats:
- On average, over 76,000 people are killed by Natural Disasters every year
- Global average annual loss from disasters is roughly $174 Billion (with a capital B)
- There have been 10 recessions of the economy in the United States since 1949
- 2015 set the record for Wildfires in the U.S. with over 68,000 reported
- The average cost of a Cyber crime to the end-user is roughly $3,000 per complaint (per the FBI)
Now this is where people get scared and start thinking the end of the world is coming and we might as well sit on our porch and watch it happen or go live in a bunker until it’s over.
No, that’s where we need to take a stand. You and me, right here, right now.
The hard truth is stuff like this has been happening since the beginning of time!
Obviously not the Cybercrime, since that’s a pretty new development. But natural disasters have been striking the Earth for the past 4 billion years and people have been affected by it since the dawn of humanity!
The world is not ending - it’s just unpredictable.
That’s why it is important to be prepared - not to be a prepper.
People who are prepared understand the risks of an unpredictable world and do small things like go to the store and buy an extra case of water for $5 just in case a flood ever hits their town and they’re stranded.
That’s pretty crazy, right?
Did you say wrong? Good. Because it’s not.
In short - there is absolutely nothing wrong with being prepared for a potential disaster.
They happen all the time, and will continue to happen long after you and I are gone.
The difference is that someone like you who understands this, takes a couple minutes out of their day to prep an emergency kit, will move on with their life, sleeping peacefully at night knowing they did all they could to prepare.
Whereas the person who scoffs at this idea is actually scared about it and not doing anything.
I don’t know about you, but I like sleeping peacefully at night.
So I have always had at least 72 hours of water standing by, just in case.
And this is something I challenge you to do, this week.
The next time you go to the store, just add another pack of water bottles to your list. It costs about $5 and you will get peace of mind knowing that if you ever run out of water, you can survive no problem.
Do it, then let me know when you did!