If you wish to survive a serious challenge or threat, the most important tool you will need is a Survival Mindset. “Survival Experts” push people prepare with things; weapons, food, and gear. The fact is that without a true survival mindset nothing that you have will save you. History has proven over and over in real crisis it is people’s perceptions that caused them to lose faith. Even in instances where people had the odds in their favor. Inevitably without the proper mindset they lose the will to live. People who were surrounded by months’ worth of food rations could not get themselves to eat because they were so sick of peanut butter, etc.
A proper Survival Mindset is much more than just a will to live though. It is about the:
Confidence that you have developed from testing and practicing. Skills that you have learned, enough skills that you have developed a level of wisdom. Wisdom that will allow you to overcome many challenges without depending upon others. Wisdom that allows you to remain calm while those around you are losing their heads. THE KEY TO YOUR SURVIVAL is the mastery of skills and the wisdom to understand the application of gear, supplies, physical, and mental effort. As you work and practice to develop the mindset you will slowly amass the tools and gear that YOU need.
If the challenge is a serious disaster where society has been decimated, at least for a while, the second most important component to your survival, Alpha or not, is a deep understanding of the human condition, social interactions, and sociology. It is my humble opinion that if everyone was taught sociology, real sociology, from the beginning, life would be much better for all. Ignorance of what make humans “tick” makes ignorant and even abhorrent behavior easy to rationalize.
The irrational notion that “things would be so much better without the government” is just simply wrong. It is likely that less than 5% of the population of most first world nations would not survive more than a few weeks to possibly 2 months.
Life would be 24/7 suffering and would not qualify as living in our current definition. The only hope for non-alphas to survive is to understand enough that they can join others to create a civil society, a governing structure and work together for common defense, liberty, and freedoms.
One caveat to the above paragraph is that those, the non-leaders/alphas, lacking the skill and or fortitude to lead have little to no understanding of what it takes to lead and hold a society together successfully. That is the inevitable challenge. In a free society, as soon as the “imminent threat” has faded, the “non-leaders” begin attempting to assert dominance and “control”. That leads to weakening of the structure the binds and secures the society from those who would harm or destroy it.
A final note:
It goes without saying that developing physical skills based upon factual recall (knowledge) is useful and will propel you to a better place. Once you have embarked on the thoughtful development of a mindset, learning, and perpetually practicing core skills should be the next goal. It is in fact, perennial act.