Today, I discuss how you can better prepare yourself for potential supply chain issues.
Supply Chain Issues
The supply chain enables goods to make it to consumers and businesses and encompasses transportation, packaging, resource gathering, material usage, etc.
The modern era’s supply chain is impressive and powerful yet fragile. If anything is severed in the process, such as wheat growth or oil prices, some items may increase in price or cease the exist. And our overly regulated and taxed economy makes it impossible for cheaper, local alternatives to become available.
How To Beat Supply Chain Issues
Supply chain issues arise when you cannot find a particular product. Because of the economy’s nature, some places experience supply issues while others do not. You should always anticipate shortages of needed goods or disruption in certain services.
Beating supply chain issues involves preparing for the future and increasing your options. Both actions require work through better habits and long-term thinking.
1) Understand what your needs and concerns are
“The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Everything starts by doing research. When trying to understand how to overcome supply chain issues, you must define what you need and what you have.
For example, an individual should not obsess over having different avenues to purchase a car, even though vehicles are hard to come by. Instead, you should determine how much food you need to eat, what foods you prefer, and where you can grab these items.
Focus your energy on determining what is important to you. If there are certain items you want to have, then find them. However, avoid prioritizing recreational things over food, clothing, and medicinal items. If you can account for the products you need to survive and remain healthy, you are in a better position than most.
2) Find multiple streams of suppliers for much-needed resources
With your list, you need to determine where you can find the items you need. You have places like your local grocery store, grocery store chains, Amazon, online shopping, farmers’ markets, etc. Your goal is to think outside the box to find different places to buy necessary goods.
Therefore, make a spreadsheet with the list you created. You’ll want to note where you can find various goods. For example, say you want hamburger meat. You know you can pick up a pack at your grocery store down the street. But what if the store runs out of meat? You should note at least three other places you can go to purchase hamburgers if your first option is unavailable.
Update your spreadsheet for everything you need, care about, and want. You should never assume something on your list should be ignored.
3) Stockpile needed supplies
Another option is to have more of an item, so if that item is harder to come by, you have a backup. For example, you have doubled your supply if you purchase two toothpaste tubes instead of one. This way, if you go to the grocery store next month and see toothpaste has been sold out, you already have a backup and don’t need to worry.
The same can apply to food. Say you’re worried about the price of meat. Buy in bulk now, then keep the excess meat in the freezer. This process protects you as the supply chain experiences difficulties and the prices rise because of inflation.
Having backups gives you more power over the system that will fail to meet your basic needs. Never feel badly because you wish to prepare. Weak individuals are glad to be victims of a system they know is broken and corrupt. Let them suffer in their foolishness.
4) Invest your time, energy, and money into independence
Your time, energy, and money are all tools for helping you accomplish your end goals. You can’t invest in your autonomy if you waste your time on propaganda or your money on knick-knacks.
There are many ways your resources can help you achieve independence. You can spend your time researching better habits to ensure you excel as an individual. You can invest your money in items such as generators, so you don’t have to worry about rolling blackouts. Or, you can use your energy towards gardening to cultivate your private food supply.
I’ve listed things that concern me and what I can do to fix them. For example, I worry about being without power, so I plan to invest in a generator. Or, I’m worried about the poor performance of police and how they struggle to supply protection to civilians. So, I’ve invested in a burglary system and other means to impede intruders.
You must listen to what troubles you. Your anxiety can give you direction towards where you can invest your resources.
You Do Not Have To Be A Victim of a Vice-Ridden Society
Individualism is about helping individuals become more self-sufficient. The world you live in is not concerned with stabilizing itself and ensuring your basic needs are met. The government will shut down businesses, devalue the currency, and allow criminals to do as they please. Such actions will have consequences on whether or not you can find food.
So, don’t play the fool. Supplies are harder to come by, even if you live in a more fruitful location. Spend a little money on the side to stockpile resources. Find alternatives to items you currently use, so you can go elsewhere if anything becomes scarce. Don’t pretend you live in a sane society that can protect and maintain a complex economy.
You must be prepared for the arbitrary decisions of a system not designed to serve you.
“Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.” – George Bernard Shaw
- Have you experienced any shortages? What is something you’re finding hard to obtain?
- How much food, grooming supplies, and other resources do you have? If you couldn’t go to the store for a week, would you be able to feed yourself and stay healthy?
- Where do you waste time, energy, or money? What can you do to prevent such waste?
Please remember that it’s important to do the actionables. You’re not on this Earth to simply read but to do. To become an individual, you must act more than you consume.
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