Justin Carroll drops by to discuss what it means to be a competent prepper and why becoming an expert isn’t the right path for most preppers.


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Becoming an expert in survival sounds good, at first. There is the basic knowledge one will be required to spend a lot of time studying and practicing specific skills. To most, this is an appealing prospect; they have an excuse to dive deeply into an area of study interesting to them.

And becoming competent doesn’t have the same ring to it. Who wants merely to say, “I’m competent.” There’s no inherent or overwhelming sense of pride in boasting to friends and family of your competence.

But there is a strong case to be made for seeking competent status over expert status. And in this episode, we debate, deliberate, ponder, and pontificate on the importance of focusing on competence.

Competence Topics Discussed:

  • What is an expert
  • Why is seeking expert status dangerous
  • What knowledge gaps occur
  • The 10,000-hour principle, its pitfalls, and its misuse
  • What is competent
  • Why most preppers should seek to become competent

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