I get asked a lot of questions. I mean a lot of questions. I spend a good part of every morning replying to questions asked via e-mail and voice mail. I get asked a lot of questions at our training courses here as well. I also get asked a lot of questions at speaking venues and book signings. I never get tired of them and am always happy to share whatever knowledge I have about whatever the subject that is being discussed.
Out of all the questions I get asked, there is one question I get asked most often…
How did you make your dream of becoming a survival instructor a reality?
Many ask this question, or some version of it. Some, it seems, are more interested in this topic than survival information. I always find that interesting and because it happens so often, I’m convinced there must be something to it. I thought I’d take a moment to tell a little bit about my story and maybe shed some light on exactly how my career came to pass and how, in fact, I made it happen. The last few words of the previous sentence are written with intention. Notice I didn’t write ‘and how it happened’. I wrote ‘ and how I made it happen’. It’s that small difference that can determine whether or not something comes to pass. We’ll get into more of that later. For now, let’s start at the beginning.