My Parents Taught Me My Two Most Valuable "Survival" Skills

So today is the day. I will either "win" ALONE, or I will not. 

Although this is obviously what's on my mind now (and likely on yours), there's something I need to say before all is said and done. 

I learned my two most valuable "survival" skills from my parents. 

Now, these "survival" skills don't necessarily have anything to do with survival, but they have everything to do with endurance, ingenuity, and resilience. My parents have never been described as "outdoorsy." They have never been out camping for more than a couple of days at a time, and never without easy access to cheeseburgers. They only learned the term "bushcraft" when I explained it to them as my potential career path. 

I was reading in a book on leadership lately that a good leader is essentially a good parent. They care about the people they are leading, to the point of treating them like their own children. They put them first; far before themselves, and they're willing to sacrifice their own comfort and well-being for the sake of their family, or tribe, or "followers." For this reason, it came to no surprise that I realized my city-slicker parents are responsible for teaching me how to truly lead others (or myself) willingly, and courageously into the unknown. 


Growing up, my mom taught me to keep going, even when I was uncomfortable, or didn't "feel like" accomplishing anything. She taught me that our most challenging moments are when we need to rise to the occasion. It was okay to fail, as I did with school (and baseball, and anything else to do with a ball) but only after giving my best effort. After all, those who give their best effort and fail have achieved far more than those who have stayed inside their comfort zone and succeeded. 


The skill that my father taught me is probably the most evident to the viewers of ALONE. My dad taught me to keep a positive attitude and a smile on my face. My friends are always surprised at my ability to be joyful, even in the most uncomfortable, and difficult situations. I can easily say that it has nothing to do with me. My positive attitude is a special skill that I got from dad at a very young age, and something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. 

So as my future unfolds, and this whole survival show thing comes to a close, I find it important to give credit where credit is due. 

Thanks guys, and enjoy the show!

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Sam is a writer, adventurer, motivational speaker, and founder of Woodsong. In 2011 his practical experiences over many nights in remote wilderness areas inspired him to start this blog. Sam's adventures have lead him throughout North America where he has had the opportunity to learn from world-class outdoorsmen, and perhaps the greatest teacher of all, the natural world.




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