13 Skills – About

13Skills.com is the Home of the 13 in 13 Challenge Sponsored and Created by The Survival Podcast. Join us as we help to restore a can do spirit to our modern world by committing to learning 13 new life skills in 2013.

The 13 in 13 Challenge is a call to develop or drastically improve your personal skills in the coming year. These skills can be any hands on practical skill from ancient skills like flint napping to traditional skills like trapping and hunting or even technical skills like graphic arts or computer programming.

Our modern society has become a world of specialists who can do one thing very well but can no longer accomplish simple tasks like growing a garden, changing a tire or fixing a hole in wall. In the words of Robert A. Heinlein…

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

In that spirit please join with us in making 2013 a year of personal growth and improvement.

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Grasshopper to Ant / Financial

Back on December 7, I began writing about “Starting the Journey from Grasshopper to Ant:”

3.     Journal your spending and your eating

The first true action step.  I have been tracking spending in various ways throughout the years, fooling around with various budgeting systems.  The suggestion made here was to use a simple notebook and writethese things down.  I had an old notebook that I will start with and fool around ideas, but I splurged a little bit and got a cool new Moleskine notebook for this experience.

Apparently I will be tracking ALL spending.  No receipts necessary, regardless of spending or account.  ALL spending gets documented.  The purpose of the journal is to assess where the money goes over a 30-60 day period.  Working from the back of the notebook forward, I will be tracking and keeping a journal of what I eat.  The only thing that gets tracked of what gets eaten at HOME.

For me, I will also include what I eat during the day during my lunch as I pack food from home.  It is not necessary to journal restaurants.  It is only to be used as identifying what we eat.  Moreover, anything that is eaten that can also be stored and does not require refrigeration or freezing should be highlighted.  Very simple.

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Currently, I have been tracking my spending, but have been a little slack on tracking my eating.  Tonight I am spending some time playing “catch up” so I can be practice being a bit more diligent with this.  At any rate, this is part of my attempts towards more awareness with my own financial situation, paying off my debts and building up some savings as soon as possible.

Recent decisions to move back to Ohio has me motivated to get my finances back on track ASAP!

Stay tuned.

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About

13Skills.com is the Home of the 13 in 13 Challenge Sponsored and Created by The Survival Podcast. Join us as we help to restore a can do spirit to our modern world by committing to learning 13 new life skills in 2013.

The 13 in 13 Challenge is a call to develop or drastically improve your personal skills in the coming year. These skills can be any hands on practical skill from ancient skills like flint napping to traditional skills like trapping and hunting or even technical skills like graphic arts or computer programming.

Our modern society has become a world of specialists who can do one thing very well but can no longer accomplish simple tasks like growing a garden, changing a tire or fixing a hole in wall. In the words of Robert A. Heinlein…

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

In that spirit please join with us in making 2013 a year of personal growth and improvement.

Taken from:  http://www.13skills.com/about

What skills are you going to learn?