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SURVIVAL PRIORITIES | How to dominate overwhelming tasks in daily life and in survival.

SURVIVAL PRIORITIES | How to dominate overwhelming tasks in daily life and in survival.


and there we go and you guys made that
happen hey folks welcome to SURVIVOLOGY 101 I’m Norseman and in this video
we’re gonna talk about your priorities in a survival situation as well as a
little bit about the dynamic of group survival if you should happen into one
of those situations so stick around so this video was actually shot at the
local high school and I was asked to come in to the after school program and
teach a little bit about survival to some of the after school program kids
and I thought that’d be a great opportunity to just expose all these
children to the dynamic of you know the mentality of survival and in the mindset
that goes into it as well as some of the dynamic of group survival so that’s what
this video is it’s filmed in the classroom and then at the very end
you’ll see I do a demonstration for a bow and drill and the reason I did the
demonstration was I had them focusing on a task the whole time I was teaching the
class and that is they were building my tinder bundle from some jute twine so
they would understand exactly what it entails to take an ember and turn it
into a flame there’s more to the class this is just a segment of the class
the beginning of it the portion about the mindset so stick around watch the
class if you get anything out of it you know consider subscribing and sharing
this with somebody else you might be able to find some use in it and let’s
get into the video my name is Dave about people just call me Norseman I want you to just do the course of
teaching this class pick these things apart and make them about us fine as you
can possibly make just fill out the whole course try not to pull them real
hard your time into big knots make your time and not stare hard to get out we’re
trying to pick them apart to every single thread as much as possible
just shred them up and make a big old bird’s nest out of them because when
we’re done we’ll go outside and we’ll make a fire by rubbing two sticks
together and I need that to finish the task make sense all right cool
all right we look up at the board that’s me that’s just a bunch of my background
I just figured it was probably a good idea if I’m gonna stand up in front of
you and talk for an hour you know a little bit about me but I’m gonna breeze
over it real quick because I don’t want to waste too much time on it but
basically I was in the Marine Corps I taught survival and a bunch of sniper
stuff and it was really cool and then these are a bunch of schools that I went
to that we’re also equally cool a bunch of real cool advanced survival courses
and sniper courses and neato things like that oh there’s a little bit more
schools and then this is kind of what I’m up to now between the Articles that
I write for for magazines and my youtube channel so if you guys are like in
totally new YouTube I’ll hook you up with one of my cards and you can go to
my channel and like my stuff so I can get some more followers
I designed knives for a company I build knives from my own company we do leather
work my wife and I do and then and then I instruct and I do stuff like this and
I do stuff like other local schools there’s schools up and Sandpoint their
schools in Washington and I just volunteer and I come out and I teach to
students kids adults everybody it doesn’t matter to me
and it’s usually all in one way or another related to survival and
wilderness skills so any questions about that
pretty simple right okay the first thing we’re going to talk about I know all of
this stuff is like real cool and sexy and I can’t wait to get to the point
where we can start passing around and messing with it but the person we got to
talk about is our heads the psychology of survival because
survival is 90% mental when you’re going out and or you get lost or you get
isolated or lost in the woods and trapped or separated from your family
I it’s all about how you react to the situation it’s not about all of this
cool gear it’s about what you know and the steps that you take to save yourself
or to recover self recover so this right here is a really cool graphic that I
found and I threw up I threw that need background on it to kind of rough it up
but what this does is it’s just kind of a visual illustration of how far we’ve
gone to nothing because we start out as Apes we evolved into some pretty
critical thinkers up in here with engineers and farmers and now look it up
that’s Nick right there and that’s it so we’re right back to the chimpanzee mode
except now we’re electronically so that’s just kind of a visual looking
just like how far we’ve come and then what we’ve lost it right there in the
middle it’s like the peak of civilization and that’s where people
were doing all of this kind of stuff and they were using tools like this like
these are tools and they were using tools like this on a daily basis to the
point where making a fire with this was just as simple to those people as this
is to us now in fact they were probably better at that than most people are with
this it went out so this right here if you look at this triangle this is
something it’s you’ll see it if you get it go into college and you start
advancing on in your life it’s called Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and if you
take any business classes or any psychology classes or anything down the
road Maslow’s hierarchy of needs will be like at the elementary level it’s where
they start teaching you to learn but it’s real essential for survival if you
can kind of visualize this so these right here are your physiological needs
and that means stuff that your body needs to function and what would that be
shelter water well shelter doesn’t make you function
but it does keep you healthy water food that’s it right there essentially that’s
it food water warmth rest those are the things that you need and once you meet
those physiological needs then you bump up the ladder you bump up to the next
tier on that pyramid and what’s the next tier safety needs so
if you have met those four needs at the bottom now you’re concerned about your
own personal safety and if it’s a survival situation what does that mean well the shelter yeah you can it
reinforce it turn it into your own little private fort like a like you
would build in the woods right you want to make it your fort and keep all the
girls out and that kind of stuff or keep the boys out Sasha and uh and other
security stuff you would want to maybe set traps not traps to kill animals and
stuff but traps that warn you when things are getting close to you because
you know there’s bears and lions and cougars and all that kind of stuff
running around and you kind of don’t want to meet your camp so you want to
set things noisemakers and stuff that will chase them away so now you’re
working farther up that pyramid higher to your needs when you get up to this
third tier this is about the time where we’re not in a survival situation
anymore but for some people this is the most critical part of the survival
situation is that isolation because they meet once they meet these physiological
and safety needs this belonging this love needs intimate relationships
friends family all the people that you miss that’s what really tears them up so
if you ever watched survival shows on TV what usually causes those people to quit
the shows and go home is because they miss their family they miss their kids
they’ve never been away from home for longer than a week right I mean have you
seen that on the shows and that’s what it is it’s this middle tier right here
it’s it’s a comfort level because this right here is where we sit in most times
and then if you move farther up it it’s more about spiritual fulfillment it’s
like getting a job that you really really love and and moving on and
getting it a religion and doing things to fulfill your life like volunteering
in places and do it aid work that kind of stuff those are the needs at the top
so somewhere throughout our lives we’re always bouncing between these three
bottom needs always there’s always a level of imbalance there so whenever we
get to this bottom need then we’re in a survival situation if you’re hungry right now then
technically you are in a survival situation your body has a need and you
have no means to meet it right unless you got some snacks in front of you so
you’re prepared you’re gonna go you’re like my star student right now keep
prepared right so in and if you’re thirsty right now not a survival
situation because you have water right back there in the sink okay so these are
the ways that we’ve engineered our world so that we don’t have to fall into a
survival situation we don’t necessarily recognize when we’re in those sit when
we’re going in and out of those situations on a daily basis but the
truth of the matter is you probably go into and out of a little mediocre
survival situation about 15 times a day at some point you’re hungry you’re
thirsty you’re tired you need a nap those are your basic physiological needs
and your job is to meet those needs no matter what the environment is so
mindset the will to survive so you could read through these right here know
yourself your limitations basically that means don’t push things beyond what
you’re capable of love habla but the real key on this page is PMA does
anybody know what that is positive mental attitude if you have a positive
mental attitude at all times you can get through anything and there’s if there’s
a stark difference you’ll see between those people that are moping around the
subs I hate my life everybody needs me nothing at work and those that are and
those that are like yeah man oh man I screwed that up
hey hey let’s just try it again let’s do this again let’s try this again you know
those people succeed and those pessimists fail because of the positive
mental attitude and it’s no different in the wilderness when because you have no
shortage of failures when you’re trying to survive
I have no shortage of failures when I’m out there trying to do this stuff either
and I’ve got a ton of experience so somebody that doesn’t have experience
all you have to really really rely on is having that positive
mental attitude and that will carry you everywhere in your whole life always
think what good came out of this what do we do with our house every night at
dinner Nick right before dinner we all talk about what we’re grateful about
that day or time yeah just in general what are we grateful for what happened
today that we can have a positive send-off for the rest of the night so
anytime something happens for good or bad you should take a pause for a moment
and be grateful it’s not worse for one right like it can always get worse like
you might be cold wet and hungry but at least you’ll have a broken bone and if
you’ve got a broken bone at least you don’t have a stick going through your
side and if you have a stick going through your side it’s at least you’re
still breathing it can always get worse right so positive mental attitude and a
little bit of gratitude go a long way for a survival situation
so with that like that’s like the skills and the tools that you carry with you
everywhere you go you have that gratitude and that positive mental
attitude all the time and that that really is in a lot of cases 90% of
survival is just that perseverance and that willingness to to just beat the
odds so to drive on but it never hurts to prepare so here’s your priorities of
work in order formulate a plan there are some consistencies that need to be
understood essential to task organization allocation of resources the
rule of threes priorities of work and a throttle situation now I just breezed
through that because I really want to just get into your priorities and your
priorities if you end up in a survival situation which is when when’s a
survival situation anybody anytime that you have a physiological need and you
don’t have a means to meet that need that’s when you’re in survival
situations so essentially yes exactly is it so when you’re in a survival
situation you have priorities and what we think those priorities are food water
shelter health or medical right so if you felt on a broke your leg your
priorities probably not water your priority is probably putting
the splint on or bandaging up that wound and then moving into your next priority
right well fortunately there’s a really cool recipe to remember the rule of
threes or the priorities and that is the rule of three number three okay you have
three minutes without air now what would be a situation where you don’t have air
under water is probably a good one right be holding your breath you know hey
toddlers do it all the time I can’t have what I don’t what I want so I’m gonna
hold my breath but that’s what self-enforcing because they’re just
gonna pass out yeah and they’re gonna start breathing again because the body
knows what it needs and it’s gonna get it well what else maybe you’re in a snow
cave right maybe you’re in a snow a snow shelter that you build and it’s not
ventilated properly you got about three minutes without air suffocation so you
always want to consider the rule of threes in three hours without shelter
now what does that mean because I mean you’ve only been on the yard playing for
three hours right and you didn’t die I think that shelter is just something
easy to remember but what it really means is it means three hours exposure
to the elements so if those same three hours were spent and a snowstorm or cold
and wet you know in a real dry cold environment where you’re starting to get
wet or overworked and you still don’t have a shelter or any way to create any
warmth that’s where you’re talking about three hours it’s exposure to the
elements and in three days without water so and I’ll get a little more into water
later but anytime that you head out into the woods or pretty much anywhere is
kind of your goal to stay hydrated at all times so if you’re thirsty right now
you’re probably five percent be hydrated which is well on your way to death so
remember that whenever you’re thirsty drink drink drink but I’ll get more into
water in a minute hortence of it and in three weeks
without food so that’s another thing you see when you watch the survival shows
right everybody’s like oh man I’m in a survival situation I got fine food yeah
I got to get some food when the truth of the matter is they need to build a
shelter and they need to find water and food will come later it comes way down
the road and then three months without companionship and like I said that’s the
middle road right on our Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is that companionship
friendship does relationships you know connect you with other people and did
anybody see that Tom Hanks movie castaway was a castaway he’s out on the
island by himself yeah did you yeah Wilson is his was his connection but
what else did he have do you remember the other key there were three
characters in that movie that are memorable Tom Hanks Wilson and one more aha
that package like he was a o-p-s man and there was that package in this dis
little package right here even though it could have contained everything he
needed to survive what he needed was the mentality that I have to get home so he
kept that mentality if I got to deliver this package that’s my goal in the world
is to deliver this package and I will survive
and I will get off this island because I have to get this package where it goes
so sometimes just that little that might be enough driving force to push you to
completion you guys are doing awesome on those birds nests so that’s your rule of
threes so here’s your priorities based on your rule of threes in the first 24
hours that you realize you’re in a survival situation how do you realize
you’re in a survival situation if your physiological needs are met but
you can say that but that’s a really really hard thing to understand it’s
really hard to say man I wandered off the trail three hours ago I have no idea
where I’m at I don’t have any gear I don’t have any water left it’s really
hard to just say I messed up and now I’m in a survival situation that might be
the hardest part about survival is admitting that somewhere along the line
you messed up and now you have to start doing the hard work so keep that in mind
and then once you finally admit you might be into it for three days before
you finally admit that you’re in a survival situation and you have to start
doing the work and that’s where this comes in
your first 24 hours you should have shelter fire water and a rescue signal
that should be your goals you should build a shelter and you should build a
fire and they should be close to resources so they should be close to
water you should get you should find that
water and be close to it and then build your shelter and fire everything there
and then and then establish some sort of signal and I’ll show you some really
cool signals in a little while and your second 24 hours tools weapons Y tools
and weapons that’s your second tier of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs isn’t it
that’s the one that says I need security and safety so and those tools are going
to help you create and improve your situation as you go
you’re gonna need path guards that’s what I was talking about in case you
know Sasquatch comes in on you he’s gonna trip the trip the trip wire and
alert email alert yeah cowbell for sasquatch in the other and I and that’s
your path guards and then hygiene and maintenance you are going to want to
wash clean and take care of yourself and and medically do as much as you can to
ensure that you’re in good shape and then the remainder of the situation’s
the whole rest of the time you’re out there being three days or three months
or three years the whole rest of the situation is spent improving on those
first two days build a better shelter build a more reliable fire find a more
reliable water source find more reliable and redundant food sources and then just
keep building it up so until you build yourself
a Hilton Hotel then you’re probably not doing enough so there’s no reason to
ever be bored or idle you should always be improving on those two things
any questions there all right so these are survival training aids and it starts
with right on the top they’re realistic and challenging training and that means
going out and doing this stuff and it says realistic and challenging but
notice it doesn’t say dangerous so dangerous training are like some of the
guys you’ll see on youtube and they’re like oh I’m us survival master so I’m
gonna grab my bow and my drill and nothing else and go out into the woods
in a pair of shorts and I’m gonna survive and see you can do that but you
need to do it safely so I would suggest that when you start into your training
and you start learning these things set up a camp put a tent have a stove have
some food water everything you need a sleeping bag a radio or a phone so you
can call home and then go just outside your camp and try and live on this and
if you can’t and if you fail which is likely to happen for a long time until
you get the hang of it then you can always retreat back to your camp you
evaluate what you did wrong and then try and reap it and do it again supervised
hardships and that’s with that’s the kind of training you’ll get in schools
and and wilderness programs is you’ll get supervised hardships and that goes
right along with artificial stressors and what they’ll do is though you’ll
have a supervised hardship which means you have very minimal gear and your
artificial stressor is that you are lost or isolated when in reality you’re not
because you have instructors they’re looking over you so they add these
artificial stressors and then no but set factors you and a bunch set backers
because that’s real important that you push those out of your head a but set
you never have a but step more it could be like I would have made
a fire but step all the wood was wet yeah it’s an excuse but set factors are
just plain excuses so it’s just an interesting way to say no Lane excuses
you work you work if something doesn’t work then you figure out why I didn’t
it’s a science experiment every single exercise is a science experiment when
you’re doing it so you treat all obstacles as teaching and learning
opportunities so if I’m going out and I’m gonna use this for the first time to
make a fire and it doesn’t work then my job is to say okay where did it break
down what didn’t work what can I change or do differently or do better in order
to make it work and then slowly work your way through the obstacles and the
problems until you have success and then remember the things that you did to get
that success and then you can move on to the next obstacle and keep going and
that’s the real challenge right there that’s where that frustration comes in
and and people ended so temper your frustration with curiosity so when you
start getting frustrated doing these tasks the thing to do is ask why why did
this work why did this not work how do I do this how do other people do it what
have I seen before and just keep asking those questions and that’s how you
really work your way through these type of wilderness problems so failing to
plan is planning to fail anybody heard that before
yeah it’s a pretty common statement right family the plan is planning to
fail you probably heard it yeah so always have a plan and proper prior
planning prevents poor performance right so that’s what all those peas are at the
top and all those w’s and ages who what when where why and how the gut was a
military thing ignore that but what it is is when you’re going out if you’re
going out of the woods to go for a hike you’re going hunting you’re going for a
a backcountry carriage ride or car ride or horse backing or whatever you’re
doing where you could get lost or isolated that’s the point where you need
to have a plan and just you know jot it down who what when where and why you
know who’s going what are they going to do when we expect to be back
where where are we going why are we going out there just to ride horses or
just to see the wilderness or just to take pictures and and how you know
what’s our means of our plan in total you know how do we plan to get back how
do we plan when do we cannot when do we expect to be home and if we’re not home
what do you do fire out a signal flare and call the National Guard or you know
so have a plan and then share that plan because it doesn’t do any good if you’re
lost in the woods and you have a plan and nobody knows it right so one thing
you can do is you can write that plan if you’re in your car or whatever you can
write that plan out on a on a card and put it on the dash in your truck and
that way when the Rangers come through and they find your truck they’ll see
that plan and they’ll know at least where you were headed so that’s they
have a place to start looking for you in in the first place because they always
seem to find your car no matter what they always seem to find your vehicle or
the point where you stepped off or the point where you went out in the woods
and took a poop they just can’t seem to find you so if they know where you were
going at least and that gives them a good idea so make a plan and share that
plan with as many people as a listen to it and always the stuff is gonna go
criteria so with my plan and I’ve been in this situation that’s why I’m using
this as an example if my plan is to go up to 11,000 feet and camp at the at the
at the summit or not at the summit but short of the summit of Mount Shasta upon
the glacier and my plan is to get water from the glacier now I don’t have to
hike up the mountain 11,000 feet and carry water my plan is to get water from
the glacier and I only have to bring enough to get up there right so my go no
go no go criteria would be if that with the glaciers aren’t running if there’s
no water I’m coming back down because my plan is already broken so you
need to make sure that if you have plans to meet those physiological needs that
bottom tier of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs if you have a plan to meet those
physiological needs and that plan falls apart if you don’t have a back-up or
some sort of contingency that’s a go no-go go no-go
tyria that’s your no go and that means the deal is off we need to head back and
refit and kind of rethink this and plan a little bit better next time make sense
Allah alright and stick to the plan there you go you make a plan you stick
to it you can’t but set your way out of a bad plan alright any questions on that
I kind of wanted to push through the mindset stuff because I only get into
something a little bit more juicy here and now we’re gonna talk about group
survival insight in the psychology of survival itself because it’s really hard
to understand all of this and how valuable or invaluable it is if you
don’t really understand what’s going on in your own head so so these are just
kind of the things and I’m not going to go too heavy into group survival because
this is really more established for the military I want to get more into the
individual side of it but these are just kind of some key notes for things that
will influence the survival of a group in general because it’s different it’s a
different dynamic it’s a lot different for me to go out and survive by myself
than it is for me to go out with a whole group like this and survive with the
group because in reality if all of us together were stranded in the woods I’d
probably be in charge right yeah and I’d probably know what to do and I’d have
tasks for all of you and I’d be like you go do this you go do that you go do that
oh you’re not capable of that okay you go do that you go do something else and
I would keep everybody moving and working towards that ultimate goal of
what survival of make of meeting those bottom two needs on Maslow’s hierarchy
so that’s gonna be my goal when you’re out there by yourself you got to do that
all by yourself and it’s a little bit more of a stressor but when you’re
working with a group you have to include the group so you might notice that right
now I’m gonna go out and I’m gonna make a fire with this does anybody know how
to make a fire with these four items does anybody know what I’m missing out
of these four items the bird’s nest what you’re building for
me so that’s what you have to consider like I’m perfectly capable of building
that piece but if I’m leading group survival I want to get everybody
involved and it doesn’t matter that I’m capable of doing that what matters is
that might be the only thing that this person is capable of so you want to give
them a task that they can accomplish they can feel like they’re part of the
solution like they’re helping the whole groups of are like I made the bird’s
nest it made the fire it cooked the food that guy caught it kept us warm you know
what I mean like didn’t they feel like they’re contributing they’re a part of
this regardless if they are but it doesn’t do the group any good if you get
one attitude infection because they feel like I’m done I’m withdrawing from the
group I don’t have any use here all I’m doing is leeching off of the resources
that everybody else is providing I feel like a waste I feel like a loser blah
blah blah so you got to bring those people in and you got to include them in
the group and including in discussions and including the decisions and it’s
like hey what do you think we should do you know the guy might be a complete
moron he might be a complete moron and not have any good ideas at all but
you got to ask them you got to be like what do you think we should do hey man
that’s an awesome idea I’m gonna take that little piece we are definitely
gonna walk outside of camp all right what else you know and then you know
just bring them into it make them feel like they’re a part of it because you
just can’t push people out and that’s another thing you see on those shows the
shows are designed to pit people against each other there there’s an artificial
stressor that the producers put on the people that are in the show so that they
go head to head and if they had a show like that and it had real people into
that real survival experience and training they would all work together
and then we get the job done and the show would be extremely boring and
nobody would watch it because they don’t be like all right you know we know that
we know that Jim is a moron but we got to give Jim a task because we don’t want
him running off into the woods and giving them some drama to put on TV and
we want to keep this nice and smooth and even you know so that’s essentially the
dynamic of group survival you’re in a group if you’re in charge make everybody
a part of the group and that works in everything
life – if you’re in charge of a project at school or a project for your employer
or a big group project bring everybody in on it listen to everybody’s points
and then there’s a point where you actually have to make a decision and
start acting because you can debate it for months you know you can go back and
forth but there’s a point where the leader has to say good point good point
good point good point the point these are the pieces I’m taken let’s go
execute and everybody’s that yeah we had a we had a part in that we helped make
that decision whether they did or not it’s irrelevant you know as long as they
feel like they did that’s the important part and this is kind of the thing that you don’t have to be willing to examine
what works and what doesn’t work remember what I said about that brown
dust tonight and I want to keep moving air over but I want to blow on it
because my breath have moister so I want to just keep moving air over it until it
starts to glow cedar that nest that’s a good nest and once we see that orange glow yeah
yeah I’m gonna take that and go like this so I don’t smoke it’s a real gentle
so I’m gonna do it real gentle baby this can keep air moving over it when I
catch my breath and there we go and you guys made that happen so if you
have to do this with natural materials in the woods you want to try and make
those natural materials match that stuff that you just made or in this class that’s your goal if you have a bus to
catch don’t catch it thank you very much I
appreciate you guys being here and eventually it may go out all right well
thanks for sticking around I know that was a long one hopefully I kept it
entertaining enough to keep you interested in it and you’re here at the
end so I appreciate that I love you for doing that consider sharing this video
with anybody you think might get some use out of it I’m Norseman this is
survival G 101 and I’ll see you on the next one

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