How to Turn a Weakness Into a Strength

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Want to peek behind the curtain a bit?

When we do, here’s what we see.

Net worth

A graph that reveals everyone is getting poorer. While this is an analysis of the US economy’s performance, it’s a trend we see throughout the developed world.

Admittedly, the graph only covers the two years between 2009 and 2011 (there’s always a lag in analysis with big data like this), but this trend isn’t recent.

It’s a direction we’ve been going in for decades.  Indeed, median household wealth is less than it was in 1980!

The durability of this trend means that it doesn’t matter which political party is in control of our governments, they have all failed.

What does this mean?

This economic buzzsaw will devour an increasing number of us every year.

NOTE:  This decline is a big reason why many people are so anxious and fearful about the future.  They can feel the ground give way beneath their feet, but they can’t seem to identify the culprit.

How do we reverse this?  How do we become prosperous when the global system is dragging us down?

We turn a weakness into a strength.

One BIG weakness is many of us are burdened with is a house that’s simply an empty box that holds our stuff.  It’s actually a cost center and not a true asset.

To turn this weakness into a strength, we need to build resilient homes.

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A resilient home produces food, energy, water, and products.  It provides more options, sources of income, and insulates you  from failure.

When should you start?  Now.  Don’t wait.  The global economy isn’t.




JR Small

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  • Michael Grace

    “The durability of this trend means that it doesn’t matter which political party is in control of our governments, they have all failed.”

    When we can get everyone to really understand that, we will see amazing things happen. Resilience FTW!!

  • DC Sleeper

    I have always used my home as a base to make money from, somehow.

    It is good that you are exposing people to this principle.

    I enjoy your series, keep it up.

  • Ranvena

    Thank you for pointing out something that a lot of people don’t seem to pick up on.. that any political ‘party’ isn’t going to magically fix our lives. Great article thanks!

  • Sherry

    An important post, and I’m glad to share it.

  • Jeannie

    OOH! This is good! I’m doing a” searching and fearless” inventory of this place as though it were a business and the most surprising thing is how I get vague when observing stuff that’s inefficient! Thus far I’m pretty good with not a lot of stuff but what I’m squandering is all this space. Also surprising is that the shed where all tools and working outside stuff is is thus far the sweet spot…streamlined and very useable. The attic is empty but would make a great ham radio area except for the heat( I’m in Connecticut) The kitchen seems to be the hub but could work better for big stuff like canning and freezing projects. The front porch is completely unused but could be a great place to sell overflow from the garden..the living room is a total waste.. I’ve got these GIANT potted plants that sit in a window which would be perfect for the sewing machine and it goes on and on. Thank for the inspiring idea I’ll continue this process until all the waste is revealed !! Very good for character building

    • John Robb

      Jeannie, Sounds like you are definitely on the right track. JR

  • Brian Gallimore

    Like your articles and direction John Robb! Thanks for creating and sharing.

  • jorge juan

    Dear Jonh

    We are a community in Castilla, Spain, We are working in the building of a self sufficient prototipe that will be finish this September. We will work in open source.

    If interested, visite our blog: Pan y Trillar