Are You Living a Strategic Life?

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: June 28, 2019
Are You Living a Strategic Life?

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A couple of years ago, my friend George Ure ( and I sat down and wrote an e-book titled 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times.

To this day, our little e-book remains something that the two of us are quite proud of and something that we both use as a personal roadmap to living our self-reliant lives in an upbeat and positive manner.

Here is what one reviewer said about our book:

11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life is the meaty bones of wisdom boiled down to a condensed, protein rich broth. Tasty, witty, not a lot of froth, just the facts on what it takes to live your life independently, deliberately.

To get our book at the bargain price, all you need to do is click on the picture of the book above and you are good to go.


Did you know that you do not need a Kindle to download and read Kindle e-Books?  Amazon has made it easy for you by offering a free Kindle app for almost every device you can think of including all sorts of e-Book readers, tablets, smartphones and of course, a PC or laptop.

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I am going to leave it up to you to download and read the book – it is light reading and won’t take long.

I do want to mention, however, that the book started out with ten steps, not eleven.  The last step came about while we were sitting on my porch drinking Mojitos (or “Mo’s, as George calls them) and lamenting our collective to-do lists.  That is when we came up with the 11th step, aptly titled “The LOSTD”.

LOSTD stands for the List of Stuff To Do.

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As Prepper’s, this last step is important because for most of us, our personal LOSTD is lengthy and never ending.  As we work to become self-sufficient and prepared, there is always another skill to learn and another item to purchase. Being overwhelmed, intimidated and ultimately procrastinating is common.

In the 11th step, George and I encourage you to write down the things you want to do for that day and that day only.  Get those things done and you will have spent a day made up of well-spent hours.  It is as simple as that.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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