As January winds to an end, you’re probably sitting there thinking about the resolutions you’ve made. If you’re like most people, the gym trips are already starting to not be a daily event and you’ve had at least one ‘relapse’ with the food you’ve sworn off. Maybe your resolutions weren’t food based. Maybe you just haven’t gotten around to starting on that new computer language you want to learn or you haven’t had time to start your journey into the world of cooking. Whatever your planned change was for 2013, you’ve probably experienced some setback with it. So what better time to check out 13Skills.com?
What Is 13 Skills.com?
13Skills.com is home to the 13-in-13 Challenge and was created by the folks over at The Survival Podcast as a way to help identify and acquire/master new skills. The website describes the challenge as:
…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.
The overall goal of the 13-in-13 Challenge is to provide an environment where you can concentrate on growing your skill set and becoming more self-sufficient. Obviously, simply by the fact that the site was created by The Survival Podcast, most of the skills have a survivalist or prepper theme to them. However, there is no requirement that you need to work on skills like that to be part of the 13Skills.com community. You can concentrate on physical fitness or work-related skills or simply find random things you want to learn or improve.
Just remember that the governing theme of the 13-in-13 Challenge is to provide a means of pushing you out of your comfort zone to learn skills you otherwise wouldn’t. What the site organizers want to avoid is people who are there just to ‘check the box.’ Jack Spirko, founder/owner of The Survival Podcast, drove home the point that this site and the corresponding challenge have been created as a means of improving this country’s ability to restore its skills and be capable of fixing or building things on their own. Self-sufficiency is something that has been lost in this country and the 13-in-13 Challenge is aiming to fix that problem.
How Do I Participate in the 13-in-13 Challenge?
We won’t get into the exact mechanics of the website here – I wrote a very in-depth article on that topic over at BigDansRamblings.com – but the simple answer to the question is: sign up! The 13-in-13 Challenge is open to anyone and free to sign-up for. You can check out the site, sign up and then follow folks who you are interested in. If you’re interested in following me, I go by LBSurfer on the site. The Backyard Pioneer goes by The Backyard Pioneer (shocking name, I know).
Once you’re signed up, you can start looking at the skills listed on the site and start setting up your plan of attack. My suggestion is measurable, timely goals. That means that you set up goals that can be measured to a certain time frame (i.e. do 800 pushups in January). This way you can perform regular reviews of your progress and readjust as time goes on.
In order to be a better person, you should have a constant desire to better yourself. The 13-in-13 Challenge allows you to commit to being a better person at the end of the year. You’ll make goals and work towards achieving them. You might reach them some and you might fall short on others, but the important thing is that you’re growing as a person.
Good luck on building yours skills in the 13-in-13 Challenge and be sure to let us know how your doing!
Editor’s Note: Dan is the owner and author of BigDansRamblings.com, a website he uses to document all his interests including suburban homesteading, emergency preparation, family life and outdoor activities. If you like this article and want to find out more about him, you can reach him on his website, Facebook or Google+.
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