The best way to approach self-reliance in everyday life seems to be slightly less serious, more easygoing: the hobbyist's approach. You can indulge it longer without tiring of it, so you tend to learn more. YouIf you're reading this blog, I can safely assume you have some interest in the more technical aspects of survivalism. If you are playing with radio as a hobby, especially Amateur Radio, GMRS, or CB, you are learning electronics, basic mechanical (antenna and go-kit assembly), computer science, and maybe alternative power generation. That actually makes you a little more educated in practical aspects of things than the average person. I speak from from over 30 years of experience as a techie both professionally and as a hobbyist.
also don't worry your friends so much; I mean, of course, those improvident right-hearted, wrong-headed friends who think your personal pilot-light has gone out because you intend to affect your own
destiny. When you approach self-reliance as a hobby, somehow it worries the dimwits less while teaching you more.
- Dean Ing, The Chernobyl Syndrome
What this means is that when things start going wrong, or we have the reset, you're going to be the person people will be coming to for getting things fixed or running again. You'll be the one making alcohol, or biodiesel, or electrical generators cobbled together with car alternators and lawn-mover engines running on wood gas. You'll be the local communications company providing local infrastructure and a connection to the outside world, or technical support for the militia's ISR capability. Even today, you're probably the person who gets phone calls when one of your friends or family members is having computer trouble.
Here are book links, both downloadable and off Amazon, for some items that may interest you.
https://archive.org/details/chernobylsyndrom00ingd - Dean Ing's The Chernobyl Syndrome is one of my favorite prepping books. My first copy was a present from a friend, which got lost in a move. A subsequent copy was purchased on Amazon for $7. Now they're up to $50 on Amazon. In my opinion that's overpriced, but fortunately you can download it with the link I shared.
https://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/make-your-own-fuel-zmaz10amzraw?fbclid=IwAR0bbz9_LSZsjox19lNUV6KThTuE5HKo9RJpU8_P5__umJsMppbhTYcrn_Q - A good page on alcohol fuel basics
https://www.cavemanchemistry.com/ - Caveman Chemistry, by Kevin Dunn, is one the best DIY hands-on chemistry books out there.
http://www.driveonwood.com/ - Information on wood gas.
https://archive.org/details/KurtSaxonSurvivorVol.2 - Kurt Saxon's Survivor book series. For all his issues, Kurt was the guy who started the whole survivalist movement. The Survivor originally started out as a magazine, and later compiled into a four book series. The Survivor consisted mostly of reprints from 19th and early-mid 20th century DIY books and periodicals, and some reader-contributed material. Kurt's stuff is out of print now, and used copies cost way too much on Amazon, but you can download them off Archive.org.
http://the-knowledge.org/en-gb/ - The Knowledge, by Louis Dartnell, is one of the better books of recent publication on how to rebuild things after the reset occurs.
https://www.foxfire.org/- The classic. 'Nuff said.
Get a small library together, assemble a small lab/workshop in the corner of your basement or wherever. Scrounge up materials. Experiment. Work on stuff. Become ready for the Great American Reset and Renaissance.