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EDGE OF SURVIVAL

THE WILL TO SURVIVE SERIOUS SURVIVAL SITUATIONS OFTEN TAKE MORE THAN JUST SKILL. TEXT BY EJ SNYDER

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knife is always a great tool to have in any survival situation, but it is only as good as the capable hands it finds itself in. The other aspect of survival that needs to be as sharp as your knife’s edge is your will to survive.

capacity doesn’t come into play in a survival situation, because fitness level, physiological makeup and overall health do play an important role. I am saying that mental toughness will play a huge part in whether an individual will make it out of their survival situation or not ... especially without a knife.

What Is Survival? When you think of a survival situation, I bet the first thought that crosses your mind (and most of the world’s for that matter) is that survival is mostly a physical endurance event. In my opinion, it is quite the opposite: Survival is actually more 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. I’m not saying that one’s physical 80 KNIVES ILLUSTRATED • MAY/JUNE 2019

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The human spirit is an amazing thing, but even more dynamic in a survival situation is the will to survive.

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I believe that one’s will can be the only survival skill needed in certain survival situations. Does that mean I am saying that survival skills aren’t important? No. Survival skills play an important role in the overall outcome and general comfort in a survival situation. Nevertheless,

if you do not have the resolve to endure, continue on and live, chances are that you might not make it.

Determination I believe that one’s survival success really hinges on their attitude. One who possesses an iron will is surely full of grit, determination, drive and rarely takes “no” for an answer. To me, that’s a winning formula. One who stays optimistic about their chances and keeps a positive attitude toward their situation —even under extreme adversity—will go a long way. When a sizeable earthquake struck a community in India, buildings were leveled to the ground. Rescuers searched through many piles of debris looking

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