Survival – skill or mindset?

Survival – skill or mindset?

From Rhod:

When I was 15 years old I took part in a two week survival exercise run by a former member of “The Regiment” formerly known as the Special Air Service (S.A.S). To spend that amount of time in the company of such an accomplished individual in an unforgiving environment (The Brecon Beacons in South Wales U.K. in the middle of winter with limited kit) was a blessing. Hindsight being what it is, the hard lessons I thought would be learned like shelter, trapping, fire making etc. became secondary in my mind as I matured. I came to discover that it is the mindset first and foremost and the subsequent application of the skills learned that will ultimately save your skin when the proverbial hits the fan.

Thankfully, one of our co-founders has recently safely returned from Afghanistan. Some of the men in his unit were not so fortunate. He will have to adjust his mindset and prepare himself to survive being back on home soil dealing with the normal day-to-day rigors of life here that are so far removed from what he has had to endure for the last 7 months. I do not wish to speak for him, but it’s as if he is two people and it is mindset and mindset alone that will allow him to adjust quickly back to normality. This is a survival mechanism that is not easily achieved, but is hugely necessary. It is this intimacy with hardship that allows us to provide such unique experiences for you.

A friend posted on our website a few weeks ago that there are only the trained and the untrained. I whole-heartedly agree with this statement, but for me the truth runs a little deeper than that. With time and effort any human being can be taught a skill, but when the chips are down and every fiber in your body is telling you to lie down, what is it that makes you withstand that urge and ultimately implement those skills learned? How can this state of mind be achieved? Or can it be learned/achieved? Are we inherently born with or without it?

I honestly don’t have a fundamental yes or no answer. All I know is that my personal resilience has been honed during periods of hardship in my life, some of which were through choice, and others that were not. You can only know if you “have the goods” if you have experienced such hardships and survived to tell the tale. Even then, there are no guarantees.  Living it and surviving it (with a good amount of luck thrown in for good measure) is the only way you will know.  Reading about it or living it vicariously through others is unfortunately no substitute.

What I talk of is not only limited to the elite soldiers of the world. It can be experienced in multiple forms in many areas. Rogue prides itself on providing these opportunities for like minded people. It unfortunately is a niche market we operate in and we will never be millionaires, but we want to remain true to our mission statement and ourselves. Very few companies offer programs like ours, and even fewer care about the net result of the impact our courses/programs can provide.

If you, your friends, your work colleagues, your company are interested in any of the programs that challenge the status quo, or if you are going to be experiencing the upcoming hardships of a physical endeavor or special forces selection, then please check out or website or visit/contact us at – We can teach you the hard skills necessary for your chosen goal whether it be survival, first aid, team building, leadership, physical conditioning, leadership, swift water awareness…. the list goes on. Moreover, we can help tap into that elusive mindset that one day may just save your bacon or at the least make you stronger, more confident and a more competent individual.


  1. Raza Prince

    Hi Rhod, great blog, to use an acronym you used in your previous blog: KISS
    keep it simple stupid, this can be taylored into most things in life.
    The mind is a great tool, but if you let it, it will look for the easy out!
    The power of will and determination is a true test of any idividual.
    Take an idividual going out for a high intesity run, do you at near exhaustion, slow the pace in order to complete the distance or punch through the pain barrier and see how far you get?
    Would the decision change if that individual were running in a group?
    These questions are for the readers to digest and reflect with honesty. Again the mind will look7 for the easy out, so as a former serving Royal Marine and having spent time with you in both deserts and mountain ranges up to our chests in the drift, in temperatures nearing -30o c.I thank you for those good and hard times, but let me say this- lives are short, so go out there and test youself, don’t take the easy out, trust in your ability and I am sure that the smile that you express will not only be for success, but will be for living.
    Let the rogue in you lose……
    The KISS principle is not to allow yourself to over analyse or complicate you goals. LIVE FOR LIFE……

    • Thanks for the share Raz. Wre alaways appreciate your input here at Rogue. I hope our readers find it as enlightening as we do. On a personal note the above is further affirmation why we are symbiotic and I too treasure our time through some of lifes hardships.

  2. Raza Prince

    Hi all, let me correct a major typo……
    Let the rogue in you loose……

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