How to Survive Against Everything in the Future

It’s true. Nobody knows what the future holds. But what’s stopping you from preparing for every single impending situation?

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That’s right! We’re bringing you the ultimate kiasu guide on how to not only survive but thrive in the future, no matter what it has in store for you.

  1. If the future is filled with nothing
    How to Invent Everything by Ryan North
Riverhead Books, 2018

If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that the future sucks. The world will be riddled with dust, painted in sepia, and filled with hunkering wreckage that serves as a sorry excuse for garden decor.

Fortunately, Ryan North has written a book on how to invent literally everything.

From bread to air-conditioning, and even the device you’re using to read this article, this book provides you with the know-how to reinvent almost everything — including civilisation from scratch. Yes, that includes things like toilet paper, the written and spoken word, and dare we say it, maths… because numbers are what really… counts.

Plus, North filled each page with sufficient humor to ensure that you won’t feel forlorn while rebuilding the world from nothing.

Get the book here: Physical Copy, eBook

2. If the future is filled with dangers in every corner
The SAS Urban Survival Handbook by John Wiseman

Skyhorse Publishing, 2018

In this urbanised world, civilisation has grown thanks to technology. But with it, comes a different set of dangers. Out of the countless survival guides out there that teaches you how to survive in the jungle, not many cover the intricacies of surviving within the urban jungle.

But this book does!

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Written by a former member of the British special forces unit, John “Lofty” Wiseman arms you with skills like basic first aid, self-defence against rape or muggings, how to identify and deal with the dangers of your DIY tools, chemicals and poisonous plants, and strategies on how you can protect yourself and your family members from these threats.

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3. If the future is filled with… unpleasant people
The Asshole Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton.

Portfolio Penguin, 2017

We know groupmates can make or break a project. Blessed with proactive members? Lucky you. If not, you will usually have to bite your tongue, do their work, and endure through the project before you can finally give them a shitty appraisal score.

But what if the project is to survive the future? Then you’d best pick up this book.

To win the battle, according to Sun Tzu’s Art of War, one must know one’s enemy. Thankfully, this book helps you do just that. It first provides you with a way to identify the type of meanie you’re working with, and then covers the tips and tricks to avoid, outwit, and disarm the different varieties of unpleasant people!

Come to think of it… Sometimes we may be the biggest jerks. 🤔 But fret not, even then Sutton teaches us how to put the lid on those unsightly parts of ourselves.

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4. If the future is filled with worst-case scenarios
The Ultimate Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven

Chronicle Books, 2012

According to Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. That means we’re allowed to enter into a full-blown state of panic and worry over every worst-case scenario, right?

Wrong! Because even the worst-case scenarios have a solution to them. So keep calm and read on, especially if the book is The Ultimate Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.

Packed with useful skills to guard yourself against highly plausible worst-case scenarios like a grease fire or yourself choking, and even not-so-likely ones, like escaping a swarm of pigeons, this book has it all.

Any situation your kiasi mind can think of, this book probably has the solution for it. So if you’re worried a simple camping trip can turn into a fight-for-your-life situation with a bear, this book is definitely made for you.

Get the book here: eBook

If you’ve come to the end of this article, read all the books, and acquired all the skills, congratulations soldier. You’re ready to take on the future and whatever it holds. Godspeed and good luck!


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