Published on September 7th, 2018 | by Brandon H0
It’s not every day that we meet people whose lives are as consistent as Matt Redhawk’s. Most people these days tend to lead disjointed lives, with lots of conflicting personal interest. That’s not the case with Matt Redhawk. His life fits together perfectly, each part complimenting the next.
Mr. Redhawk is in the business of merchandising a line of survivalist type products. His enterprise is called My Patriot Supply, and sales are up these days. Redhawk sells everything from tools to seeds, and prepackaged meals which are essentially freeze-dried fare. All that’s needed is to add hot water and to stir. The novelty is that the product is guaranteed not to spoil for 25 years. So, if our food supply should ever get cut off, Patriot Supply’s customers won’t need to worry about their next meal for a while.
In addition to his merchandising business. Mr. Redhawk also indulges in writing and making feature films. He co-authored “Droughts and Dreams,” a story about the trials and tribulations of the Great Depression, and he is the executive producer of “Radioflash.” The latter title is a movie about a girl who has become separated from her family in the wake of an apocalyptic disaster.
There is a pattern. It all relates to survivalist thought one way or the other. Is it a fixation or an obsession? Redhawk’s work calls our attention to the idea that civilization can break with the ease of cracking an egg.
Matt is an avid believer in self-sufficiency. He resides off the grid in one of the most remote reaches of Northern Idaho with his wife and child. Their home is behind a blast wall, just in case. Some may say that the prepper community is a bunch of paranoid whackos, but I‘ll stop at paranoid.
What are your favorite books?
There are three books on my recommended list. Everyone should read at least one of these books in case anything should ever go wrong.
- “Your Survival” by Dr. Bob Arnot
- “How to Keep Alive in the Woods” by Bradford Angier
- “98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your ass Alive” by Cody Lundin
These books are more than about surviving, they tell one how to correctly live their life as if it was their last day. They also provide exceptional advice for businesspeople in general.
Another book that is a must-read for all businesspeople and entrepreneurs is “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation” by Parker J. Palmer.
What’s your favorite type of food?
If you asked me that question twenty years ago I might have said a Big Mac and Coca-Cola. However, having worked with a nutritionist on some of our products, I’ve become enlightened. Now, my favorite food is the kind that won’t give me or my family a heart attack after eating them. Vegetables, with a nice steamed fish or broiled chicken seasoned to perfection, is always an ideal dish for me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t eat yellow snow. That one came from my grandfather. If you take it literally, it is undoubtedly good advice. But, taken metaphorically it is even more valuable. If something doesn’t make sense, don’t trust it. It might seem silly, I know, but this truly speaks to older generations.
What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?
We began My Patriot Supply in 2008. This year marks My Patriot Supply’s tenth year in business. That is an accomplishment that I feel good about for sure. Commitment to our product has truly benefited us in many ways.
What’s one piece of advice you are willing to share with others?
We live in a dangerous world. As such we each owe it to our loved ones to do what we can to secure their future. Hopefully, nothing ever goes wrong, but in case it does, be prepared.