5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
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5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader Introduction 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader. Do you have what it takes to be a homesteader? If you are not sure, then this is where you need to be! 

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I love learning about homesteading, prepping, and even survival as I go along in this journey of life. All three are interconnected, homesteading, prepping, and survival. The interesting thing is that as I go, I’ve learned I’m more of a homesteader than anything else. Yes, I still prepare, but homesteading is where I find the most joy, learn the most valuable skills, and really thrive. Which area do you find you fit into the most? 

Do you have the qualities needed to homestead? If you aren’t sure, then this is the place to start. You don’t need to know everything before you start, trust me. You’ll learn plenty as you go, and that is half the fun, in my opinion. 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

You might think you need to be a master gardener, butcher, goat whisperer, or food preservation expert. Those are all great skills, trust me. But those things can be learned over time. You don’t need to wait until you have those skills to start a homestead. 

But there are 5 qualities and personality traits that you absolutely need before you start. These are the essentials. 

Are you ready to learn about the 5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader? Come on in and let me tell you about them! 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

Persistence 

Persistence is key to the success of anything in life, and it is essential to being a homesteader as well. 

The thing is everyone has to start somewhere. You’re not going to run a 5K marathon the first time you try. Nobody walks into a gym and benches 250 pounds the first time. Everyone started small and worked their way to those things through persistence. Practice makes perfect. 

Don’t give up. Keep learning, keep trying, and keep doing it until you’re happy. I’ll tell you that I’ve spent a month developing a new recipe and remaking it repeatedly until I’ve deemed it perfect on more than one occasion. I’m still working on a yeast recipe, because I keep forgetting to feed it and have had to start over several times. 

Keep trying to make soap, learn to preserve food, make yogurt or vinegar, or whatever other project that is on your to-do list. Do it, screw it up, and learn. Persistence is how you build confidence

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

Be Self Disciplined

One of the joys of working for myself through my blogs is that I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself. Every single success and every single failure falls on my shoulders, and mine alone. No one is setting alarms for me or putting a gun to my head and telling me to go to work. 

Homesteading is the same way. Nobody is going to tell you to pull weeds in your garden or feed the chickens, or any other task you have on your list. You’re on your own there, and being able to do it requires self-discipline. 

The ability to develop a routine and schedule and stick to it is an essential part of being self-disciplined. 

At the same time as being self-disciplined, there is also the freedom and flexibility of being able to slow down, smell the roses, move with intention throughout the day. I honestly love that about both my blogs and homesteading. Being able to be self-disciplined and being able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with them.

It is a huge perk for anyone who can balance that combination of flexibility and self-discipline without letting the scales tip too far in either direction. 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

Be Willing to Learn 

In this day and age, there is absolutely no reason to stop learning. Ever. Information is everywhere and more easily accessible than ever. There is no excuse to ever stop learning. 

There will always be failures along the way. It is called trial and error, and it is great. Because it is only a failure if you don’t learn from it. Keep learning and growing along the way. 

Whatever you want to learn, do it. If you want to bale hay by hand, learn how to raise chickens, or how to milk a goat, go for it! There is nothing stopping you. 

What skill do you want to learn? Take a moment and make a list. Then decide which one you want to start with, and do it. Once you’re done, check that off the list and move on to the next. If you have checked everything off your list, add new things to the list. It really is that simple. 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

Be a Good Observer 

Pay attention to the details and you will never go wrong. 

When you pay attention, you’ll notice details that are easy to overlook otherwise. Maybe a goat is acting just a little “off” or a chicken is straying from the group. Or clouds are coming in at a faster rate than usual. 

When you pay attention, you know what is normal and what isn’t. It doesn’t matter what specific subject we’re talking about. It can be anything in your life. Developing that skill becomes easy as time goes on and you are always alert and observing. 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

Have a Good Memory 

Or, if you don’t have a good memory, write everything down. I use this planner to literally write everything down, because I don’t always remember everything. 

This includes blog posts, social media posts, the weather, when I planted lettuce, when I pay bills, when I changed the oil in my truck, when animals are born, and so much more. Keeping records of things makes it much easier to go back and see when I did something. Because what seems like “just the other day” could be anywhere from three days to six months. If I don’t keep track of things, it is much easier to overlook them and forget to do them. 

I also do this with my homemaking tasks and cleaning schedule. Because it helps me stay on top of everything so that nothing becomes overwhelming because I forgot about it. 

Writing everything down was a trait that I inherited from my grandmother. She had notebooks upon notebooks of notes, the weather everyday, and a lot more. I keep mine confined to my planner, because one place for everything is what works best for me. It always amazed me when I was younger, because I didn’t understand why those were necessary. Now I do, because not only does it help you keep track of everything, you can track patterns and predict changes. 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader Notes 

Homesteading is a lot of work, and it takes these 5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader to even get started. But it is also one of the most rewarding lifestyles that there is out there! 

I also think these qualities are just great for life in general and not limited to homesteading. 

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader Discussion 

Do you have these 5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader? Is there one you need to work on more than the others? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

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5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader
5 Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

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