HALLSVILLE, Mo. – While he shares a name similar to one of the survival world’s most famous personalities (James Wesley, Rawles), he’s unique in one special way – Destiny Survival’s John Wesley Smith is one of the nicest, most engaging leaders in the self-reliance industry.
Meeting John at a preparedness expo in St. Louis made for one of my personal highlights in this industry, but it was the subsequent e-mail conversations we had that really made the relationship special. You see, John likes everything about the industry and he knows it better than most, but what he speaks to me about are the books and movies about survival.
Whenever I published a review, I could tell if I got it right based on John’s response. If I got it wrong, he’d let me know, but in a very engaging way. (Luckily, I get it right most of the time.)
What is most special is not his movie review critiques that I appreciate, it is the positive attitude and unflappable spiritual nature of the guy that never really sees the negatives in life. How do I know that? Because John is legally blind (yeah, I know that’s not really why he never “sees” negativity, but it certainly doesn’t color his approach to the world) and you’d never know he was visually-challenged until you see him in person. He is not a victim. He’s just a good guy doing what he loves, and we’re all the better for it.
Almost All Good Things Come to An End
Of course, like almost everything positive in this world, all good things come to pass. No, John has not passed (thank goodness!), but his “DestinySurvival Radio Show” and the companion website shut down.
For years, John has been running the show by himself. And, unfortunately, like many self-reliance business owners, he wasn’t making money with his endeavor. The IRS doesn’t like that very much, or for very long.
So while John will gain much more freedom to spend time doing whatever else he wants to do, consumers will lose his important survival insight and information.
Here’s how John broke the news to me:
Dear Friend,Forgive the boiler plate nature of what follows, but I’m sending thisto a number of others in a select group. You’re receiving this messagebecause you’ve either been a guest on my DestinySurvival Radio show,or we’ve been associated in some other way related to DestinySurvival.Below is the text of an e-mail I’ve sent to my DestinySurvivalDispatch subscribers announcing the closure of DestinySurvival.com andDestinySurvival Radio. (If you’re one of my subscribers, you’ve likelyseen it already.)After October 31st all links to posts and audio files athttp://www.destinysurvival.com will no longer work. I’m truly sorryfor any inconvenience that may cause you. I’m giving you this advancenotice now because I know what an unpleasant experience it has been toclean up links on my own site that no longer work without any kind ofprior explanation.I can’t tell you what a pleasure it has been to make youracquaintance. Your support and encouragement has meant so much to me.That’s partly why deciding to close down DestinySurvival has been sodifficult. I don’t like to let friends down.However, as you see from the text below, there are ways we can stillkeep in touch, if you like. Plus, if I’m on an e-mail list you havewhich I continue to find useful, I’ll remain a subscriber.All the best,John