How to Start a Revolution

Start a Revolution

I’ve found the secret to being excited about waking up every day; and I’ll tell you what it is right now. It’s starting a Revolution. I didn’t always think in these terms though…

I used to ask: What can I gain? How can I turn this into a business that will support me?

I focused on helping others by sharing my perspective, but that was the extent of it. When I did that, working on this blog would be exciting sometimes, and at other times it would feel like just a chore.

Now, I can’t even contain my energy for the work I’m doing. I feel like there’s electricity in the air. I’ve changed my mindset and made the decision to do something epic. Now I’m focused on creating a social movement of people living on their own terms. Because of this, I’ve moved from ego-centric to collective-centric.

It’s bigger than me now.

Guess what happens when you make something bigger than you? You get plugged in. You become connected to this amazing source of energy that was never previously available to you.

Now I ask: How can I take action that will support this vision? How can I create momentum to further ignite this revolution?

Waking up excited

The biggest benefit to working on a revolution is that it gives you an insane amount of energy. Working on a revolution will make you want to wake up. You might even have a hard time falling asleep at night, because you’re so motivated to take action on your vision. This is how I feel when I’m laying in bed thinking about all of the awesome stuff I’m doing with this blog and with Project Mojave, and my plans to expand this project into something even bigger.

So if creating something worth remembering is likely to make you a thousand times more productive, why isn’t everyone working on something like this? I think more people would devote themselves to something greater, if they just knew how to do it.

I often spend a lot of time talking about perspective and cultivating an authentic state. While that’s all good, I want to switch gears here to practical and logistics of the application of these perspectives.

First, we need to define what it takes to create a Revolution

  • It has to be something you care deeply about and would be willing to devote your life to.
  • It should be something that will help other people.
  • It should have a long term impact.
  • It has to be remarkable; it has to be worth sharing and bigger than you.
  • Working toward a revolution often involves the pursuit of being an ordinary radical.
  • Your revolution must have a distinctive quality to it that is caused by you working in it. It wouldn’t be the same if someone else did it. But it is definitely a collective movement created by similar values.

Secondly, how do you discover what Revolution you’ll start?

This is probably the most difficult question to answer and where 99% of people get stuck. It’s impossible for me to completely guide you in this pursuit, because you’ll have to do a lot of exploring.

You’ll probably start some projects and have to let them go, because they didn’t work or they weren’t a good fit for you. This can be difficult to do when you’ve invested a large amount of time in them, but ultimately it’s necessary to throw away a lot of good ideas, if you really want to find what bigger purpose you want to devote yourself to. Mediocrity must be sacrificed in the wake of greatness.

Creating a meaningful revolution demands the habit of quitting a lot of things.

I currently have 30 drafts in my blog admin area. At least 28 of those won’t see the light of day.

I’ve gotten really good at throwing away ideas, because I care about producing only things of remarkable value. I feel that if I’m not supporting something compelling, all I’m doing is contributing to the noise. I would rather not water down my content or pollute the already congested content sphere.

So the best advice I can give in this area is to fearlessly walk your path. Generate lots of ideas and be willing to throw most of them away. Practice. The more you practice the more you’ll be able to refine and shape your vision. This might sound odd, but it’s only really through the constant movement in the direction of what you might think your vision is, that you’ll find what your true vision is.

It might start out with something that you’re kind of, sort of passionate about. You like it enough to work hard at it. Then a few months later, you’ve gained enough experience working on it to have explored other possibilities. Now you decide that part of what you originally set out to do still applies, but it looks different than it did at first. Then another few months of work go by and your vision is refined even more.

It’s only this kind of walking the path that brings clarity. Don’t wait for clarity or your “one true purpose” before you start. Please, please, don’t do that. It will never happen. Epiphanies are found in the dirty, messy circuitous routes of practice.

Other than practice, there is an awesome, invaluable tool to help you figure out what your revolution will consist of. And that’s asking questions.

I think asking ourselves questions is one of the most powerful, overlooked things you can do. If you can develop the habit of initiating these kinds of conversations with yourself on a daily basis, you will achieve greater things you could have otherwise envisioned.

Here are some potent questions to get you started:

  • What do you teach others simply by being you?
  • What would  you spend your time on, even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
  • What do you find yourself researching and can’t stop yourself from learning more about?
  • Is there anything you would consider yourself an expert in? If not, is there anything you’d like to be an expert in?
  • What gifts do you have that you’d like to make available to the world?
  • What do you want to change?
  • What lessons do you often find yourself repeating in life?
  • How does your purpose impact your local community? How does it impact your family? Your friends? The world?
  • What does your tribe (the people you most connect with) look like? What do you identify with on a collective level?
  • What legacy do you want to leave behind when you’re gone?

All of these questions aren’t meant to come up with the one-true-answer; they’re simply an impetus for getting your mind moving. Try combining asking these questions with mind-mapping. Have conversations with people, get their feedback. Connect with like-minded people and use them as a sounding board to explore your ideas. Just remember to stay true to yourself.

The most important thing is not holding back. Allow yourself to be ridiculous and completely authentic.

Now it’s time to start creating.

Moving from thought to action.

Once you’ve figured out what your project will look like, it’s time to start taking action. It’s time to stop thinking about it and start cultivating.

Just like discovering what to work on, a lot of people get stuck on how to start. It seems daunting when you’re staring up at a mammoth of a project from ground zero. There are so many things to do, so many approaches you could take, so many options.

But there is a reach, I promise you. And there is even that elusive grasp. But it only comes from starting. It only comes from not caring about what step you’ll take next, but just caring about the fact that you are taking a step.

The necessary ingredients to every revolution:

  1. A revolution can be big or small. Whether you’re trying to change the education system or change the way people look at folding underwear, what matters is that you are passionate about it.
  2. Rally your tribe. No revolution is a revolution without a group of people that share similar values. If you get really clear about your cause, you will easily be able to spot these people and make connections with them. Before long, you will likely not even need to seek them out. They will come to you.
  3. Tap into your outrage. Most revolutions involve some kind of outrage or anger. This is a good thing. Your anger can be a gift if you use it wisely and don’t let it consume you. Use your outrage and your passion to fuel your action for change.
  4. The cause rules. Movement and direction of your revolution should be dictated by the demands of the cause. Guru worship or leader exaltation results in the cause becoming obscured. Avoid these things so the movement is centered on the mission, and not a single individual.
  5. Break down actionable steps. What change needs to be made and how will those changes best be accomplished? If the status quo needs to be interrupted, how will you deal with the resistance? Are you willing to stay true to your cause despite the protesters you will be faced with?
  6. Keep the end in mind. It’s easy to get side-tracked with things that might seem to benefit your mission, but are really just distractions. In order to be effective, you must learn to cultivate an unshakable focus on your ultimate aim. Triage ruthlessly. Anything that does directly or indirectly benefit your cause, is a weed suffocating and diluting your objective, and it must be pulled.

Once in a while you’ll question whether or not you’re up to the task.

But something else is even scarier: what you left behind.

The ordinary, conventional, safe, secure, default life that you could have chosen instead. That’s what’s really scary. Remember that and you’ll be okay.

Everyone’s project will be vastly different, all I can offer are the necessary ingredients I’ve found. So instead of offering more practical advice, I’ll tell you about…

My Revolution

Open Road

Since I wrote this article about work being sacred, I’ve given a lot of thought to creating something bigger than me. (Chris Guillebeau’s post Creating a Legacy Project and Charlie Gilkey’s Do Epic Shit, also spurred me to think more deeply about this.)

I’ve always aimed to be remarkable with my writing and this blog. Actually, there’s never been a time in my life where I’ve really pursued something in the hopes of being just okay.

So reaching to be uncommon and exceptional wasn’t a challenge for me, but the idea of creating some bigger than me was. Being unconventional and providing value is one thing. Creating an entire social movement, now that’s nothing to shake a stick at.

That is my reason for waking up. That is something I live for. That is something that gets me excited about being alive.

Thinking in terms of leading, or at least stimulating a collective revolution, really made me rethink what I’m doing with this blog. It made me think about something bigger than just me and my ambitions.

Thinking about this forced me to crystallize how all of the stuff I do fits into a universal picture. I still have the same plan, I still have the same style, that’s not changing. What is changing is a deepening of community and purpose.

So this is my revolution:

To create a revolution based on authentic action. A social movement of people liberating themselves through living on their own terms.”

That’s it. That’s my reason for waking up.

How this revolution will take form is something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to.

The plan

As you can probably guess, the medium for my revolution is mainly, this blog. But it’s also the ebook, the liberation manifesto, my work with Project Mojave, and the other products that I’ll later release (that are currently in development). I plan to develop a collection of products (some free and some for sale) aimed toward creating personal freedom that will outlast me when I’m gone. Some of my ideas may seem dissimilar, but they are all related to stimulating a social movement of living on your own terms.

Some of this collection of resources will come in different forms. Obviously there will be blog posts, but there will also be ebooks, physical books (later down the line, when I become famous, of course), and possibly some audio and video courses.

The best part about this is I now have a crystallization of one underlying intention behind everything I do. The way my action manifests might be different, but the purpose is unified.

All of the stuff  I’m creating revolves around a similar theme: unconventional methods for improving your life and living more authentically. I want to help promote this revolution in an unconventional way. My aim is to create a wealth of resources for people that are easily bored with the same approach and crave something different. I want to appeal not just to the typical self-help typecast, but to punk rock kids, iconoclasts, recovering lawyers and cubicle-dwellers, people living off the grid, and people that aren’t satisfied with the status quo. I want to connect with those that question supposedly unquestionable belief-systems, and those that want live on their own terms.

My message is personal and collective liberation, my style or medium is an unconventional, renegade kind of approach. The message is my core passion and purpose, the medium is the style that I most resonate with.

My project isn’t about prostrating myself as a guru and saying “follow this one true way.” I simply aim to say “Hey, this seems like an interesting idea, and it’s worked well for me. Plus it’s a pretty interesting and uncommon way to live.” Not a lot of people are killing their goals, giving up caring and embracing ADD.

My project is to create an abundant wealth of information and resources for people interested in non-traditional modes of living. That’s it. That’s my legacy. And I think it absolutely kicks ass. It keeps me up at night, and makes me excited to wake up the next morning.

Others may think that this project is totally lame or downright silly. And that’s okay. It’s my legacy, not theirs.

I’ve found a meaningful pilgrimage to devote my life to, in the service of this cause and the service of others. Knowing that, I’m no longer perpetually searching. My actions are guided by a coherent mission.

Keeping perspective

Creating a revolution to me is something worth living for. But it’s also important to remember that the little things in life are what really makes a difference. You can be fighting AIDS in Somalia, but if you’re an asshole to your sister, it kind of negates the rest of it.

Remember that even if you’re thinking big, it’s the small things you do every day that make a difference.

Massive change and working toward social change is awesome, but it’s also how you live your life on a daily basis that matters most. It’s how you interact with people you meet on the sidewalk waiting for a bus, or in line at a cafe. It’s how you treat your loved ones and family that makes a difference. It’s the small things that create the possibility for huge change.

In short, it’s not just having your eyes on the future and how things will be when your aim is realized.

Because it’s right here, right now. That change is possible. It’s this moment that we must live in.

That’s where transformation culminates.

It’s in this moment that the revolution takes place.

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MoneyEnergy May 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Very awesome….. congrats…. I’ve had the feeling of being so excited just about my own blog work that one or two nights I wasn’t able to get to sleep right away. But this is much bigger. I hope to cover you guys in an article soon. I’ve checked out Project Mojave and read your manifesto, too. Good stuff!

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Andy Fossett May 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm

“Don’t wait for clarity or your “one true purpose” before you start. Please, please, don’t do that. It will never happen. Epiphanies are found in the dirty, messy circuitous routes of practice.”

Absolutely. I’ve fallen for that trap before, and it never gets me where I want to go. But when I dive in and start getting my hands dirty, things start falling together quite naturally – seemingly by accident at first. That’s when I really make progress.

“Authentic Action” is a great basis for revolution, and I’m definitely in.

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Ryan May 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Epic, indeed, my friend. Your excitement is my excitement. I’m on board but until reading through all this I didn’t know exactly which board I was on (which I suppose is typical of a revolution). Let’s ride the wave!

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Baker @ ManVsDebt May 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Every time I read something you write, while I’m reading I sort of drift in and on of a mode where I’m constantly brainstorming my own passions and purposes. But by far the greatest thing about it is you always bring back around to getting into immediate action at the end.

You’ve been on fire lately, man. Some really intense and inspiring stuff.

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liz May 21, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I can see you’re on Fire! I’m still digesting your ebook “Reclaim your Dreams”. I really want to take my time with it so it really sinks in and I’ve already joined Project Mojave. Lots of information to go through. Your Liberation Manifesto was awesome too.

Keep up the great work!

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Evan May 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Hi Johnathan,

Join the health revolution. For those of us who live in societies where our environment is mostly hygienic and good food is available, health is mostly about relationships and our emotions.

This means that (with a little luck perhaps) good health is within our grasp. Shifting the focus to this means a radical change to our health systems (currently sickness systems). It also means that each of us can take action that affects our health. And you don’t have to be a millionaire either!

My own particular part of this is an emphasis on authenticity. To have less stress and more joy in your life, live authentically! You will be healthier for it.

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Joshua Moore May 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Wow Jonathon,

That’s a long post but I really like where you are coming from. Sounds like you are on your way to building your empire, and are finding the passion to do what you enjoy.

Keep up the good work mate.

Regards,
Joshua

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Anthony May 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I completely agree with the insight regarding epiphany. Waiting for an inspiration to pop in is like waiting for Godot. I noticed that inspiration comes in when I’m engaged in activities and when my mind is active.

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Matt Cheuvront May 22, 2009 at 1:40 am

Great post Jonathon – it all starts with you, a revolution from within, and inspiration doesn’t just happen (usually) – it’s most apparent when your involved and engaged in things your passionate about. Good stuff man.

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Amanda May 22, 2009 at 3:32 am

Hi Jonathan,

This is an awesome post. I’ve got something like this inside of me.

It took two years to come out and then a few weeks ago there was an A-ha! epiphany and there it was. I have a revolution and a freedom business, to use your words, stretching out before me.

I’ve been at this point for a few weeks now – so much energy and inspiration and passion and ideas that I’m going to burst. And it’s all starting to happen, faster than I ever thought was imaginable!

So I am completely and totally with you, Jonathan. Although I will admit, that I love my current job, too and the incredible thing is, they are going to support me to do the thing that I need to do that will take me away from there.

Amazing. When an idea whose time has come arrives, there’s no stopping it.

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Tim Brownson May 22, 2009 at 3:55 am

I sure as hell like this:

“My project isn’t about prostrating myself as a guru and saying “follow this one true way.” I simply aim to say “Hey, this seems like an interesting idea, and it’s worked well for me.”

IMHO’ that is an attitude that could be adopted by some of the big boys’ because once you start working with real life people you realize you can’t tell people how it is, only how it is for you.

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Ola May 22, 2009 at 4:07 am

Thank you for such a detailed and full of energy post! I couldn’t help but smile reading it. Our world needs revolutionaries like you – and everyone should discover such an energy and excitement within them! We were created to be more than ‘just OK’.

I was smiling also because my boyfriend has been talking about his revolution since I met him. He’s a vegan filmmaker and has never worked for the Man, and his determination to help people inspires me every day.

Thank you, again, for this post – I’m sure it will energize more people to be like you – to wake up excited every day!

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Island Girl May 22, 2009 at 5:26 am

This is super! I know that you will be helping a lot of people wake up from their sleep, and will be helping all of us to find ways to live out our own life’s purpose. I always appreciate your unconventional advice, and I think you hit the nail on the head when you described your theme/purpose. I can only image the lightness of heart and joy that you must be feeling right now. You set me on the path of searching for my tribe, so that I too can live out my purpose, and I am most grateful for the advice. It’s awful hard to pursue the path of your dreams if you surround yourself with nay-sayers. Collaboration makes for pretty powerful stuff, when you find the “right” peoples and causes. Keep up the great work (if you can even call it “work” anymore LOL).

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Zoe May 22, 2009 at 6:43 am

So many of the moments and transitions you described resonate with me. Over the past year, I’ve shifted and grown so much, but it feels really organic. By far, the number one thing that pushed me to grow and tap into passionate interests was DIVING IN.

I love your advice about getting better at throwing away ideas… and I am so with you that we need to just start doing shit to find out what we’re all about. :)

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Mary Anne Fisher May 22, 2009 at 8:59 am

Your work/writing truly moves me, Jonathan. I second what Tim Brownson wrote… it ‘s one of the things I most respect and admire about you.

The time for authenticity and being true to ourselves for the greater good is NOW.

Viva la Revolución!

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Carl Nelson May 22, 2009 at 10:00 am

I got to speak to you a bit about this in our interview the other day but it’s really great to see this expanded in such detail.

Having the goal of revolution from the little things (treating people with respect) to the big things (working in AIDs clinics in Somalia) is really where it’s at in essence. If you can’t get the small things then what’s the point in getting the big things.

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Focused-Awareness May 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm

This post was awesome. I felt a spark of energy just reading it. Finding out what were passionate about and making that the center of our attentions always has a net positive influence on everyone around you and I am feeling it in these posts. The bit about losing your ego-centricity to the whole plugged in sense of being part of a revolution is so true. I wish more people realized the connection between getting outside of your ego through some kind of spiritual practice and losing yourself in the life affirming kind of love and passion that revolutionary states provide. Keep up the baller writing my friend, we’re loving it.
-Christopher

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Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching May 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Thanks for this post. That’s a key point you made in the end, I think — that living in an inspired or revolutionary way depends on the choices you make from moment to moment. If you are thinking “I’ve got this great charity I want to create,” but you’re hating yourself and your job while you work to get the money to fund it, you aren’t living an inspired life, no matter how lofty the end goal.

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Bamboo Forest - PunIntended May 26, 2009 at 11:45 pm

You write:

“It’s how you interact with people you meet on the sidewalk waiting for a bus, or in line at a cafe. It’s how you treat your loved ones and family that makes a difference. It’s the small things that create the possibility for huge change.”

I believe there is a good possibility that we are all connected. That how I live my life in my small circle will ultimately has an effect on people on the other side of the globe.

I also believe that… if we really want change on this world we must look in the mirror and begin there. It’s really amazing how much of an influence we can have with the so called little things.

Change the world? It’s all on us. You and me.

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Evan May 27, 2009 at 1:57 am

Well said, Chris!

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Anand May 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Reading this is giving me Goose Bumps…Thank you.

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Benedict M. Smith June 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

great post. moving. reminds me of Batman Begins when Rhaz al Ghul tells Bruce Wayne that a man becomes more than a man when he represents something.

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Cody McKibben June 7, 2009 at 11:03 am

Incredible post man! I also just read Chris Guillebeau’s new ebook and re-read his original manifesto about world domination. Your Liberation Manifesto was a huge inspiration as well and aligns perfectly with my personal mission in life—to help as many people break free from the system and do good in the world as possible. Let me know how I can help in your revolution Jonathan!

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Alex June 25, 2009 at 12:10 am

Sounds like JD Salinger and The Laughing Man

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Alex June 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

Great article man. Thanks for sharing!

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JS Dixon June 29, 2009 at 5:35 am

This is an incredible post.

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becky nielsen September 11, 2009 at 5:31 am

Reminds me of the Dalai Lama’s quote “If your mind is scattered, it is quite powerless.” Seems like you’ve done a bang up job of gathering your focus and helping others to work toward that step as well. Exciting to imagine what transformations might take place as we undergo our own personal and collective revolutions.

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Zachary McBride October 5, 2009 at 9:13 am

Hey. I agree, the inspiration doesn’t just comes and if it does, like it in a sense did for me (not through indolence, but through thought and meditation rather than physical activity and good will) it won’t cultivate itself on its own. My lifes mission is a Revolution that is meant to be felt on the global scale, and I say this with the reason that if you are passionate enough about something and risk your life for it, it will be in effect global, so long as the intent is good, which mine is. In a way, you are part of my Revolution. You added to the inspiration and we are therefore in some regard connected to one another. I am mostly certain that even you apart from me here today and in a more remote place will know about my Revolution, as I know about yours. You will hear about it and its principles, goals and aspirations; it shall ignite hope in you too, as your Revolution did mine, and that is how I will repay you.

Sincerely,

Zachary Scott McBride

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nick November 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm

i like the advice. i am still in school and somhow the idea of revolution cam to me in one of my history classes. i have somwhat grasped what i want to do but i wouldent say i am ready for action. what inspierd my idea was when we learnd about how voting works. what botherd me was it said that there were representitives for each state that all came together and the number of representitives were determend by the population of the state. what i learnd that botherd me was that once it came time for them to vote on a presadent if they wanted they could go aginst the majority of votes and just vote for what the think is right. i have no problim with them voting and even though they have never reportedly done it before that i know of it botherd me that they could go aginst the vote of over hundreds of people. ever since i learnd this in 6th grade i have ben picing together a plan to try to do somthing about it in the futre as an adulte. i have ben trying to get my frinds intrested and have many time ben beating around the bush for asking them to help me. but i must admit my frinds arnt the sharpist tools in the shed i am woried if i ask for there help that they will think i am just some crazy conspisy creater and stop being my frinds. i have no problem with talking with people i dont know over the internet and stuff but am scared to loose my frinds wich may sound silly but i dont have many frinds frome lak of playing sports and doing groop activitys and i dont want to loos them. my plan involves intresting my pupals before i reach man hood but i have no idea how to get the courge to do it in person or to ask my frinds to avoid being thoght crazy and left alone can you help me out with some advice? note i am a teen and i will probly loose this web site so if you e-mail me please include the site name just in case i lost the paper i am writing it on thank you.

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nick November 2, 2009 at 7:07 pm

sry bout spelling not my sharpist subject and messed up on gramer and such cuz my hands moove faster than my brain can check what i am typing

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Cole Cummings December 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

For the last 2 years I have been focusing on what life really means. Ive been asking so many questions like why are we here.
Well why are we here? nobody knows.. Have you ever thought that we really dont have that much life to live? we are stuck going to school for 18 or more years of our lives and then to top it off we are stuck working the rest of our lives and then we die. And what are we working for, to support our families? to make another person rich? Well I’ll tell ya what if we didnt have society like we did today we could sure take care of our families a whole different way. Yeah I want to start a revolution but I want all of humanity to know about it. I want them to know the greedy life style they are living, that we are all living. We are going into wars… and for what? War is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard of. We are fighting over oil, money and you know what, its GREED. We should all share these resources that are given to us. There shouldn’t be people who get more resources than other people, there’s enough to go around. We should be equal because we are all equal, you are no different than any other human on this earth, no other living being. Im just asking to think about it, and remember , you have less than 100 years to live now… and that time will fly by before your eyes.

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Evan December 15, 2009 at 1:39 am

Hi Cole, complete agreement from me at least.

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Some Velvet Morning March 27, 2010 at 8:11 am
Gerald April 24, 2010 at 11:38 am

Love this! Thanks so much! :)

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Chelsea Cogburn April 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I absolutely loved this. Nothing is more important to me than motivating people. Whatever it is, whatever you believe in, do something about it! Don’t just follow the opinions of those around you. Get out there and figure it out what it is that you want to fight for, then fight for it! I truly respect anyone who fights for what they believe in, even if they have an opposing opinion, at least they’re getting out there and telling the world who they are, what they want for society. I’ve had my mind made up for weeks that I wanted to start a revolution. That’s why I took the time to google ‘how to start a revolution’.

My revolution: marijuana should be legalized. For some of us, this has never been questionable, just a frustration. WHY is this drug illegal?! It has so many amazing uses, that doesn’t mean everyone has to smoke it but why should anyone be made a criminal for it? There is honestly no legitimate reason to me for why marijuana is illegal. Alcohol is proven more addictive AND more harmful. I could go on for days but most people are already aware of this issue and I suggest that you do the research for yourself. Keep in mind that many websites are very biased, whether they are for or against legalization.

On my journey, I would like to encourage as many people as possible to form their own opinions. Too many people go through life with their parents beliefs, simply because they never had the motivation to form their own opinions. At least have your own reasons for those beliefs.

I still have no idea where to start on my revolution, so I guess this is it.

It upsets me to think that so many people just think that marijuana users are “druggies”. I have had mild nausea for about 2 years now and I have been treating it with this wonderful herb for a year.

I am in college, studying archaeology. I will be successful…yet I will always use marijuana. A lot of people are under the impression that pot users lack motvation because of the drug. However, those who are motivated to go after their dreams, will stay motivated if they are truly dedicated. I won’t lose this energy as long as I still have goals to go after…and they never stop coming.

Thanks for the inspiration, I look forward to reading your ebooks.

I just want people to learn to

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Dylan April 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

hey Johnathan, I see that im not the only one who believes revolution is now! I believe this probably inspires many people to work on there cause or start one at that. I had my idea about revolution but im still geting my facts straight. You cant take a test if you only know your ABC’s you know? the crazy thing is that im 14 and the coments on here seem to be from much older people. I guess it kind of lets you know your not to young for revolution. But my revoultion seems to be different. I beleive that governtment lies to us and/or keeps things hidden or less spoken of to keep they’re image up. The entire guantanamo bay prison camp was only televised for maybe a few weeks yet what they done should of been around the world and more. for a while i couldnt care less of the government but now hearing that obama has it set up where some buisnesses dont have insurance causing people to thrive on government insurance which has medicade where some older people can not use and even some young people can not use. I believe this government isnt right for us and that revolution is now but hell i could be talking out of my butt.
THanks for reading

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Annie Anderson June 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

Great article, Jonathan!

I’m currently reading your ebook “Zero Hour Work Week.” Good stuff!

~Annie

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hermes handbags July 8, 2010 at 1:44 am

For the last 2 years I have been focusing on what life really means. Ive been asking so many questions like why are we here.
Well why are we here? nobody knows.. Have you ever thought that we really dont have that much life to live? we are stuck going to school for 18 or more years of our lives and then to top it off we are stuck working the rest of our lives and then we die. And what are we working for, to support our families? to make another person rich? Well I’ll tell ya what if we didnt have society like we did today we could sure take care of our families a whole different way. Yeah I want to start a revolution but I want all of humanity to know about it. I want them to know the greedy life style they are living, that we are all living. We are going into wars… and for what? War is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard of. We are fighting over oil, money and you know what, its GREED. We should all share these resources that are given to us. There shouldn’t be people who get more resources than other people, there’s enough to go around. We should be equal because we are all equal, you are no different than any other human on this earth, no other living being. Im just asking to think about it, and remember , you have less than 100 years to live now… and that time will fly by before your eyes.

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wierdling7 April 22, 2012 at 5:55 am

In total agreement w/the above statement!! Opening our hearts= opening our minds…to what is truly real and not an illusion!!

Zandre July 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I admire your style, see my own journey protrayed in your words. I respect your boldness to tackle the unknown with a no-nonsense approach, yet humbling yourself to moment at hand. You are right, it is easy to get carried away by ones passion and forget the small things that makes the circle of life meaningful. I look forward to reading your further works. Let it rain.

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gareth July 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

When i first read that you go to bed thinking about your plans this truly connected with me.
Im thinking of a couple of things i want changing, and things i want changed for other people.
I wish you all the very best with your plans and hope they are succesful, this article is inspiring to us like minded people. Thankyou

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kevin July 19, 2010 at 6:21 am

im glad if i can help where can i join , ive been planning a revolution just like youres . wel sorry for my bad english but im from holland
so let me know what i can do for you

Kevin

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tonny August 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

The time has come people, There are to many people in power that wants to keep us slaves to society. I am fed up with it. I am an individual with views that allows people to be equal and pursue their dreams in what they are good at. But there is more so much more, but now it is time that we put our heads together join forces and overtrow the corrupt state / states that is not allowing us to develop as a human being.
So in other words, there are many educated people that want the same things as people on this site, there are members in the forces that feel the same. but the longer we wait and the more we comply with how the corrupt society wants us to deal with it is going to take a very long time, we are talking decades if not centuries. However a coupe de tat would sort things out immediate. and that would only take a couple of years. everyone wants change but are to affraid to leave their comfort zone. And they are waiting for some one to take action only then people will leave their comfort zone.
Hasta siempre la victoria. ever onward to victory.

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Joanna January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Jonathan you do such a great job!
Thank you for that!

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Danny January 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Hey mate. That’s a powerful message changing from ego centric to collective centric. Never thought of it like that…thankyou.

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Tommy May 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Google ‘treacherous computing’ and look at the GNU page, more people need to hear about this. Viva la revolucion!

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Way Forward June 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

Outstanding message that is worth passing along… As an American it is my revolution to educate other Americans about the world outside this country. I am fortunate and have been to many places and witnessed the good and the bad that the planet has to offer. Americans take for granted the resources we use and have no idea that they come generally at the expense of other countries and people, often where environment and human rights are trampled by dictators and the privileged few. America has become a country in denial and lead by a political elite that is concerned about personal enrichment and winning rather than doing what’s right for the planet. We have vast resources here, enough hydrocarbons to power our economy for another 50 to 100 years. It’s time America excercises leadership at home by ending the wars and using its own damn oil in order to put people to work, lower our debt and invest in a future beyond hydrocarbons. Anyone who thinks they can live without modern convenience and the crap we each consider as personal value should think real hard. I’ll bet you won’t last a day. Take away the coffee, the sugar, that bottle of cold milk, running water and the toilet paper for a day and try. Thought so, it’s about as easy as finding anything that you use, eat or ride on that isn’t dependent on hydrocarbons, huh? Good Luck to all with your revolutions and if you happen to see mine, please stop by and chat.

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Worldwideclyde December 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I’ve had it up to here!!! The way America treats people with criminal histories is appalling; it’s criminal in itself. I mean, if a man or woman has paid their debt to society, why is it so hard for them to get work and rejoin society? The structure of America has to change, because as it is now, a whole section of U.S. society is being oppressed and discarded like so much garbage. We are men and women, with hopes, dreams, and aspirations, just like everyone else. We’re humans, we’re people, and we are tired of being treated as less than because we were in jail for a while. So, I’m starting a revolution to change the way things are going down, and it might just end up being televised. My web site will be up soon, stay tuned. (P.S. this site is awesome!!!)

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Muck Head February 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

This punk rock “kid” has been reached and plans to use his punk collective marketing/financing/distributing knowledge to start a revolution for a new way of getting products out there without the corporate middle man sucking the life and money out of everyone. I am convinced (well before coming to this site) that the only way for me to ever be happily employed is to run a prosperous collective. Your words have solidified my conviction.

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Behindtheveil February 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

Powerful. I’m been searching for some practical ways to bring forth a revolution of thought. Thank you for being so real and thought provoking.

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Behindtheveil February 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

I have been searching for “my tribe” of revolutionist, social architects, who posses the passion and intellectual equity to promote change for the betterment of the masses. Thank you for providing such practical inspiration.

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Worldwideclyde February 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I started my revolt! I wrote a petition to President Obama through Signon.org. It pertains to ex-cons and the discrimination they face when looking for work. This “color-blind racism” bullshit gotta cease. I got 15 or 16 signatures so far; a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Power to the people!!!

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HellbringsForth April 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

I have been started my revolution. Most of them include the crips. Mass neioghborhoods of worthless gangs killed and murdered. At the moment, i am focusing my attention of San Antonio, Texas. I have already taken Montana. its within its own war at the moment. Join Me. You can reach me at ReaperofSouls411@gmail.com

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lady rice May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

 I started my revolution recently but wasn’t clear on how to present my message but thanks to your post I do now.

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Sandman February 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

If you want to truly make a revolution toward people living on their own terms, then you HAVE to find a way to get rid of MONEY!!!!!!!!! That’s how they control us. Everyone would pitch in and do their part if they didn’t have to worry about money. People would still be passionate about pushing humanity further into infinity. The world could be a peaceful place if there wasn’t money. Just watch Zeitgeist and you’ll understand. Then after money is gone we can throw religion out the door, because that’s all bullshit too, then we could truly become spiritual. If the entire human race was in on making things better for EVERYONE then we would know true peace!!!!!

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Leah October 26, 2013 at 5:13 am

amazing post! admittedly i jumped ahead and decided a few days ago to spearhead a revolution around helping artists as a group to get organized! created a super easy directory so folks that want to buy our art in our local communities can actually FIND US! also through IRIS Artist Directory I want to promote buying local and encouraging others to live a living a tactile life with real, living breathing art work in their homes and offices. Keeping the cost super reasonable for artists just to cover my expenses $5 one time.

oh and as for my art work, i’m helping to revive a strawberry! then maybe peaches…plums…tomatoes…..http://www.marshallstrawberry.com.

thanks guys for your amazing work!! xoxo

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