Freedom is supposed to be a state of mind… Or is it?
If I can’t afford to buy my own time, am I really free? If I have to sell my time to someone else, to achieve their goals and their agenda, then am I really free?
For a long time, my mind has been rented out. I’ve been whoring out my mind so that someone else can further their goals.
We justify this kind of whoring as serving a means to an end. You gotta eat, right? You gotta have a place to sleep, right? Sure. Survival is important. But I’m tired of whoring myself out for survival. I want to live, not just survive.
So like throwing away money to rent an apartment month after month, I’d rather stop throwing away my time to serve someone else’s goals. I’d rather finance the freedom of my own mind, then sublet it to a corporation that barely resembles anything human. Just like people make it a goal to own their own home, I’d like to own my own mind.
But the reason this is so difficult is because of:
The Deep Roots of Domestication
From a young age, we’re lead to believe a certain framework of beliefs and “realities.” Depending on your culture, place of birth and social/financial status, you may be lucky enough to grow up with the belief that owning your own time is a birthright. If you’re not so lucky, you’re ingrained with the belief that whoring yourself out is the only option. It’s “just the way it works,” we’re told.
If you belong to the latter group, you’re told that you can possibly rise past this limitation, if you rent your mind out to a university for four years. Maybe you’ll get a high enough position where they’ll give you a few weeks off every year, so that you can recover from the aneurysm they gave you.
Good deal, huh?
Cubicle to the casket is not my idea of a good deal.
When we’re born, our minds are completely free. We eventually learn a language and our minds become mostly the property of our parents. But we’re promised in the future, when we become an adult, we’ll be able to reclaim that ownership. But then we’re expected to give up our minds all over again. I think this is bullshit.
As you can see, I’m a little tired of this. That’s why I’ve created:
This plan has been over a year in the making. Since I started this blog in February 2008, my ultimate aim has always been to have this project — this blog — become my main source of income. I’ve managed to get halfway there. This blog is making up about 50% of my income right now.
My plan is to quit my day job in 90 days, or less. So my ultimate aim (as you can tell, I’m allergic to goals) is to increase that revenue to completely match the income from my mind-landlord. I think I can do it. We’ll see.
The main way I plan to do this is by starting to take paid clients for life coaching. I’ll probably start out at a reasonably low rate like $95 per hour (most other coaches charge around $150-250). Currently, I am coaching a lot of clients for free, gaining experience and being coached by a number of other experienced life coaches. It’s really awesome, and I’m excited to help people in such a personal, one-on-one way. It’s much different than responding to a question in an email, or getting comments back from an article. It’s hard to describe, other than that it’s a deeply fulfilling experience for me.
If you’re interested in reserving a coaching spot with me, before I put up the sales page (I’m only going to take 3-6 clients a month), send me a note through the contact form.
As of right now, I have three income streams through this blog and writing. My biggest is my ebook sales, and the other two are affiliate commissions and income from freelance writing. If I can match the income I’m making from my ebook sales, and with doing life coaching, I’ll be able to quit my day job. It will only take about 3-4 clients a month (four sessions per month) for me to be able to meet this objective.
I could break everything down into more detail here, but I’d rather not bore you. In the next couple of months, though, I’ll be writing an ebook about how I built my blog, my brand, and created my online business. (Assuming all goes according to plan, of course.) It will be written after I quit my day job. Whether that’s sooner or later, I can’t predict. But it will happen eventually. That’s a promise.
All of this brings me to something else that’s very important to me and pretty much the reason I do this stuff:
The reason I wake up every day
The more I write, the more I know that this is what I’m meant to do. This is the reason I wake up everyday. This is what I think about before I go to sleep. Living to my fullest potential and helping other people awaken to their own, gives me so much satisfaction that sometimes it’s hard to contain it. Sometimes I just want to break into tears when I read some of the amazing feedback I get through this blog.
But working toward someone else’s goals while I’m pursuing my own, obscures and dilutes my mission. I know that I could do so much more if I had complete ownership of my mind and my time.
Moving closer to that dream has been my reason for working seven days a week. It’s been my reason for waking up early to have a little more time to write, and a little more time to think. It’s been my reason for sitting on the couch with my laptop, working through dinner, responding to emails and questions, because during the day I have no other time.
Making progress to reclaiming my dreams has been my obsession over the past year. It’s amazing what an unlimited well of energy you have when you are insanely clear about your purpose in life.
The problem is this… I have this immense constant surge of energy moving into my life. It fuels my passion for helping others live more authentically. But by owning only two out of seven days of my week, that energy is ridiculously bottle-necked.
It’s like the energy available to me is this massive river. White water rushing, and a swift moving current. It’s wide and deep. The depth of its strength is unknowable.
But as it flows, it runs into a crevasse no more than six inches wide at the face of a cliff. The river pushes up against the canyon, but the passage can’t contain the flood. It’s too great and the entry is too small. The cliff and the ravine suffocates the waters entrance.
But it’s persistent.
It keeps pressing up against that gap. Keeps pushing. Keeps rushing. It is patient.
The river knows that sooner or later, it will edge away at that crevice. It doesn’t give up. It doesn’t know what that means. It just keeps flowing. Keeps moving.
Days, weeks, months go by and eventually that fissure becomes a great divide. Now the river’s energy is unrestricted, uninhibited. It flows freely.
I am that river. River-mind and heart-sight.
In case you’re interested, here’s how you can help…
I certainly am not deluding myself that I’ve been able to create this amazing community without all of you. The amount of support and feedback YOU have given me has been invaluable.
Now I want to move this project into phase two. I want to be able to create even more awesome products and write even more in-depth articles on non-standard ways of living. I know that I can do that, but only if I’m doing this stuff full time.
So, if you want to see this unconventional craziness taken to a whole new level, here’s what you can do:
- The biggest thing you can do is take this survey. I’m trying to get as much feedback as possible on what you want to see written and what you are interested in. That’s really what I care about, above everything. By taking this survey, I’ll have a better understanding of you and what you want.
- Spread the word about this blog. Email the articles to your friends or family if you think they could benefit. Tweet about it, share it on facebook, or however you share cool stuff online. Whichever way you do this, is appreciated.
- Buy my ebook, Reclaim Your Dreams. This is really the best way to support my efforts. All of the money goes straight to me escaping cubicle hell (after Paypal takes its cut, of course). And what better way to start working on your dreams than by helping someone else live theirs? I think it’s a pretty sweet deal.
- Lastly, make a donation. If you’ve ever gotten any value out of my writings, I would sincerely appreciate a donation. If you’re not in the position to make a donation, that’s completely fine, as well. This site will never cost money and my posts will always remain ad-free.
Above all, thank you
I want you to know you are the number one reason I keep doing this stuff. Creating a social movement of liberation is what keeps me moving, even when I feel like the culmination is so far away. This community means more to me than anything, and I couldn’t do it without you.
The path of the liberation artist is not an easy one, but there’s nothing I’d rather be doing.
Thank you for inspiring me to follow my own path.
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