The Biggest Announcement in Illuminated Mind History

The Biggest Announcement in Illuminated Mind History

Over the last year I’ve come to realize that something has been incubating under the surface. I resisted it at first, but it kept growing in spite of my attempts at ignorance.

I would hear people tell me that this is what I needed to do and would feign interest, going on with my usual plans.

Sometimes you have to get to a point where what’s calling you is so blaringly loud that you can’t ignore it anymore. That’s what happened with me.

Allow me to explain…

For the past couple of years I’ve felt like we’ve operated at close to our potential. Almost there, but not quite. Something was missing, and we needed a final nudge to push us over the edge.

It’s time for us to start operating at full expression and see what kind of impact we can really have. And in order to do that, we need a new brand and a new name.

While the name Illuminated Mind is near and dear to my heart (and will remain the name of our official company), it doesn’t quite say what we need it to. It doesn’t make a statement. It’s kind of like an empty vehicle. It allows us to fit whatever we want into it just fine. But the vehicle itself doesn’t say anything.

We need a vehicle that makes a statement. We need a name that says something, that stands for something.

That name is Paid to Exist.

A few years ago, we had a product called Paid to Exist. It was a course on creating and working on your own terms and getting paid to be who you are. I loved that product, but as with all things in life, my thinking eventually evolved past it. And rather than update the product, I felt like I needed to create something different. That product was Trailblazer.

I’ve been extremely happy with how Trailblazer has gone so far. We’re over 300 members strong and growing day by day. We have members worldwide who are doing awesome things.

But I’ve always been a bit nostalgic about the name Paid to Exist. I’ve always thought it could have become something more than just a defunct course. Not to mention my wife has hounded me repeatedly to change the name to Paid to Exist, and I’ve finally decided to listen. :)

In short, it’s pretty much the best name I’ve come up with for our message and what we’re doing. It makes a clear statement and draws a line in the sand. I  also think it encapsulates what we’re all striving for: to have there be zero separation between what we love to do (our passion), and what we get paid to do (our service to others).

This is an evolution, not a burial.

In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be transitioning the site over to the domain PaidtoExist.com. We’ve been hard at work for months on a brand new site that (I hope) will blow your mind. We’re working on a lot of great stuff that I can’t quite share yet, including a free product-quality toolkit for getting Paid to Exist.

Me and the rest of the team have poured our hearts and souls into this new chapter so much that it chokes me up just to think about it. We’re laying all our cards on the table here.

But I want you to know that this isn’t a funeral for Illuminated Mind.

This is a renewal and an evolution.

Illuminated Mind is breaking free from its cocoon and finally transforming into what it has been meant to be for several years. And I’m incredibly excited to share this next step of our journey with you. In all honesty, the name Paid to Exist is what this community should have been called all along. It’s not so much of a change, but a rite of passage.

Many of you have been with us for a long time (remember this site?), back when this whole thing got started in 2008. (That’s got to be at least a few decades in internet years!)

And I’m excited for all of you to take this next step with us. We’ve had a wild ride so far, but we’re just getting started. It’s time to take this to a whole new level.

We’ll be releasing more info about the change over the next couple of weeks. But for now, just know that you don’t need to do anything. Your subscriptions and access to our products will transfer over seamlessly and automatically.

We’re leaving it all on the field

I have to be honest: I’m afraid that this might backfire. I’m afraid that we might change everything and destroy what we’ve built.

And believe me, I’d rather not do the work that’s necessary to rebrand completely. It’s not fun moving over your database, redesigning your site, changing your messaging, and writing the content for a new website. It’s an incredible amount of work. But I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think it would benefit to this community.

The pull to make this change is greater than that fear. I believe in Paid to Exist. I also believe you risk regret when you don’t follow your intuition and listen to that voice telling you you must grow and transform.

The reality is that this could either be the greatest decision we’ve ever made, or it could blow up in our face. I obviously hope it’s the former.

Thanks for being with us on this new leg of our journey. Thank you for sticking with us. Thank you for being a part of this incredible community. Your support means more than you can know.

We’ll be unveiling the new site on Tuesday, July 17th.

Stay tuned.

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MarcoLee
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I like the way you say that this is evolution not burial. I’m looking forward to this growth. :)

jeremiahaja
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congrats man!
excited to see what the next chapter will bring for you…and for us.
exciting stuff for sure- all the best to you and the team.

maraglatzel
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This is absolutely fantastic, and I cannot wait to see what’s next! xo

Jamie Alexander
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” Over the last year I’ve come to realize that something has been incubating under the surface. I resisted it at first, but it kept growing in spite of my attempts at ignorance. I would hear people tell me that this is what I needed to do and would feign interest, going on with my usual plans. Sometimes you have to get to a point where what’s calling you is so blaringly loud that you can’t ignore it anymore. That’s what happened with me. Allow me to explain…”   I seriously thought you were going to say “PINTREST” up until… Read more »
EventualMillion
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Congrats on this! Looking forward to seeing the new evolution :)

Erica Holthausen
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You’re wife is brilliant! And the new name . . . well, it’s all sorts of truth in advertising! Big changes like this are always a little nerve-wracking, but once you push that “publish” button on July 17th, well, you will definitely have cause to celebrate. Congratulations, Jonathan. I can’t wait to see what you’re up to!

Steph100
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I’m very excited about the transformation and evolution to the new name as well and think it’s a great representation for the work you’re leading. Looking forward to seeing what’s next! Congrats! 

PaigeBurkes
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Paid To Exist definitely sends a much clearer message of what this site and its offerings are all about.  I love it!

ClaudiaStehli
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Jonathan I love your post and the new name is great. I wish I would find a great name for my business, it’s the hardest thing to choose. 
 
For the future I wish you just the best. You changed my life with Trailblazer.
 
Un abrazo desde Mexico
Claudia

skipblankley
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by removing the boundaries set years ago with this “brand” you are opening up a world of possibilities.  you are definitely doing the right thing. best of luck with the whole process!
 

Henri
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When I read this post, I kept nodding my head. I don’t know why, but this feels like the next step for you guys and it just makes sense.
 
Also, completely agree that sometimes an idea just has to slap you in the face until we finally get it.
 
Keep rocking!

lahara
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Congrats! The new name really does express express your vision!  Love it! Looking forward to the official launch

JonGiganti1
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Congrats man!  That’s your calling and your gift to the world.  Go get it!

lizc
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as someone who is trying to climb back on the horse I say : “Why not, live in the now and do it”

RyanJames1
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I have recently found your site and have been loving the content.  Very much looking forward for the next stage of your development.

MelanieNicole
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this is a great idea, can’t wait to see what you’ve done!

leregalla
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Congrats, Jonathan! I think the new name is great, it really reflects who you are and what you are doing much more clearly. A great turning point. Rock on! :)

ZenCaffeine
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Congrats on taking the next step! I can’t wait to see the new site. =)

sharonoday
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As long as that gentle “edge” goes with you, Jonathan, we’ll all follow you wherever you go … ;-)

JonathanMead
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 @sharonoday You’re a sweetheart Sharon, thank you for your support.

lisalandtroop
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Hey there! Awesome news about the site re-branding. Change is good, it’s even great sometimes! I’m looking forward to seeing the new site and to enjoying more Paid to Exist content from you!

JonathanMead
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 @lisalandtroop Thanks Lisa.

DallasN2Great
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Paid to Exist!  It’s in you so now it must come out!  Can’t wait for the coming out party!  Awesome stuff!

JonathanMead
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 @DallasN2Great For some reason Gwen Stefani starts singing in my head when I think about that…

Derek Murphy
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I think it’s a smart choice. You’re right that “Illuminated Minds” doesn’t seem to mean anything, whereas “Paid to Exist” can mean so much.

JonathanMead
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 @Derek Murphy Yup. It’s a gutsy name, but hey, that’s the way we operate.

Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills
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J, you are always inspiring. It’s a gutsy move and that’s nothing more than being true to who you really are. Fly my friend, fly!

JonathanMead
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 @Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills Thanks Jonathan, appreciate your support and the great work you’re doing.

Damoores
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Perfect name. Sounds like the good kind of scary, which is usually a indicator to pull trigger. Congrats!!

JonathanMead
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 @Damoores That’s the hardest part I think.

leejennyjh
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congratulations!

JonathanMead
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 @leejennyjh Thanks Jenny.

ColleenConger
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LOVE the new name!  I like Illuminated mind, but Paid To Exist, damn, that hits the nail on the head!
 
Like everyone else here that has commented Jonathan, you have a loyal band of followers/readers/tribers (whatever you want to call them) and since you’ve laid such a solid foundation since 2008, we’ll be right here to support you, encourage you, and most importantly follow you to your next destination.
 
Can’t wait to see the next site and all the great things you have in store for both us and YOU!

JonathanMead
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 @ColleenConger Glad you’re feeling it Colleen. Always a pleasure to see you around here. :)

KarenMcCormick
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@How awesome is that to have a clear vision for doing what you love, to have the personal depth to  keep learning and growing, not being afraid to embrace change and take things to a higher level. “Courage is not being fearless, Courage is being scared to death and going for it anyway.”- Dov Baron. Go for it!

JonathanMead
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 @KarenMcCormick  @How Thanks for the support Karen.

John Falchetto
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Congrats Jonathan! You are so right it’s an evolution not a burial.
 
Now my question is, when does jonathanmead.com get unveiled? ;)

SittingTurtle
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 @John Falchetto
 I agree with John.  What you decide to call the company doesn’t matter as much as the people creating the company.  You will still be you no matter how you “brand” yourself!
 
I can’t wait to see the new site!

JonathanMead
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 @SittingTurtle  @John Falchetto Indeed. I think the name really just makes you feel better about what you’re doing. A lot of people don’t care as much as we think.

cakobu
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 @John Falchetto @JonathanMead  I was wondering about the same thing :)

cakobu
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 @John Falchetto @JonathanMead I was wondering about the same thing :)

Bright Little Socks
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Do what you love, isn’t that what you always tell us? So if you love Paid to Exist, just go for it :)

JonathanMead
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 @Bright Little Socks Yeah, guess I better swallow my own medicine…

keepapi
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Yay!  Go you Jonathon.  Congratulations on taking the plunge x

JonathanMead
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 @keepapi Plunging is what I do best :)

zimpeterw
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Jonathan, I enjoy your writing and how your mind works, but as one of your older followers, I get a slight negative connotation from “Paid to Exist” almost as if it is saying that just existing, without actually doing anything, entitles one to get paid.    I know that is not your intention and I hope that my initial reaction is unique to me, a contrary old guy who sees many things differently. This is one case where I would like to be proved wrong! Just wanted to mention my initial reaction for what it’s worth.   Wishing you the… Read more »
JonathanMead
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 @zimpeterw I’m glad you pointed this out. We’re definitely not about entitlement. Everyone has to earn their keep to live in this world. It would be a pretty boring world otherwise.
 
But, we want to create a community that’s centered around getting paid for your natural talents and skills, which is what PTE is all about. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

dwest
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@timing is everything!  I have not been an avid follower, but sometimes it takes life turning (not always positive) events to bring you to your senses. I am excited to hear about your new venture and to be a part of a creative and innovative group “that thinks and acts outside the norm”! 

JonathanMead
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 @dwest  @timing Aint that the truth.

CarenB
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“zero separation between what we love to do (our passion), and what we get paid to do (our service to others).”

BevWebb
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Congrats on the new name – have to say, I think it sounds absolutely PERFECT!!!Having just re-branded myself (although on a slightly smaller scale than you!!), I totally get how the fear grips you. I think ‘Paid to Exist’ is going to totally fly and am looking forward to seeing it soar!  :)

JonathanMead
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 @BevWebb Thanks Bev, appreciate you being with us in this transition.

tessgm
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Great decision – I’ve sometimes had to remind myself who you are when looking at Illuminated Mind and then I think “Oh yes, the Paid to Exist guy”. Well done!

JonathanMead
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 @tessgm Haha, that’s good to know. Guess we’re doing the right thing then, eh?

CarenB
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I love your reason for this. To have “zero separation between what we love to do (our passion), and what we get paid to do (our service to others).” Getting paid to exist helping others get paid to exist. It’s so meta! Excited to be a part of it.

JonathanMead
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 @CarenB Yeah, there’s definitely a few layers of meta going on here. We don’t know any other way.

EnsoJourney
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Man, I love this idea. Can’t wait to do see the whole change. This will be EPIC :)

JonathanMead
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 @EnsoJourney I think so too man. Thanks for being a part of this community Alejandro.

LisaBerkovitz
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Love it, Jonathan! Congrats!!!!

JonathanMead
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 @LisaBerkovitz Thanks Lisa.

whispersandwishes
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love it! and so understand the fears (and the work… The Planet you was a hellbender for me)
Wishing you allt he success you drive us to seek :)

JonathanMead
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 @whispersandwishes Hellbender, that’s a good way of putting it.

Loran Hills
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I don’t thnk your plan will backfire at all! You are blazing your own trail and have aligned with what is calling to you the loudest, so how can you fail? Can’t wait to see what the team has come up with!

JonathanMead
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 @Loran Hills Glad to have you in Trailblazer Loran, we’re excited to have you with us in this new chapter.

RandiP
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Gotta do what you gotta do. Way to follow soul : )

JonathanMead
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 @RandiP Thanks Randi :)

somanda
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I’m so glad you listened to your wife and changed your business name. To me, Paid to Exist incorporates the body, the gut, the will, all the lower chakras that have to be mobilized to actually get stuff done in the corporeal plane. Blazing a trail cannot be solely in one’s mind, no matter how illuminated. And I find it much more inclusive of the feminine life-giving force. It is a more powerful and balanced name. As mammals, we simply exist, and we are fed. We cry out and down comes the milk. This is our underlying pattern, and by… Read more »
JonathanMead
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 @somanda This is probably the most beautiful comment I’ve read in a long time. Thank you Amanda.

KristieBlankenship
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I love the new name! I’m in. I’ll still follow even though I’m new to your website anyhow, LOL!
 

JonathanMead
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 @KristieBlankenship Thanks for sticking with us Kristie.

AlaiaWilliams
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Oh yes, I remember that old site! Back in the days when we were practically neighbors (me in Eagle Rock, you in Pasadena). Time flies! Good luck with the new site!

JonathanMead
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 @AlaiaWilliams I know Alaia. Those were the days!

jenyshapolk
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Yes!! Rad. 

JonathanMead
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 @jenyshapolk :)

bretthenley
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Love it.
 
Brand, message, message behind the change – all of it.
 
While shifting course a bit is terrifying – it has to be revitalizing as well. Sometimes you need to shake things up and head down a different path.
 
Here’s to hoping (no assuming) that this work will work out brilliantly. We’ll be there along the way.

JonathanMead
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 @bretthenley It’s revitalizing and exhausting at the same time. But not the kind of exhaustion that makes you feel despair, the kind that makes you feel spent thinking “I’m doing exactly what needs to be done.”

Midlife Maverick
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Hi Jonathan. I don’t get the “Paid to Exist” brand! I don’t want to just exist. People with jobs just exist. I link existing with surviving and I want to thrive not survive. I’m I missing something???

SeanIM
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 @Midlife Maverick You beat me to it…was thinking the same thing.  But totally appreciate the move and sentiment to a new name that has more clarity in it’s mission. 

JonathanMead
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 @SeanIM Great point guys, I think that a lot of people will get this reaction and that’s why I struggled with using this name. I don’t want people to think it’s about entitlement, or just about existing. It’s much more than that.
 
However, the baseline ideal for life is where you get paid to share your natural talents, skills, and gifts with your community. To me, that’s what it means to be “paid to exist.” Unfortunately most of us currently get paid to do something we don’t really care about, because we feel that’s the only way.

micheleylang
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 @JonathanMead Ehhhhh, Jonathan, I would follow you to the ends of the earth, and am a huge believer in your talents.  But I saw “Paid to Exist” and my first reaction was “Meh…exist?”  Revisited it tonight and said, “Meh…exist?”   Isn’t the name supposed to be something that grabs you and just kinda kicks you in the gut?  So how is it grabbable and gut-kickable if you have to explain what you mean by it?  Shouldn’t it be obvious, so it doesn’t HAVE to be explained?  Nevertheless, I’ll try to like it, because I want Ev’yan to be happy LOL.

annedreshfield
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Awesome. Best of luck and can’t wait to see the new site! 

JonathanMead
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 @annedreshfield I think it’s going to be pretty fun. Can’t wait to show you all.

GinaRafkind
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It’s totally perfect! Love it!

JonathanMead
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 @GinaRafkind I guess I’ll settle for perfect. Just this once. :)

bcoelho2000
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“Paid to Exist” is a VERY strong statement! From my talks with those who are getting “Paid to be Slaves” I know that your message can really resonate with them. And me!    Escaping the “Hamster Wheel” and the “New Economy Slavery” to really be all that we can be AND be financially free while doing it… is a real dream that you’re helping, everyone around the World, accomplish. I’m really grateful for you!   Feel free to contact me if you want to brainstorm ideas, new ways to present the new concept or anything else that you believe I can help… Read more »
JonathanMead
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 @bcoelho2000 Thanks Bruno, really appreciate the support brother.

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