Welcome to the All-New Paid to Exist

Welcome to the All-New Paid to Exist

It’s been a long time coming… and we’ve finally done it! Welcome to the all new Paid to Exist.

I’m incredibly excited to finally unveil the new home we’ve been carefully building for the past four months. Working on this has been one of the most emotionally, mentally and spiritually demanding undertakings I’ve ever embarked on (just ask my wife). Myself and our team have poured our hearts, sweat, blood and souls into this thing, and I think it shows.

What do you think?

Personally, I’m absolutely in love with this new space and I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot more time here because of it.

Here are a few of the things that I love about it:

  1. It’s mobile-optimal. I would say mobile-friendly, but it goes far beyond that. Go ahead, view the site on your iPhone, iPad or other mobile device. Your experience should be just as awesome as if you were hanging out on your laptop.
  2. Content-focused. We’ve got a lot of stuff built into this theme that will make the presentation of our content much more interesting, dynamic and fun to engage with.
  3. It’s centered around our message. We’ve done a ton of work to get this design in line with our message and voice. We think it feels like a place you’d want to hang out as a pitstop on your remarkable journeys.
Go ahead, explore, play, hang out and have fun. And if you come across anything funky or broken, please let us know so we can fix it. We’ve tested everything a bajillion times (yes, literally a bajillion), but you never know…

The all new Paid to Exist toolkit (aka “Backpack”)

We didn’t just change the website, we’ve also created a seriously awesome new toolkit you’ll get access to when you join our community. It’s a handcrafted collection of resources designed to help you get off the ground running to get paid to be you. We call it the Backpack.

You can see what it’s all about here. After signing up, you’ll also get a brand spankin’ new email series on quitting your day job and building a lifestyle business that supports your freedom. Our aim is to never send you an email that doesn’t matter. So feel free to unsubscribe at any time if you’re not getting any value out of your membership.

What you can expect from us next

We’re not just changing the design and the content on our email list — we’re revamping and retooling all of the content we publish on the blog. Doing this rebranding has inspired us to rethink the way we approach our content and we want to take this opportunity to bring our content to another level.

Here’s what we’ll be bringing you:

  • More in-depth guides on specific topics. Think long, action-specific articles on building community, uncovering your passion, and more.
  • Detailed case studies. We’re going to start featuring more case studies and stories from people living lives of purpose getting paid to do what they love. We’re looking for people that can share and chronicle their journey with specific steps, actions and details to back it up (scripts, examples of what you did, resources, etc.). If you’re interested in pitching us an idea, please contact us.

The muscle and genius behind the new headquarters

Of course I didn’t create this by myself. I had a lot of help from some incredibly talented people. Our genius developer and responsive designer Chase Reeves made every pixel here perfect. He seriously went a bit overboard (you should see our email exchanges…).

If you’re looking for a site that’s engaging, mobile-friendly and that converts, I highly recommend getting in touch with him. His attention to detail and service is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

Dustin Lee, our resident brand expert and lead marketer, also poured his heart and soul into this launch. He’s responsible for most of the graphics you see here, as well as all of the hard work laying out the Backpack. Thanks man, you can get some sleep now. :)

Also, thanks Robert (our IT ninja), Ev’Yan (Chief editor) and Adrianne (our Community Ambassador) for all of your hard work. You’re all awesome. We’re going to party soon.

Celebrate with us

So, what do you think? Want to help us celebrate?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment down below. Or say hi on our brand new Twitter account.

And expect more from us later this week. We’ve got some kickass content coming your way shortly.

— Jonathan Mead
and the PTE team

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Ryan Hanley
Guest

This is only my first day here but I’m completely blown away by the simplicity, elegance and focus on Value + Adding Subscribers…

Love it and would love to get out of Genesis and over to Thesis with my design.

Great stuff and I look forward to being part of this community.

Ryan H.

Teresa
Guest

The materials are very personable, very thoughtfully crafted and yes, the graphics are amazing. I’ve been part of this community since early this year and it is a great community to be part of.

This offering delivers value and is quality work for FREE!
You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
Sign up and enjoy~

Cedric
Admin

You’re a doll Teresa. Seriously. Couldn’t ask for a better ambassador than you. Stay awesome.

my honest answer
Guest

I’m so excited for the launch! Going to have a good look round and get comfortable.

Alejandro Reyes
Guest

This is truly a wonderful change, I can’t believe how beautiful the site is. I see only success in the future for all the Paid to Exist team.

Please, get some well deserved rest. you did an awesome job! :)

Cedric
Admin

You’re too kind Alejandro. Thanks for all your support.

Ricardo Bueno
Guest

Still poking around, but so far…looks damn good! Congrats!

Derek
Guest

Is Chase Reeves the hottest designer out there right now?

Yep.

He is.

He doesn’t know how to dress himself, but he sure knows how to dress up a website.

Cedric
Admin

LOL.

chasereeves
Guest

Derek, i’m humbled by your thought… especially since I know you’re sitting in one of 3 godawful Lacoste v-necks you’ve been wearing for the past 8 months.

A man like you commenting on *my* fashion sense… {deep breath} is humbling. :)

Thx man. Means a lot.

Jonathan, CONGRATS my man! Go forth and multiply…

Derek
Guest

5 months.

When it’s cold out, I wear Dexter shirts. :-)

Jamie Alexander
Guest

Yep, you’ve done it.

It’s definitely one of the nicest projects I’ve seen recently. I can see you making a few tiny little changes. I’ll not say here and see if it happens as the weeks go on, but there are more tiny details that actual design.

Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire
Guest

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dustin and Chase, so impressive. One of the best sites out there :)

You guys rock.

Jennifer Blanchard
Guest

Congrats to you Jonathan and your team of people! The site looks amazing. I love the focus on the content and the Backpack rocks! I can’t wait to share the link to it with everyone I know. Thanks for being a stand for people having a life they love.

Susan
Guest

Looks great! Fantastic job. Looking forward to what comes next. :)

Brett Henley
Guest

Unbelievable. You guys nailed it.

Big time congrats – looking forward to the journey ahead.

Cedric
Admin

Thanks brother. Grateful for your support.

Adrianne
Guest

So excited to have this finally out for everyone to see! You guys rocked this one :)

Kim
Guest

Looks great!

Muhammad Fawaz
Guest

Browsing on my LG windows phone, and hell yeah, the PTE website is Gorgeous.

I’m totally looking forward to more butt kicking with this awesome community

Kandice
Guest

Congrats on the new site. It’s simply beautiful. Can’t wait to take a look around. Great job!

Jenysha
Guest

Don’t really know what to say but WOW. This is explosive. It’s such a lovely new home. Congrats!!!

Bekkah Clifford
Guest

I love it! I love the clean look, the vintage funky quirky feel and the nice large type. It seems simple, direct and effective. I hate sites that continue to tease you about topics without ever really telling you anything. This seems quite the opposite. Fantastic work!

Tracy Chapman
Guest
Hey Jonathan!! Congratulations! Site looks fantastic and I’m enjoying the Backpack so far. Question for you ~ since I got the early Backpack email yesterday, does that mean I’m already on the email list going forward? I definitely want to be ~ just thought I’d check in and make sure. Also, you probably have a couple of different emails for me so I want to consolidate my account (including affiliate #, etc) into one email address. Shoot me a message offline when you have some time… Also let me know if you’re still up for that beer we talked about… Read more »
Yee Shun-Jian
Guest

Love the fresh new site/look, Jonathan…

I’m sure this one’s going to kick more ass than the previous one =)

Kenny Rose
Guest

Fabulous look and feel. I have not bought one single product or service from illuminated mind. What I know is from the value provided through the newsletter and posts without a doubt any person who does purchase something will get insane value.

It is clear Jonathan does not do go for half measures. It is full on or not at all. Paid To Exist is just another example of that approach to excellence and commitment to helping people achieve there dreams.

Emilie
Guest

Congrats Jonathan! The site looks phenomenal, and that Backpack. Yup. I dig it. :)

Cedric
Admin

Thanks Emilie! You inspire us all the time.

José Pablo
Guest

Jonathan,
I’ve followed you for a few months now, and although I’m 1/4th through college, (And thus I’ve juggle a bit with college responsibilities) I’m already crafting a life I’ll feel fulfilled to have. Your writings have been a constant reminder that if I want to live the life I want, I’ve to break away from some things that are holding me back.
I like the simplicity of the site! Look forward to your new ideas!
Congratulations from México!

Lorii Abela
Guest

Congratulations! Absolutely love this new look…

Themightyrenegade
Guest

Love, love and love the look. I know that’s cheesy that I just typed love three times, but I like cheese. Been trying to decide once and for all what framework would be best for my site. So this is Thesis correct? Looking forward to watching you guys blow-up. Congratulations.

Cedric
Admin

Not cheesy at all. We love compliments. :)

Sherelle
Guest

The site looks beautiful! And I LOVE the design on The Backpack. Such a great, congruent feel all the way around.

Cedric
Admin

Thank you Sherelle. Dustin will be pleased to hear that. :)

Ev`Yan
Guest
Big, big high-tens to Chase (you always look nice in my opinion, brother) & Dustin (YOU ARE THE MAN OF ALL THE MEN) for their hard work designing, coding, brooding, sleeplessness, & obsessive compulsive attention to detail. If it weren’t for you two, this site would’ve looked 1/4-assed. You both deserve to be kings for a day. Adrianne, you’ve been the shiniest, prettiest gem in this entire endeavor. It means so much to *me* to have your feminine energy on our team. Without you, it would be a sausage fest. And while I like sausage (tofu), I deeply appreciate your… Read more »
Anne
Guest

Yup, colors, layout, & other design elements rock. Mobile interface is clean and friendly :)
(though I must admit on my 3rd gen iPod touch the initial load took nearly a minute)
Having followed your work since before illuminated mind, I’m excited to see this evolution; I agree that it is a return to the core of your mission, and look forward to continuing to share your inspiring ideas with friends and family. I’ve also enjoyed getting to see your students’ work emerge into the world. Thanks for rockin your awesome self!

Cedric
Admin

Thanks Anne. Yeah, mobile load times seems to be a bit slow right now. We’ll be looking into that. Thanks for your comments!

Jacs
Guest

Yay! Congratulations Jonathan. It looks awesome. love the layout and design. Can’t comment on the mobility of it as don’t use a mobile device, but it looks tight on my mac laptop! And I am loving the Backpack. Well done you guys! x Jacs

Colby
Guest

The new site and layout is unquestionably authentic and awesome. It rocks!

Cedric
Admin

You’re unquestionably awesome. Thanks Colby.

Pierre | Internet Business Generation
Guest

Love the new site and name. Its always a massive move to change domains, but this is where you belong. PS – looking forward to another short film!

Anna Simmonds
Guest

Illuminated Mind has been on my iGoogle homepage since this post http://paidtoexist.com/the-future-and-evolution-of-illuminated-mind/

I’ve been a bit poo at commenting, but now I can’t help it: this rebrand is stunning. The name, the design (yay for responsive layouts!), everything.

I’ve always loved how upfront you’ve been about the direction of the site. It’s so much fun to go back in the archives and watch how everything’s developed.

Again, the rebrand is fantastic. Keep it up: the fantastic writing, the amazing guides, the inspiration, everything.

Thanks,
Anna

Positive Quitter
Guest

In my humble opinion from across the pond? Great look, great content, great site. Expected nothing less of course! The backpack’s been slung across my shoulders for most of the day :)

Mika
Guest

This is quite striking. I’m excited for PTE. Love the bold vibe and direction you’re taking this. Looking forward to all the more focused content and case studies! Congrats to you and everyone that’s worked so hard on this!

Jeremy
Guest

Jonathan & Co.–

This looks awesome. Trailblazer was awesome, but this takes it up a notch. I also really like the concept of the Backpack. It puts some great tools all in one place (for free, no less!) and ties them together in a way that makes you want to step on out.

The one question I have about the Backpack is the Yammer sign-up. It will not accept personal email addresses, which sort of baffles me. Is there something I am overlooking?

Many thanks,
J

Adrianne
Guest

Hey J
Had some trouble with the initial setup of the yammer group. You can try again (and it should let you in) but if you have any trouble just drop us an email and I can help you out!

Adrianne

Liz Vidal
Guest

Being a hiker and outdoor nut I’m absolutely loving the backpack and the color schemes. Congratulations on the new stunning design and the smooth transition.
Thanks for the PtE kit!

All my best,
Liz

Tia Sparkles
Guest

You’re a class act, Mead. Rock on.

Tyler Tervooren
Guest

Congrats on the re-launch, Jonathan! The new site looks incredible, and the focus feels a lot tighter and truer to what you’re all about. Well done!

Cedric
Admin

Thanks Tyler — you do awesome work. That means a lot coming from you.

Mark Furlong
Guest

Congratulations! Thank you so much for the great work you are doing. I am working at doing something complimentary in the “Christian” world; the ones who focus on helping and loving people. Thanks for staying at it.
Mark

Tess Giles Marshall
Guest

Looks fantastic, Jonathan, really looking forward to exploring. Congratulations!

Emmie
Guest

Would love to see an easy way to subscribe to the blog via RSS!

Tanja
Guest

Simply, resourceful and more over inspiring! Using your words – nothing is getting in the Way of your Awesomeness!!!

Wish you all the best,

Tanja

Gregory Ciotti
Guest

Site is downright gorgeous, Chase’s work is killer.

Lori
Guest

Very earthy crunchy! Since I love to hike and get out in the back country, I love the ties to the backpack and trail blazing. I think I’ll enjoy hanging out here. Great work, guys!

Justin Miller
Guest

J-Mead and PTE team,

Congrats on the site. Looks prettier than a lady on her wedding day. #TRUTH!

Best wishes and continued success! It’s well deserved.

Cedric
Admin

Best.comment.ever.

Justin Miller
Guest

I’m not going to fight you on that

Amber
Guest

Figured you had something completely and totally badass planned for the new space… but this AMAZING. Congrats to the PTE team!

Claire
Guest

Jonathan,

Thank you so much for this site. I unpacked my Backpack last night. It’s a great book!

I look forward to reading more…

Claire

Ethan
Guest

Jonathan- the site is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t get over how much you’re giving away in the backpack. I’m so happy your site looks unique, and not like a generic “high conversion” wordpress theme. It’s clear that a lot of thought went in all around. Cheers!

Rene
Guest

CONGRATULATIONS Jonathan & Team!
The new design really rocks!
I just LOVE the simplicity of the site, the colours, the design…what more can I say! WOW!
The content of course, is always Topnotch!
I am so excited to see what’s in store next…

Justin
Guest

You surpassed my expectations man. I was looking forward to checking out the new site, but didn’t think it would be this badass. Everything looks great. Congrats to you and your team on the job well done. Here’s to a life of doing what we love!

Take care,
Justin

Zoilatte
Guest

Congratulations from the bottom of my heart.

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