You feel it in your gut.
Something isn’t quite right.
This picture of life you’ve experienced everyday for so many years now, the monotony, the routine; this isn’t the one you had quite envisioned.
You never saw yourself waking up every morning, rushing to get out the door, hitting heavy traffic, clocking in, working at a job you find boring, or being with people you wouldn’t normally hang out with in your free time.
You never imagined that the majority of your time would be consumed by the dull, mundane, consistent routine that only leaves you exhausted and unmotivated at the end of the day.
You never imagined you would come home to see the guitars collecting dust, or that car you’ve been wanting to work on beginning to rust.
You never dreamed about putting your passions aside to be doing something you hate, just to pay bills.
It sounds depressing.
But let me ask you, what does your gut say?
When you imagine the life you truly WOULD want, what does that look like?
What would you do?
How would that feel?
Imagine if you had enough money and time to do whatever you wanted, what would you be doing?
What would you do when you wake up every day?
What would make you feel alive?
What would make you want to just get up out of bed?
Well whatever it is that makes you feel this way is what you SHOULD be doing.
Whatever it is you find joy doing is what you SHOULD be doing.
It should also be putting money in your pocket.
If that sounds ridiculous to you, or you are rolling your eyes, or you are thinking that there’s no way because sometimes you just have to deal with life, and think “realistically”, then STOP.
Stop reading this post right now.
You are right.
You are going to continue clocking in for the man.
Just sell those instruments, that old car, and just get used to sticking to that schedule you hate. Just get used to being told what to do.
Most ask permission from someone for the rest of their life. They hope and ask their boss for a vacation once a year, and sit around watching tv every evening because they gave up on your dreams.
If you believe what you’ve been told all your life about what gives you joy, that there will always be time for hobbies, like they told me, and that you must keep a “real job”, then you will stay stuck.
It’s time NOW to go with your gut.
What does it say?
People who have freedom didn’t give in to all the cultural lies they’ve been fed.
They didn’t give up.
People who have freedom stayed determined no matter what the circumstances are.
When I started this website, I was homeless,sleeping in cold below freezing weather. I no longer had a laptop. I wrote blog entries using my phone.
People with freedom go with their gut.
I went with my gut.
There is a lot of pressure in our society to roll with the crowd. The majority of people will listen to what they’re told, and fall in line.
Most of us are not taught to follow our gut, and do what we KNOW we want.
For years I had my own internal battles because I really didn’t want to get a “real job”. I wanted the freedom to improve at what I was good at, and use my natural talents to live a life of meaning and purpose. I eventually got so fed up, I HAD to figure out a different way.
By working jobs, I only worked myself into a hole. Ultimately I realized all the bullshit I had been taught and chose to do whatever it took to find the path that lead to personal freedom.
Personal freedom is having the freedom to live how you want and have enough money to be financially stable.
Most people that step forward to do their own thing, and are surrounded by average joes, will be laughed at, mocked, scorned.
You wanna play guitar all day?
You wanna make those silly videos and believe that will support you?
You think that you’re gonna write all day and make a living?!
You think people are gonna actually buy those shirts?
So you think you’re just gonna travel around all the time attending concerts?
So you think you are just gonna travel all over the country trying out new coffee houses or eateries?
LOL… Get a REAL JOB!
This is the reaction from most of your average Joe crowd, but that’s only because they probably once had an idea. They had that small spark that could have been a true creative fire, but it was quickly put out by listening to their family or friends, and by “thinking realistically”.
Follow your gut.
What does it say?
What are you going to do?
I will show you.
If you are like me, I knew that something wasn’t right. I ended up stuck. I knew I wanted out, but I didn’t know exactly how to get out once I was sucked in to where I was barely making enough to get by.
I was working dead-end blue collar jobs, and had to work part-time just to stay afloat financially.
Year after year, like a black hole, my life and freedom was being pulled away.
Each time I tried to get ahead, my truck would break down.
Each time I tried to get ahead, a tooth would begin to hurt.
I didn’t have a mommy or daddy, or family to fall back on. The mistakes in my youth weren’t something I could simply bounce back from. If I made any mistakes, it could mean homelessness, and often it did.
But I never gave up.
The path to freedom requires that you
1. Open your mind.
2. Start replacing your income.
If you open your mind a bit, one thing you might research and consider is that some people literally make thousands per month by building a personal brand and blogging about their life experiences.
You can do that, and start replacing your income.
Here is a list of some some ways to start replacing your income:
* Start a blog or website like the one you are reading now.
* Start your own business (a blog is a business too).
* Create a plan for how you will create, market, and sell your art or music.
* Have extra passive streams of income coming in from other sources, like owning rental properties, affiliate products, or joining a network marketing company.
Leveraging the power of the internet can be the starving artist’s, or the poor man’s way out. It requires very little investment to begin. I say begin with the internet, and blog about who you are, your values, and give people value by sharing what you’ve learned.
Then later begin to add the extra income streams. You don’t HAVE to start blogging. You CAN start creating a plan to move forward with your vision.
A blog and other internet based income sources that makes you money can be something that is part of your plan, integrated, to give you the freedom you want.
Go with your gut.
Rise above the lies.
Get what you want.
Until next time,
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