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This is Your Wake-up Call

If your goal in life is to work 40 hours of your week for someone else, and get a paycheck only off of what they say is the right amount for you to make, this may not be the blog for you. However, I firmly believe that everyone wants something more out of life than just what we're told we're given. I say "told" because the truth is, we're not really given that much. In the end, we are letting someone else decide what we are worth, and what our time is worth. In a meritocracy like our society claims to be, we should be able to decide what we are worth based on what skills we want to accumulate and how to exercise them. We still have this ability, but the popularity of corporate America has really squashed the perfect potential to do that. Rather, we're not educated on how to do it. We're not educated on how to use our strengths. Most people go into some sort of business operation with the idea that they should make the same consistency of money as working a normal job does. However, if you're going to be making much greater paychecks than a normal job, you're going to have to put in a much greater preparation in order to reach that consistency. We're talking several years of building the plane and getting it off of the runway before you can actually fly, whereas in a normal job, you get an interview and you get hired and then you get paid. It's that simple. That simplicity is a really attractive way to live your life because it reduces the amount of stress that you receive, and allows you more time to focus on what is right in front of you. The thing is, it comes back around, because that is a just another way to live in immediate gratification. We need to delay our gratification, so instead of having something "okay" all the time, we're going to have something great later. Patience is a virtue, right?

I am not going to write this blog as if I'm a multi-millionaire because I'm not. However, I am familiar enough with the process because I've been introduced to so many successful people. I am not where they're at right now, and I'm not even chasing the same route that they ran in order to get to where they got. The truth is, I don't want to be exactly where they are. I just want to be at the same level of success, proportional to my dreams and goals. I was lucky enough to be introduced to a very hefty chunk of successful people, to sit in on presentations, given by people who make more money on a monthly basis than I have ever made in my entire life. Than my entire family has ever made in their entire lives combined! I lost a good chunk of that knowledge because the brain is better at keeping things out and keeping things in, but even if I only kept 10%, I kept enough to change the way that I view life. I am not interested in thinking "when I am rich, I'll do this." I'm not interested in starting tomorrow. I would rather burn my legs sprinting away from the rat race than spend another second relaxing within it. And I don't think I'm alone in that, I think that there are other people out there, hidden behind the mask of regularity, indoctrinated into this form of society, who just don't know what direction to run in. Again, I am not a millionaire. I'm not a millionaire yet. But I did start. I started, and that puts me way farther ahead than most people. For the first few years of business, you should expect debt. You should expect to be making less than you are spending on your business. All that you can do on that front is minimize the proportion of debt to the best of your ability. Don't be afraid of it.

I'll talk some more on the exact methods that I'm aware of later. for now I want to try to inspire something inside of you to quit thinking about tomorrow and start acting for today. If there's something that you want in your life, you need to do something about it now. You don't have to quit your job and take out a loan and buy a property and do all of this massive stuff, all you have to do is something. Anything. It can be as small as getting a game plan. It can be as small as realizing your strengths, and considering how to use them. I am a writer and so everything that I want centers on writing. I have a blog dedicated to writing, I have merchandise based on designs and things involved in my writing. Everything that I do is within the sphere of influence for writing. I want to start building a system that supports every facet of itself with every facet of itself. I have massive plans. I have dreams and goals and I am only just beginning. I have networks of people who are interested--even if they're interested in just one specific facet of the system that I've started to build. I have people who just read my blog, I have people who have bought things from my shop, and know of the website, I have people on a discord server dedicated to the world of my writing, I have people who are waiting on the line for my books to drop. Even if there are only a handful of people in each of these groups, they will start to exponentially support each other the more that I put into them. It's a massive project, and I don't expect to be done with it any time soon, but every day I try my very best to do something. You will cover more distance in a year taking a baby steps every single day than you will by taking a leap every time that you're inspired. Consistency is important. It's important to take care of yourself and to make sure that you don't burn yourself out, but always try to live within the lens of your goal. Within your vision. If you can't see where you want to be, you will never get there. I promise you, you will never accidentally stumble into paradise. Coincidences do happen, and good luck can really come to you, but none of those things are going to be catered to the exact way that you want to live your life. If you do happen upon some good luck, study and learn how to apply that what you want. If you win the lottery, don't quit your job and try to coast off of your money. Learn how to make that money serve you in the way that you want to live your life.

I want you to tell me in the comments what your dream is. I don't think there's ever a reason to be shy about it. I want you to scream it to the mountains. There will be people who don't get it, there will be people who tell you to just work your "real" job, because your real job is safe. But nobody has ever gotten anywhere worth being without a risk. It was much safer to stay on land than it was to build a ship and gamble on sailing it across water. It was much safer to eat berries than it was to risk being gored by an animal. It will always be safer to do the thing that restricts you, because you are minimizing your introduction to new components in your environment. If everything has a set value of how likely it is to be dangerous in your life, then introducing something new is always a gamble. If you're not spending the energy to assess these new things and figure out how you can use that likeliness in your favor, then, yes, it is fair to be afraid of them. However, if you spend a little more energy and consciousness on figuring out what this thing entails, you can then use it to support yourself. That is humanity's gift. That's the idea of tool use--you know, that thing we use to define intelligence? All that it is is recognizing that some thing can be of use to you and then using it to complete a task you could not ordinarily do. The key to utilizing this is realizing that anything that exists can be used as a tool. Society can be used as a tool. Emotions can be used as a tool. All things that exist can be used to achieve a specific goal. If it wasn't for society, we'd have nobody to share our art with. We are then using society to support ourselves financially, in exchange for giving them something to indulge in. Similarly, although we can't control everything about our emotions, we can express them through art. In doing so, we have created a tangible good that can now be used as something else. Do you understand what I mean?

I encourage you right now to consider something that you want and how you can use that support yourself. If you can get together a game plan on how you can achieve your goals, you've already done something that most people will never do in their lives. I don't remember the exact statistics, but when I heard how even just completing the first step got you farther ahead than almost everyone else, I was mind-blown. The truth is that you are worth so much more than what your employer tells you you're worth. You deserve to eat lunch when you want to eat lunch and not when someone else tells you that you can. You deserve to call the important people in your life when you want to call them, even if that's 2pm on a weekday. You deserve to have more than 30 minutes out of eight hours to do something that you want to do. You deserve that. We've all just let ourselves be fooled into thinking that there's no other way.

The fact is that there is a way; you just have to figure it out. Nobody can do it for you. It's not going to be a simple as an interview and a paycheck... But it is possible.

That's all I got for you today. If you'd like to keep up with me, I post blogs every Thursday, so be sure to subscribe to stay up to date. If you want to help support my dreams of financial independence, you can click the following affiliate link and check out Printful. I use Printful for my own business and I was fortunate enough to achieve a partnership with them directly. Printful is the company that I use to make all of my merchandise: it's simple, user-friendly, and cost-effective. In fact, since everything is made-to-order, you don't have to pay anything on inventory. I actually swear by this company, and I am not paid to say that at all.

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