Swimming with the school or running with the herd comes naturally to us. It feels comfortable to jostle about inside the flock. The spot in the middle of the school can feel very safe. There’s safety in numbers, right?
Not exactly. Predators love crowds and schools and flocks and herds. It makes predation lots easier and more productive.
I’m not suggesting that we’ll be devoured by lions or eaten by sharks if we conform. Some aspects of our societies are held together by conformity.
The danger arises from following so closely behind our peers that we fail to see the freedom that comes from stepping away from the crowd.
Slavery can take more than one form, and while the cruelty and brutality of pre-Civil War slavery hopefully hasn’t been matched since the Emancipation Proclamation, there are far too many “wage slaves” struggling to survive in today’s uneasy economy and it’s time to set them free, too.
Before we go on, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea here. I’m not about to tell you that you can quit your job tomorrow and retire on some tropical beach if you just follow a magic formula.
First, there IS no magic formula (or if there is, I don’t know it). Second, we all need to be productive. For our own sanity, we need to know that the work we do matters, and that’s one of the biggest reasons that so many of us are sick the 9 to 5, or 8 to 6 rat race – we’re literally killing ourselves working at tasks that we’re not really sure have any value or meaning.
What I can tell you is that you can work at something that DOES bring value to both you and your fellow-man, while at the same time providing you with more money and more time to enjoy it. It won’t happen tomorrow, but it won’t happen at all if you don’t take the time to read this, and then to act on what I’m going to tell you in the following paragraphs and posts.
A Little Background
I graduated from a reputable university with a BS in geology in 1982, and quickly put that degree to work as a Wellsite Geologist in the oil fields of southern California, the Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska. I loved the work! Always interesting, occasionally exciting, and my commute was often aboard a helicopter. But it’s a career that can’t support any sort of family life, so I reluctantly left the oil field for the booming environmental regulatory and groundwater cleanup industry in 1987.
Again, it was interesting work, but not exciting, and dominated by sometimes mindless and pointless regulations. Frustration set in, as did a longing for tropical beaches. I ditched the cubicle for Hawaii, where I taught some high-school science and math courses, and started a business selling purified water.
And at last I learned what my father meant when he told me years before, “You’ll never be satisfied working for someone. You need your own business!” He’d been right, and it had only taken me a decade or so to figure it out.
Without knowing or planning for it, I’d stumbled into a niche market that had a surprisingly strong demand. It allowed me to earn far more than I’d ever earned before as a degreed professional, and gave me the freedom to travel and enjoy my family and far more free time than I’d thought possible.
And that was before I realized some important facts about how e-commerce and the seismic economic shift that has exposed untold financial opportunities for anyone with the determination and desire to take advantage of them…
There’s Gold on the Streets (If You Just Know Where To Look)
Or so a successful friend told me one day. He lives on a 12 acre “estate” in Hawaii where he runs a large and growing niche business. I don’t know exactly how much he makes, but he’s comfortably in to 7 figures. He’s surprised that more people don’t see the niches that he does, and find ways to fill them for fun and profit.
Have you ever looked at a street and seen gold paving? Probably not, because in the sense that my friend meant it, most of the gold is in the cracks, not lying on the surface. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find it, or even that it’s hard to find, only that you have to know how to look. That may mean that you have to change your financial paradigm.
Paradigms are the lenses through which we see and interpret the world around us. We have different paradigms for different aspects of life. They start forming before we’re born and follow us right to the grave. And they can be hard to change, even when the benefits of doing so are enormous.
We’re most familiar with the paradigms that shape our politics and religious views, but there are many other ways that our paradigms shape our lives and behavior.
I’m telling you all of this because the odds are that you are going to have to change the paradigms through which you view the financial areas of your life, or you’re not going to see the glinting gold in beneath your feet.
Shifting your financial paradigm is probably going to be the hardest part of making the transition from “wage slavery” to the financial and personal freedom that this blog is all about. Is it worth the effort?
From Lead to Gold
As someone that’s had a huge paradigm shift, I can tell you without hesitation that “working for yourself” is liberating on too many levels to count. But what I observed over the years is that most people never consider “self employment” – most are focused on finding “good jobs” with “great benefits”, never suspecting that the best jobs and benefits are the ones that they could create themselves.
If your paradigm has you looking to your current employer, or to a better one down the line, to give you enough money, time off, flexible hours, or what ever you’re missing now, JUST STOP.
Imagine instead that YOU are the one:
- Making your schedule;
- Assigning your job duties;
- Approving your vacation requests and pay raises;
- Choosing your workplace.
It’s ok if that sounds a little scary right now, as long as you can also agree that it sounds VERY appealing.
What I can tell you is that there are millions of people that were just like you that loved the idea of taking their own reins SO MUCH, that they changed their paradigms, and found gold where no one else could see it.
Here’s the thing: I don’t know whether you WILL take the steps that I’ll lay out for you below and in some following posts that can transition you to the sort of freedom that I think every one longs for on some level.
But I do know that you CAN do it if you MAKE UP YOUR MIND that it’s worth it.
I can also tell you that it was more than worth it for me – I’ve lived in New Zealand which is one of the most lovely and inviting places on earth, the Solomon Islands, Hawaii, Europe and the UK, and spent lots of time in Australia and many other places that I would never have visited if I’d “kept my day job”. I’ve treasured every moment of these experiences, and I’m enormously grateful that I wasn’t tied to a desk or factory waiting for my precious two or three weeks of vacation time to roll around again next year.
Travel may not interest you. But FREEDOM should.
Here it’s time for an important side note: Freedom and liberty are not abstract or unattainable notions. They are concrete principles built in to the very fabric of the human heart. We may find comfort and security in our jobs or careers, but most of us don’t find FREEDOM there. Trading our liberty for security is not a good bargain, especially when it’s really only the illusion of security. Don’t make this trade, and if you already have, don’t be satisfied with it. Trade up and transition to freedom while you still can.
Making the Transition to Freedom
Thanks to technology, it’s never been easier to find income streams that will help you move from debt and wage slavery to freedom. I’m going to share with you a few relatively simple ways that you can start the transition.
Because we are now electronically connected, we have opportunities to make money that are nearly unbelievable in their simplicity and availability. They are so available, in fact, that it’s amazing that ALL of us aren’t taking advantage of them in some way or another.
Here are just a few examples:
- Affiliate marketing programs like Clickbank allow ANYBODY to sell “information products” for commissions of ranging to 75% or more. Clickbank claims that more than 100,000 of their members are successfully selling their products.
- Amazon and other fulfillment centers allow entrepreneurs to advertise and sell their products directly through their websites and then handles payment, shipping, and customer relations.
- Etsy and related sites cater to artisans that create their own handmade products. They handle payments and order processing for their clients.
- E-publishing is giving aspiring writers in every imaginable field a format for publishing, promoting, and selling their own works to the enormous online marketplace.
There are lots of others. And if you haven’t noticed, if you can find a niche within the electronic sales wonderland that the internet has become, you’re income won’t be tied to geography and neither will your potential customers. That means that you can develop a portable income.
Consider that for just a moment. A PORTABLE INCOME. An income that travels with you. That doesn’t care if you live in Hawaii or the Antarctic, as long as you have access to a computer and the internet.
More than portability, a whole new generation of entrepreneurs is finding that their online incomes are SCALABLE. That means that YOU, not the human resources department or the union wage committee or the state legislature decides how much you want to make.
I personally can’t imagine a more appealing way to make a living. If you’re not impressed, maybe your paradigm hasn’t shifted, or maybe your dreams and aspirations are just different than mine. But if the prospect of a portable income that you can scale to fit your needs and desires is as appealing to you as it is to me, I’m going to share with you some of the ways I’ve found to make it a reality.
But before I go on, here’s a little disclaimer: Building an online income takes work. Real work. And it takes time, patience, and perseverance. It’s not a scheme to get rich, and it’s not a scam (although there are lots of those out there). Online businesses are every bit as real as the “brick and mortar” businesses that preceded them.
With that said, let me introduce you to a very low cost way to get started. Keep in mind that low initial costs may mean it takes longer to achieve the kind of results you’re looking for, but it also means that you’re not accruing debt, and that you’re giving yourself the chance to find out whether a portable, scalable income that expands your freedom is REALLY what you want. It’s hard to imagine that you’ll find out that it’s not, but you just never know…
One of my first forays into online income streams was through materials produced by Eric Holmlund. He’s got years of experience in both successful and unsuccessful internet commerce. And both his successes and failures are equally valuable, especially if this is all new to you.
Eric is a good guy. He’s not a scammer, or a relentless marketer that will “up sell” you at every turn. His family is his priority, and his business practices and quality training materials reflect that. If your ready to shift your paradigm, and start building a portable income, Eric’s materials will get you on the path.
His introductory training course is very comprehensive, and only costs $39.00. You can find it here: REAL GUYS No cost income stream.
There ARE some up selling add ons that come up as you make final payment. You don’t need them, at least not yet.
Buy the course. Study it. Take the actions steps that the course recommends. Meet me back here for more information, and more ways to transition to freedom. And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.