Should you work a 9-5 job and 12 hour shifts for success?
Should you save 15% in your 401K and wait 40 years?
Should you go into debt to attend college and study something in demand?
Should you do what everyone else does and hope for the best?
The truth is that there is MORE competition to be an average Jane or Joe than there is to be excellent. If everybody is following the same advice from society then most everyone will fall in the middle of the distribution curve. The people at the far right of the curve, the successful, didn’t follow the standard advice from society. They didn’t go to college from 18-22, take on debt, get a job, take on more debt to get a house and a car, and settle in to a life of indentured servitude where they will be “free” for two weeks a year.
Here’s a simple fact of life:
No one can ever be YOU.
This blog is not for the average Jane and Joe. They won’t even FIND this blog let alone resonate with the content. That still doesn’t make it any easier to find a “path” where there really is none. I have learned a lot about artful earning from 22 years old until now (29). I didn’t know ANY of the things I know now when I was 22 and I suspect that’s why you’re reading this. You KNOW something is off, something you weren’t taught or told, but you aren’t sure what. I will keep it simple:
DO THE OPPOSITE
That’s right. Do the opposite of whatever “normal” society is doing.
Be well rounded? Fuck that!
Go all in on ONE thing!
Take debt to live large at 23? Fuck that!
Sell everything and cut every expense to live a spartan life!
Get a job and do the “secure” thing?
Do what you love and struggle to achieve YOUR goals. Leverage the internet to make your art work for you!
Nobody wants the “sacrifice” but reading above, the only sacrifice I see is following the herd! You don’t give up anything when you do what YOU want to do.
At 22 I followed the herds advice and you know where I ended up? Exactly in the middle.
At 25 I started doing the opposite of whatever everyone else is doing. Since then I have practiced artful earning to make money on my terms and live a free life.
I made 12k in 5 days at a chess tournament after having a wonderful summer where I studied chess all day and lounged in the sun.
I spent a year playing music all day every day and night with my best friends. All of my time was my own and every second I felt WHOLE. I felt this is really living.
I finally started my chess youtube channel and have been building an engaged following.
I wouldn’t have done any of this if I had simply done what everybody else does. Going to the same jobs, the same shifts, the same co-workers, doing the same thing over and over to make a boss rich. I learned my lessons in my 20s. I learned to do the opposite. Are you ready to do the opposite?