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Make Monday Morning Feel Like Saturday Morning

The Pain of Discipline Destroys Pain of Regret

So, you want to make Monday morning feel like Saturday morning?

 

Get ready take some shots, because the pain of discipline hurts, but it feels so much better than the pain of regret.

 

That’s what it takes to Make Monday feel like Saturday.

 

Ready for the commitment?

 

Hop on.

 

Let’s make every single day feel like a day off from the workforce.

 
No, I’m not a Democratic Socialist Liberal and never will be, so I’m not talking about a way for government to provide welfare to the masses.

 
I’m also not talking about government providing dream jobs to the masses either. Jobs like go dig a hole and fill it back up so I can pay you $15 an hour. Nada. I’d rather do something productive.

 
Either way, it’s impossible unless government wishes to steal vast amounts of income and redistribute which kills motivation and it’s what My Freedom Flame is all about; motivation. Motivation to turn Monday morning into Saturday morning.

 

And challenge the hell out of mainstream thought.

 
First, you need to embark on a journey you see worthwhile.

 
For me and many of my readers, it’s writing. Write, speak your mind, sell ideas, make money off your ideas, and turn Monday into Saturday.

 
We love to write so much we’ll stay up until two in the morning to get our thoughts down. Or, if we’re writing a book, we’re up editing. I’ll stay up until two on these nights and wake up at six the next morning.

 

And feel like Superman off four hours of sleep.

 
And I’m on the same journey you’re on: To make Monday morning feel like Saturday morning.

 

By writing. By selling ideas. By earning money in a field I can see myself working in for the next forty or fifty years.

 
Imagine waking up each Monday morning and while the masses are off fighting traffic to their stressful day jobs, you get to do what you love…and make money off it.

 
Sound good?

 
Where’s the catch?

 
Oh, let’s talk about it.

 

The Catch: Congrats on Your New Full-Time Job!

Wait, you only have time for one full-time gig?

 
Oh, it’s time to think again, because we’re going to treat your passion like a second full-time job.

 

Are you green in the face yet?

 
Great!

 
Now, step out of that comfort zone and say bye-bye (for the most part) to:

 
1. Friday Night Happy Hour

 
2. Going out Friday night to begin with

 
3. Weekend outings

 
4. Television. We’re turning the TV off and keeping it off

 
5. Recreational reading unless it has something to do with your passion

 
6. Beginning Phase One of distancing yourself from your day gig and starting the process of firing your boss

 
7. Beginning Phase One of creating a new gig where you’re your own boss
Yep, you read Six and Seven right. Fire your boss!

 
Because evil mean bosses deserve to be fired, and you’re going to enjoy this process; I have already and I’m still a rookie.

 
As for steps One through Five, it’s going to test how bad you want something.

 

If you’re going to take instant gratification rather than looking at the big picture, don’t even bother with this. You’re either in, or you’re out.

 

The choice is yours, because when it comes to passion pursuit, if you’re not one-hundred-percent in, you’re going to slave away at your current or future gig you either hate or will hate.

 

Trust the Process

Why do most people give up or fail at pursuing their dreams?

 
They don’t like the idea of working for free.

 

Want to make Monday feel like Saturday?

 
As mentioned above, your forty-hour week became an eighty-hour week.

 
Know what most do?

 
They’ll take their weekly earnings and divide by forty to get an idea of how much they’re making per hour, but once the passion is inserted they’ll take the same number and divide by eighty.

 
You have to get the numbers out of your head.

 
Results aren’t immediate. In fact, they aren’t immediate even in the first six months.

 
Why do people expect immediate results?

 
1. Social media has had a monster influence where people pick and choose what they post. More often than not, people will inflate their success.

 

Every day, I see examples of people posting something successful and will get between one and two-hundred likes. Hey, if someone’s social media famous, take it with a grain of salt. It might be as good as it gets for them.

 
2. We live in a culture of instant gratification.

 

Look, these days you can have access to anything with a click of a button. Better yet, access to anything via touchscreen.

 

Want more fun?

 

Access to anything via voice command.

 

Not just that, TV tells us we can now have a miracle drug to help us lose weight, low-cost, three-step secrets to internet millions, government programs we never knew about that will make us millionaires, and a myriad of other “quick” fix scams.

 

It plants the seed that hard work is no longer applicable and everyone has access to a yellow brick road. If that were the case, we’d all be millionaires.

 
Understand this is a process and it’s one where not everyone is going to survive, mainly for reasons I mentioned above.

 
Every waking moment of free time will be spent toward working toward your ultimate passions. You need to understand this process is going to be a five-year plan, and much of Year One is building.

 

Where Does Exciting Begin?

Well, on the contrary, Year One gets exciting immediately.

 
Why?

 
Because you’re going to do a lot, and I mean a lot, of research. So much research every day may feel like Christmas, because you’re going to find cool new things.

 
This week alone, I discovered things like how to create a writers’ portfolio on Pinterest and how to use Instafreebie to promote my perma-free book, Fighting Tyranny (almost perma-free, because Amazon makes price-matching tough these days). Nevertheless, my email subscription is now trending in the right direction from these two little tweaks.

 
Not just that, speaking of Fighting Tyranny, it’s labeled a Hot Buy on Scribd at the time of this posting, and it’s generating reviews on Playster, plus rising in the rankings on Kobo. If only Amazon complies, I’ll be golden.

 
Why am I talking so much about Fighting Tyranny?

 
Because it’s the ticket to two things:

 
1. It’s a funnel to build an email subscriber list; anyone enjoying the book can sign up for my subscription list and get a free bonus novella (also containing Neo and Seneca, my two main characters).

 
2. It’s a pipeline to my KDP Select and primary work (until October 30th) Northern Knights, Book One in the Lord of Columbia Series, which takes place in the same world as Fighting Tyranny, so there’s a clear connection.

 
Now, back to trusting the process.

 
Want a reality check? A good reality check?

 
I didn’t know any of this three weeks ago.

 
Three weeks ago, neither Fighting Tyranny nor its magnet book existed.

 
In fact, I was spending countless hours tearing the internet apart looking for ways to market Northern Knights.

 
But I didn’t panic. Instead, I buckled down, stayed calm, and trusted the process, knowing I’d stumble upon something.

 
Want a bonus?

 
My Freedom Flame’s viewership has skyrocketed over the past thirty days. Like, off the charts skyrocketed.

 
When I started My Freedom Flame in February, it generated one-hundred-seventy viewers.

 
In August alone, we’re in four figures.

 
It’s been an exciting seven months, and trust in the process has become exceptional.

 

Find Mentors

This never would’ve happened without sound research from various reputable blogs and mentors. Want a list of mine, writers?

 
1. Jerry Jenkins

 
2. Jerry Jenkins Writers’ Guild

 
3. Just Publishing Advice (Derek Haines)

 
4. The Creative Penn (Joanna Penn)

 
5. Nick Stephenson

 
Many fail because they want to go at it alone or think they know it all.

 
Newsflash, no one knows it all.

 
So, get rid of your ego, find mentors, find people either local or online, and get them to show you the way.

 
Again, how bad do you want out of your job?

 
Are you willing to sacrifice your current friend list to make new friends?

 
If the answer’s yes, you’re ready, because it’s time to rebuild your social network with like-minded people.

 
Together, you’ll conquer.

 

Now, go fire your boss, and turn Monday into Saturday.

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Career Change?

How to Embark on Career Change in Your Mid-to-Late-Twenties: I’ll Show You How It’s Possible

Did someone say career change?

 

Yeah, this guy, right here, challenging mainstream thought, said career change.

 

As you all know, I started My Freedom Flame to document a career change at twenty-seven from fitness trainer to indie author/writer.

 
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll find I’ve also shared my Libertarian Thought and take on Global Affairs. All of which can be intertwined into one giant topic of the following:

 

Self-reliance: Pursuing passion, holding one’s self accountable to one’s self, and not some big brother corporate structure or government entity.

 

Challenge the hell out of mainstream thought. Take what the corporate-owned, government-backed media relays to the masses with a grain of salt.

 

Promote individualist values, which are needed to pursue passion and, as stated above challenge mainstream thought.
Today is going to be one of my ‘How to’ posts, which tend to be popular among my viewership.

 
So, today’s lesson is how to embark on career change in your mid-to-late-twenties.

 
Okay, so there’s something about your current job you don’t like.

 
Ditto, we’re in the same boat.

 
If you read back on my earlier posts, I didn’t mind working as a fitness trainer. The flexible hours, gaps in the day, and lifestyle attracted me to the gig.

 
Then they started treating us fitness freaks like salespeople and worried about one thing: Sales. Hey, I get it, it’s a business, but I’ve worked under far more effective business models which generated fitness sales without the sales word coming across us trainers.

 

We trained, the managers sold, and the club made seven-figures.

 
And we became one of the top training gyms in the nation…in Weirton, West Virginia. It wasn’t Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or anywhere else with a hot fitness scene. Google Weirton right now.

 
Yeah, a gym in that small town became one of the most recognizable in the country in its national (international these days) chain.

 

How to Embark on Career Change

As those of you following me for some time all know, I picked writing back up as a hobby in mid-2015 and it returned to passion status in late-2016.

 
Now, it’s an all-out blitz from trainer to writer/author.

 
I knew something had to be done.

 
Here is a list of steps you can take right now if you’re interested in career change.

 
1. Be proactive: Many of us will Google other jobs or think of what we’re passionate about after a bad day. No, always keep in mind what those bad days feel like and be proactive. I don’t care if you had a string of good days. Be proactive and research what you want today.

 
2. It starts with research: You aren’t going to get anywhere fast without sound research. If I didn’t research the writing market, I never would’ve produced a high-quality e-book and print book.

 

I never would’ve written a polished manuscript the way I did. I never would’ve known how to self-edit this day and age. I never would’ve known what copywriting meant, or anything. While I’m not yet an expert, I’m placing myself far ahead of the curve.

 
3. Accept the fact you’re going to make mistakes: In 2017, I made a million mistakes.

 

Guess what?

 

I learned from them and have yet to repeat any.

 

You’re going to make mistakes and many won’t embark on what they want out of fear of making mistakes or failing. Both are inevitable.

 

You’re going to fail a few times and make hundreds of thousands of mistakes. It’s how you learn.

 
4. Learn to persevere: This is a tough one for me, because I’m a perfectionist and Step Three was tough music to face.

 

But, once I faced it, I learned mistakes and failing are good things, because one doesn’t truly fail unless they throw in the towel.

 

So, treat your failures as success and as wins, ditto for mistakes, because it’s how you build an empire in career change.

 
5. Do things slowly: Research one or two topics in your desired career per week. Don’t cram information into your mind. I did this early on and as a result, I suffered a setback (See Steps 3 and 4). Don’t repeat my mistake. Focus on one or two topics at a time, become well-rounded in them, and move on to others.

 
6. Find a mentor: Even if you don’t know any mentors in your area, we live in the digital age. There’s no excuse. For example, there aren’t many indie-authors living in the area, or even published authors, or anyone I know personally making a living off writing.

 

So, I went online and discovered the Jerry Jenkins Writers’ Guild.

 

It changed my writing for the better. People may or may not love my stories, messages, plots, or themes, but I’ve yet to come across someone stating they didn’t like my books because of poor writing. Some can’t wait to point out my blog typos, but I rarely give these a second look. I’m writing my actual thoughts as they occur so you guys, in a way, can see how I think and write in real time.

 
7. Learn different styles: Take writing, for example. A journalist writes short sentences and paragraphs. A novelist writes in ways those reading their genre expect. If you write academic papers, there are different formats, like APA and MLA. Whatever your desired field, be sure to know there are different styles and different avenues.

 

Again, when it comes to writing, a copywriter and a technical writer are going to conform to different styles.

 
8. Build your resume: Yes, I was once in the same boat. When it comes to resume-building, my accomplishments were all fitness, fitness, and more fitness.

 

These days, I have a novel, a novella, and an active blog that’s growing each day.

 

Want more fun?

 

Seven months ago, none of this existed. Now that I’m looking to guest post and freelance since my novel and novella are out (Northern Knights and Fighting Tyranny, see side-bar).

 

And I’ll bet you a bundle I’ll be in a different place seven months from today. Within fourteen months, I’ll have given my resume a complete makeover. Time flies, especially as we age.

 

Conclusion

Above are my eight steps to successful career change. Bear in mind, these eight steps are for people beginning their career change. When I become a seasoned veteran in this topic, I’ll post another blog and again, when I’m an expert in the field.

 
It’s a process, and the beginning stages will take a good fourteen months if one follows the steps provided above.

 
Also remember that you need to treat this like a full-time job, no less. What I mean is you’re going to give forty-hours, or as close to forty as you can give to this if you’re serious about career change.

 
What are you waiting for?

 
Get out there, start changing your career today, so in a year’s time (if that if you’re lucky) you can hand your boss a pink slip, informing them of their termination.

Self-Reliance Versus Reliance

Humans are Reliant, but Self-Reliance Trumps Reliance

For all of you who’ve been following me over the past few months, thank you a bunch, as my traffic has risen now more than ever, literally by 16% over the past two weeks alone since releasing Northern Knights.

 
Why am I starting this post off bragging about myself?

 
Because it’s the theme of what I want to cover today, and why Self-Reliance trumps Reliance in this little game of Self-Reliance versus Reliance.

Story of Sixth Grade

We’re taught, at a young age, in schools to rely on others to make a living and get a paycheck. I remember a teacher telling me the whole point of going to school was to graduate and get a job.

 
Do you know what’s ironic about these state-run drones we call teachers?

 
How many of us can credit grade school, middle school, or high school with our current careers?

 
College?

 
Exactly. A fraction of us.

 
Not. Too. many.

 
Why?

 
Because most of us, as I’m sure you have, learn on the job, despite the fact such jobs somehow require at least a high school education.

 

Story of High School

I guess they want to make the State look good when they force us all to take and pass those graduation tests. In Ohio, we take this sophomore year, and literally the whole year involved us preparing for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).

 
Heck, even as early as eighth grade, these drones (and I thank none of them for what I do today, as none of it had anything to do with public education) talked about how important it was we pass these tests.

 
In fact, in eighth grade, they made us take practice OGT’s. Yep, the State has us by the throat from an early age and few of us live long enough to realize it…because most of us fail to bother to question the ways of the State. They tell us early on the State is there for us, to serve, protect, and turn us into the best we can be.

 
Ha!

 
So, why is public school so uniformed that each course (even those “Advanced Placement” courses) talk about the same b.s., different year?

My Fall into Statism

When I was in seventh grade, we had the same exact text as we did in the sixth grade for history. Yes, I was the one to point this out to the teacher who just said it was the school’s (ahem, the State’s) decision and for me to not stick my nose into the affairs of adults who know what’s best for me.

 
I did eventually fall prey to the ironclaw of the State when I was in my mid-teens (around 2006) and became a hardcore Socialist until August 2011. In fact, I’ve been almost seven years Socialist-free!

 
And that’s the story of how schools train us from an early age to be reliant.

Public School and Media Drones

And guess who trains us to be reliant after school?

 
Mainstream media.

 
Remember those civics classes, or citizenship classes, where at times we were to watch media news on CNN, ABC, Fox, NBC, or a related outlet?

 
Man, I wish I knew of Russia Today back then. Or heck, Google was gaining ground in those days (holy shit, I’m getting old), so all I had to do was Google Ron Paul.

 
Instead, I became an Obamamaniac…and look how that turned out….tisk….over $20 trillion in debt.

 
But the government loves it. They love reliance. And those who are against these programs, against police, military intervention, and against forced taxation are blackballed and branded as anti-American, anti-Patriotic, and an enemy-apologist.

 
That’s funny, because I thought America was founded on self-reliance.

 
My source?

 
The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

 
Read them. They’re not long documents.

 

Self-Reliance

So, how does all of this intertwine with self-reliance reigning supreme over reliance?
Well, see if you’re self-reliant in the work place and will ultimately work for yourself, you’re going to feel not only an urge of independence, but in those early days of your own fledgling internet business, as I have at this very moment, you’re going to feel a sense of urgency.

 
To get the hell out of that Dreaded Day Job (DDJ) as fast as possible!

 
In fact, you may even save up a few months’ income to embark on your own gig full-time because you can’t wait to break the bonds of reliance on a paycheck and a living from another and take matters into your own hands.

 
And when you take matters into your own hands and you feel the rush of independence, despite the fact you may only be making pennies to start off, working 60-70 hours per week (practically for free), and losing sleep over this because you want it so bad, you’re never going to want to go back to working under and relying on another.

 
You’re never going to want to go back and make a lot of money for someone else who’s only keeping you around because you’re earning that person more money than it costs to keep you around. And they will replace you in a heartbeat, I repeat, they will replace you in a heartbeat. In. A. Heartbeat.

 
And you’ll never want to go back. Because the feeling of elation self-reliance can bring, being your own boss, and answering only to yourself, plus taking success and failures into your own hands is the greatest, single-best feeling you can ever imagine. The highs and lows are equal in their own rights compared to the curtailed highs of working for someone else, when you all celebrate a company achievement but at the end of the day the one signing the paychecks made most of the money.

 
And you were an asset. You. Were. An. Asset.

 
And they would’ve thrown you to the wayside had you cost more money than what they brought in, or if they decided despite your skills and ability you cut too much into their profit margin and it was either downgrade your pay or leave.

 
No!

 
Take matters into your own hands.

 
Rely on yourself for a paycheck, and rely on multiple streams of income for that paycheck.

 

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The Eurean Kingdom (1)

The Writer’s (Not So) Easy Life

Any Writer’s Slash Storyteller’s Life is Anything but Easy

Let me be the first to tell you I’m only six months into this pursuing my passion for writing journey, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. While I wrote the first drafts of Comeback Kid and Lord of Columbia over the past three years, it’s only been my number one priority for a few months.

 
Before that, it was to become one of the most well-known fitness trainers out there, but I had to admit to myself the obvious: I wanted to make a living from writing more than I did from fitness. Nothing wrong with fitness, but after studying what I study (Deep State, new world order, globalism), writing just seemed the more humane path for me.

 
However, since embarking on this path and slowly morphing my life from 100% trainer and 0% writer in 2014, to slowly changing my guard (75/25 in 2015, 50/50 in 2016, and 25/75 in 2017), all the way to “pretty much” 100% writer in 2018, I’ve learned two things:

 
1. I definitely made the right choice, despite considering 2018 my “rookie year.”

 
2. The lifestyle of a trainer is definitely the easier of the two, but I love complexity, so bring it on!

 
And that’s what I’m going to touch up on today: The Life of the Writer.

 

Pop Guys are Dumbasses

Sorry for the harsh title, but what’s funny is no one’s been a bigger critic than my biggest “follower,” the Pepsi Guy. I wish you could all meet him, as I’ve written about the dude several times. Long story short, he’s one of those arrogant minds who believes he’s right on everything.

 
Here’s his real thought process: If you’re not punching a timeclock and working your ass off, you’re too lazy to work.

 
Oh, really, Pepsi Guy?

 
Or perhaps you’re just too ignorant to see through your own stupidity.

 
Any writer would back me on this one.

 
Any writer.

 
Hell, even as a trainer, I’m not making ends meet unless I give my heart and soul to my clientele.

 
Either way, like I just mentioned, the writer’s life is tough, especially just starting out.

 

Fun, yes, but beyond tough.

 

What Writers Do

Okay, so for one, in this fast-paced day and age, you better be coming up with new material. Therefore, I’m releasing Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights a month earlier than planned, but on KDP Select for three months before rolling it over into open publishing.

 
I’m doing this because come November 1st, Book Two (working title is Swords of Destiny) will be released, again on KDP Select, while Northern Knights goes into the open markets. Come February 2019, Book Three will follow the same path, before I do away with KDP Select come Book Four unless it provides strong dividends in return.

 
Also, I have Comeback Kid, a much smaller novel, getting released around Decemberish…okay I totally made that word up.

 
Needless to say, not only am I coming out with new material, but different genres, and a lot of books.

 
Why?

 
For a few reasons.

 
But the primary reason is this: I’m an indie-author and I better look at myself as an entrepreneur more than an author, and so should you if you’re going this route. What attracted me to being indie is this: I can run my own business and if I succeed, I can reward myself. If I fail, I only have myself to point the finger at.

 
Also, owning a business (indies are business owners), we need to learn the business, study the market, and drive our product toward the way customers are buying product.

 
What if they stop buying e-books and go audio, as some charts have implied?

 
We better have our books out in audio.

 
What if people like box-sets more with branded covers?

 
We better be morphing our products into box-sets with branded covers, as I plan on doing if Lord of Columbia makes it. I’m thinking giving each book their own unique identity before creating a box-set and branding them, which I’ll be hiring a graphic designer for rather than buy premade covers, which I’m doing now.

Traditional Author or Indie-Authorpreneur?

See, here’s the score: If you’re traditional, it means someone loved your work so much that they’re going to pay you in royalties to publish it. However, you’re selling your rights, letting them set your prices, they’re choosing the cover, title, and description for you, and everything else.

 
Though you’re still doing most of the marketing.

 
As for an indie, you have full control, and it’s like having your own business…it is having your own business. You’re an entrepreneur, which some in the industry call authorpreneur.

 
So, are you molded for traditional or indie?

 
Are you an author or an authorpreneur?

 
Are you just writing-minded or do you have an entrepreneurial mindset?

 
This is where my training background comes in, as being a trainer was like me having my own business. I could set my own hours, and train people at my own discretion…that’s until 247 became so corporate they cracked down on us trainers and measured our talent by monthly sales numbers in favor of, oh, I don’t know…. changing lifestyles?

 
Now, as an indie, sales numbers are of utmost importance. However, I’m not employed by anyone but myself. I have no boss to answer to but me. I can measure my own success in favor of a company measuring success for me, especially at the amount they were paying me.

 
Again, For me, indie wins out.

 
But, if you don’t want to worry about cover design, editing, description, title, or any of that, traditional may be the way to go. However, if you’re indie, and you’re successful to have a nice, little budget, you can always outsource much of the work.

 
I like to keep the writing (obviously) and editing to myself. Many will insist on outsourcing editing, but the Jerry Jenkins Writers’ Guild helped me leave my pride at the door and become a near-perfectionist when it comes to self-editing, something he terms: ferocious self-editing. It’s funny, because when I’m in the library doing my editing, I’ll usually grab one of the Left Behind books he wrote if I get stuck and skim through for an example to make sure I’m editing the same way Jerry would.

What Makes the Writer’s Life a Challenge?

For one, if you’re like me and embarking on your own, you better get used to working without making money early on. Sure, income is going to flow in, slowly at first, heck, perhaps at a snail’s pace at first, but money’s made while you sleep…literally.

 
Money isn’t made while you’re working, so you can make money while you’re sleeping. You want to make money while you sleep without punching a timeclock? Own a writing/author business.

 
When Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights is released, the goal is to start working toward a livable income.

 
Note, I didn’t say the goal is a livable income. That takes time, but start building toward it. When Swords of Destiny comes along, I’m hoping to be partially there. When Book Three comes along, six months from August 1st, I hope to be closing the gap. Meanwhile, Comeback Kid will be in its first stages, too.

 
It’s all about building slowly.

 
Remember, the Houston Astros lost 100+ games three years in a row before they built a decent team and eventually won the World Series.

 
So, if you want to be a full-time writer, something I’ve learned in Year One is to be patient, patient, patient. Make sure that product you’re selling is pristine. Too many writers fail to do this, and now companies like Amazon have noticed and are trying to put a stop to it, as I read an earlier article about them axing less-than-perfect product in the e-book and book market. Good.

 
Take pride in your product and make it as close to perfect as you can.

 
I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

Your Day Job Only Brands You if You Allow It

People Whose Day Job Brands Them Versus Those Whose Day Job Doesn’t

This is redundant as hell, but have you ever heard people praise the company they work for as if it’s God’s gift to Earth, or something similar?

 
It annoys me, especially when they take a five-figure annual paycheck to become a slave to an eight or nine-figure corporation.

 
Before you sit across the table and tell me that’s just the way it is and accept it, let me tell you why writers like myself, plus activists, and others are spreading the word to keep these corporations in check.

 
Especially when the government colludes with these corporate idiots and forces the people to buy their outdated products. Perhaps they’ll change the label to make it look like something’s new.

 
As Murray Rothbard, I think it was Rothbard, stated, “The best regulator in a free society is the people.”

 
Yet, we’re told to accept the fact that corporations own us and there’s nothing we can do but buy from them, enjoy their products, thank them for making the product available to us, and if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have such nice products.

 
Talk about Stockholm syndrome. I love that phrase, don’t you.

 
Okay, time to list two examples. One of which displays complete corporate Stockholm syndrome who believes everyone should be enslaved by such corporations because “that’s the way it is and I’m far too stupid to think of ways to at least challenge this corporate socialist system in America,” and the other example is a young entrepreneur working a day job to fund his passion and one day make a living off of it.

 
Enjoy my examples.

 

The Man Who Let His Day Job Brand Him

On my old blog, and I must repost on this one, I did a short miniseries about The Pepsi Guy, an individual I knew back in a time lost to history.

 
Anyway, to make a long store short (ain’t that a cliché for the ages?) he was one of those typical wannabe meatheads who always worried about his bench press, shouted regular obscenities in the gym, and had a penchant for breaking weights and machines. Keep in mind this was a commercial health club, not an old school gym where I’d be more than cool with this stuff going on. Heck, I’d probably contribute to the mayhem.

 
He always talked about how he had to wake up before four in the morning, received little time to relax in the evening, and go to bed before everyone else to repeat the process five days a week (the dude probably shelved $90,000/year, likely before bonuses). The guy talked about this every damn day. Yeah, hard worker, slaving away for a corporation that poisons people. Yeah…

 
He acted like the hardest worker on the planet and shamed anyone not working a “traditional job.” To him, if you didn’t sweat, you weren’t working hard enough. God forbid if you told him you wanted to be an indie-author. The guy would’ve laughed and asked when your welfare check was coming in.

 
Hmm, and it was always “Oh, if it wasn’t for them, I couldn’t do this,” or “I’d never be in this position if I worked for someone else.” (Probably Coke).

 
One of those big talkers, and I mean big talkers, who loved to complain about everyone else and everything under the sun. No one worked hard, and those who succeeded in something unorthodox or at their own thing (if it didn’t involve crazy labor) were just lucky, or mom and dad gave them the money to do this, and that most people had to work their asses off to get to where they were.

 
Never gave anyone credit for anything.

 
Anyway, the whole point is we’re not about to let one source of income label us, especially if we have an ulterior motive. As for the Pepsi Guy, it wasn’t the case. His day job branded him and he always cited it, always praised it, fell to his knees and worshipped it.

 

Indie Authors: Those Whose Day Job Doesn’t Brand Them

Especially as indie-authors, where we’re essentially entrepreneurs. It’s what made me forgo seeking a traditional publisher. I knew if I could land a decent gig to fund this thing, I could use all sorts of paid marketing techniques and really give Lord of Columbia a shot.

 
Sure, many in the traditional publishing field frown upon us indies, stating we’re either too amateur or too proud to seek out a traditional publisher (Corporation!).

 
The argument doesn’t hold water for two reasons.

 
1. Maybe us indie-authors just want to be in charge of, own, and run our own businesses? Look, writing is the first gig I’ve ever pursued where I enjoyed learning the business side. I couldn’t say the same about the fitness industry.

 
2. Traditional publishers are panicking. If you look at recent trends, indie-authors are taking more of the publishing market by the year while publishers, especially the ‘Big Five,’ have been plummeting in market share.

 
Here’s my take on the entire scenario:

 
If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, go indie. It doesn’t mean you’re not good enough or too vein to seek traditional publishing; it means you’re interested in running and owning a business.

 
However, if you decide to go indie and want to succeed, you better learn the business inside and out. I’m still learning new things about the business and realize I have a lot to do still, but I’ve learned enough about it to give Lord of Columbia a very decent chance in the marketplace.

 
Even traditional publishers want the author to market while buying the rights to your book. To me, I’m just not that comfortable with it; selling the rights, even if it’s guaranteed money. Also, they’ll control many aspects like cover, description, keywords, etc. Publishers are also banking one or two of their books that they publish sell, and the others will fade away.

 
In the indie world, if the book doesn’t sell, you can always pull it, rewrite it, rename it, and sell it again under a completely different identity. Traditional publishers won’t grant books second chances, indie-publishing will.

 
Yet, as indie-authors, the above example shows, we’ll definitely need a nice, little gig to help us fund our campaign. Just like any businessperson, or entrepreneur, we need a cash flow. We need something steady. We need something to hold our heads above water as we build a dynasty…full-time.

 
We don’t worship another company or anyone else we work for. We exchange our time, and that’s it. We give hours of service for compensation. It’s nothing more than strictly business. We don’t worship corporate entities. We have our own work to attend to. We have our own dreams and desires. It’s what separates us from the masses, those who refuse to go out and get what they want.

 

Conclusion

They take what they’re given, bend on one knee, and succumb to corporate power. You’re too good for that. We all are, but we’re tricked and bribed into becoming corporate (or government drones). We’re locked into a relationship where our job controls our every move.

 
And worse yet, they’ll keep upping the ante for us. In a decade, $50,000 per year might turn into $100,000 per year, and the dreamer within us fades away. A soulless drone takes over, ready to worship a corporate empire. Or, an empire itself.

 
No, as indie-authors, or anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset reading this, you’re better. You’re better than the Pepsi Guy, who sold his soul like a stock to corporations. You’re better than all, the 85-90% of people, who’ve done the same, and those who continue to do so.

 
Join the 10-15% and keep that dream alive. Somewhere, someone wants to read your work. Someone is going to be inspired, and you’re the inspiration. You’re the motivator, the one helping others keep their dreams alive.

 
Keep. Them. Alive.

 
Do your true duty, fulfill your true purpose.

 
It’s your life and remain in control.

 
Don’t let your day job brand you, define you, and definitely don’t let them bribe you.

 
I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

 

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