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Gary Heavin’s Inspiring Tale

Heavin Made Millions at Twenty-Five, Went Broke at Thirty, then Evolved

Gary Heavin’s tale is an inspiring look at how pursuing passion to make a living pays its dividends one-hundred-fold later in life. It also shows how artificial passions can be detrimental and though we may love a lifestyle that comes with some gigs, pursuing the main passion always wins out.

 

Who is Gary Heavin?

Gary Heavin founded Curves, a gym chain that almost exclusively attracted women.

 

Heavin noticed how uncomfortable many women were in the gym community and decided to create a company that became so popular that at its peak there were three Curves franchises for every McDonalds.

 
Heavin told part of his story during a conference on August 18th, hosted by Ron Paul Institute’s Executive Director, Daniel McAdams.

 
When I listened to Heavin’s speech, I was wowed and immediately related it to myself, which reinforced my belief that I’d done the right thing by kicking personal training in the rear-end to embark on a writing career I’d likely craved over the past decade.

 

Heavin’s Message

Gary Heavin, at age twenty-five, became a self-made millionaire. Now, while I never came close to becoming a millionaire when I was twenty-five, I once boasted a bank account many millennials dare not dream of.

 
Let’s just say I could’ve put a down payment on a house.

 
However, it was false prosperity, just like in Heavin’s case.

 
Why?

 
I’d grown so close the lifestyle that comes with being a trainer, like always getting attention for my looks and my fitness level, always having access to a workout facility, training clients into Trainer Stockholm Syndrome, the list goes on.

 
What did my typical day look like back then?

 
I went to the gym before my first client, did a workout, trained four to five hours of clients, went home for three hours, chillaxed, went back to work, trained clients for another three to four hours, and did a second workout.

 
And if I had a workout buddy, it was a female. In fact, I had about…seven female workout partners any given year. And yes, I wanted all the members and clients to see Todd the Trainer working out with a girl who’d be following him around the place like a lost dog.

 
So, two workouts a day (which I still do, but these days they’re worked into my schedule), female workout buddies (sometimes as many as three) at every turn, and neither manager nor owner could pull me in because, well, I more clients than the other trainers combined.

 
Again, at any given time.

 
And I had money. I had a lot of money and didn’t need to worry about anything, really. I had bills to pay and paid them like they were nothing.

 
And had an excess bank account.

 

Gary Heavin Went Broke

Yes, Gary Heavin went broke. When he was thirty, he lost everything.

 
Why?

 
It was a self-centered lifestyle.

 
Heavin didn’t care about anything other than the lifestyle he attained.

 
Me, Todd Matthews, back in my training heyday, didn’t care about anything except the lifestyle.

 
I didn’t care about anything.

 
I even bought a new car.

 
But you know what?

 
If I could relive those glory days again, I wouldn’t.

 
Why would I?

 
Look at Gary Heavin. He started up Curves International after learning from his mistakes because he knew his passion involved serving others.

 

Write to Serve Others

I’m not saying there aren’t personal trainers out there who don’t live for their clients’ results.

 

There are, and they need to be recognized. But there were other trainers, like myself, who didn’t give a damn about their clients’ results as long as they were giving me money to make them up a workout off the top of my head.

 
It’s terrible, but it’s true.

 
I think many make the mistake in thinking writing is just as easy as training, but these aren’t people who’ve written a full-length novel yet.

 

 

Or heck, have even thought of creating their own world and even that world’s history.

 

Talk about the old cliché of keeping your ducks in line. It’s by no means easy and it’s about a thousand times harder than training.

 
But, my works have a message. Northern Knights has a message. Fighting Tyranny, my new novella which takes place in the same world as Northern Knights, has a message.

 

 

It’s a message of opposing Tyranny. Of fighting oppression. Of being down but not out. Of building an idea that the United States of America isn’t the police force of the world and we should see all the troops come home and reside once more within our nation’s borders.

 
It’s keeping family members from getting killed in war.

 
It’s exposing the government for their interests overseas and basing every single new war off lies and propaganda.

 
It’s exposing public schools for enforcing the lie that truth comes from authority and that repetition of such “truths” is rewarded while questioning such “truths” is punished.

 
It’s providing an alternative viewpoint; challenging mainstream thought.

 
It’s exposing war for being nothing but a racket, which never serves the people.

 
It’s exposing war for being the real culprit that destroys civil liberties and enhances government spying.

 
It’s providing a way for everyone to become self-sufficient, without having to rely on a company forty-five minutes away from their place of living for a single stream of income.

 
It’s giving people hope in a world where hope’s fading fast.

 
It’s something personal training never did for me; in fact, it’s doing the exact opposite. And that’s exactly what I want it to do.

 
Okay, so I have another freebie out, this one on several aggregator sites, called Fighting Tyranny. Get this book for free on your e-reader today!

 
Also, don’t forget to check out my main series, Lord of Columbia and its first book, Northern Knights, available on Amazon.

 
And if you want to join my email list, get your free gift of The Eurean Kingdom, which is also a novella in the Neo Skyehawk Series, which Fighting Tyranny is in.

 
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Harry Potter Shaped my Libertarian Thought

How J.K. Rowling Planted my Disdain for Government Intervention in 2003

Though I never fully realized it until late-2011, I had a disdain for government intervention, especially in the educational system, since 2003.

 
Compulsory, government-approved education. This came straight out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, but when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out in 2003, with the addition of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Delores Umbridge, Rowling told us of the dangers of government interference.

 
I’m honestly unsure if Rowling intended this or not, since I’ve heard from numerous sources she leans rather liberal, which here in the States, your liberal-leaning progressives want everyone under the statist umbrella of government education. Which of course, is by force, much like how the Death Eaters forced all young witches and wizards to attend Hogwarts.

 
What’s even more frightening is the fact the kids who were Muggle-born were seized and driven off to who knew where.

 
But, the key factor here is government forcing individuals to abide by their will. Whether Rowling knew it or not, she exposed to one of the largest book series fanbases in history the dangers of big government, and what happens when the corrupt take power.
Doesn’t that sound familiar.

 

Corrupt Presidential Administration in America

Like Ron Paul, I agree that the Trump administration is nothing more than a continuation of the Obama administration, which in turn was a continuation of the George W. Bush administration, which was a continuation of the Clinton administration.

 
Hey, I know most of you are Republicans or Democrats and want to hammer me for this, but here’s a common denominator:

 
1. Civil liberties are still being lost under Trump, which expanded under Obama, which greatly expanded under Bush.

 
2. Clinton bombed Somalia, Bush led us into Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama led us into Libya and Syria, and Trump’s beating war drums with Iran.

 
3. The national debt has increased since the Clinton administration and has not stopped, though it was briefly balanced under Clinton.

 
4. I’m not sure how many bombs Clinton dropped, but Bush dropped 70,000, Nobel “Peace Prize” winning Obama dropped 100,000, and Trump’s dropped about 45,000.

 
Each Party has one excuse: The previous administration made us do it.

 

Those Who are Best Equipped for Power are Those Who Don’t Seek It

Albus Dumbledore said something like this in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but it reigns supreme in real life.

 
Tom Riddle sought power and look what happened. Riddle, known by many as Lord Voldemort, wanted power from a young age, seized it, and what happened?

 
Nothing good.

 
I’ve always joked, yet at the same spoken the truth that most politicians on both the Right and Left would be sorted into Slytherin. Sure, there are good Slytherins, as one can be ambitious in many ways, but it still includes those who are ambitious for power.

 
Donald Trump? Slytherin.

 
John McCain? Slytherin.

 
Hillary Clinton? Slytherin.

 
Jacob Rothschild? Slytherin.

 
I’d love for these people to take a Pottermore Hogwarts House quiz. Nothing would expose these cats more, and the masses (many of whom have at least heard of Harry Potter) would actually be able to see through the ruse of all these crooks.

 
Now, imagine if someone became President or was elected into the House or Senate who never sought it?

 
Far-fetched?

 
Do you know what made Dr. Ron Paul seek office?

 
He saw the corruption in Congress. In fact, he saw the corruption in Ronald Reagan, which is why he was the Libertarian Nominee for President in 1988, when Reagan’s Vice President, ex-CIA Director George H. W. Bush became the Republican nominee, making it farther along the line than a New York Real Estate Tycoon named Donald Trump, who first ran for President back in 2000.

 
Not too many people know that Trump failed to secure even a nomination for a Third Party back in 2000. He ran as a member of the Reform Party. In fact, Trump had considered running for President in 1988, the year after he received a massive bailout from globalist Jacob Rothschild at the urging of Wilbur Ross.

 
You might want to research both Ross and Rothschild, just a suggestion.

 

Delores Umbridge and Government Schools

Anyway, as I was saying, back in 2003 the seed was planted in my mind. J.K. Rowling will likely never know it, but she planted the seed that eventually spawned my disdain for government schools.

 
As mentioned earlier, this didn’t happen until 2011, after my days as a Socialist ran its course, but I remember reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at a young age and thinking, Wow, how bad would it be if the government ran our schools?

 
Welp, my naïve twelve-year-old self would eventually find out the government does run our schools and teaches us the following:

 
1. A slanted, state-approved curriculum that’s uniformed across all segments, with higher-level classes teaching the same material at a faster pace. Not much difference there. State (Ministry) approved text.

 
2. Rewarding repetition and accurate memory. Reading and memorizing defense theory in each class.

 
3. Truth comes from authority. Cedric Diggory’s death was a tragic accident.

 
4. Intelligence is the ability to remember and repeat. If one studies the theory properly.

 
5. Non-Compliance is Punished. I must not tell lies.

 
6. Conform Intellectually and Socially. You will read Chapter One. There will be no need to talk.

 
Let’s face it, J.K. Rowling gave us Libertarians a blueprint when it comes to criticizing public education whether she realizes it or not. She single-handedly exposed the dangers of what happens when the government, or in the case of Harry Potter, the Ministry of Magic, interferes with public education.

 
And, predictably, the Ministry’s interference was a complete disaster. Not only did the Ministry hide (and refuse to believe) the truth of Lord Voldemort’s return, the Wizarding World as a whole believed the Ministry’s lie.

 
Again, sound familiar?

 

Lies the American Government Told Me

What wars has America fought over the past seventy years been based on truth?

 
Even 9/11, if anything else, even if the official story one days holds true (which it doesn’t) was retaliation for US intervention in the region since the 1940’s when the CIA wanted to build an oil pipeline in Syria.

 
You read that right.

 
The sheer lies told to us by politicians, from Donald Trump to Barack Obama to George Bush regarding foreign intervention, the (un) Patriot Act, the boom-bust business cycle brought on by the Fed, the price of inflation, the lowering of living standards while the cost of living has gone up is astounding.

 
But people just keep on voting, believing the government is right and knows what’s best for us. Guys, the government’s track record is worse than the recent history of the Cleveland Browns when it comes to keeping Americans safe, upholding civil liberties, upholding the Bill of Rights, and hiding the truth on the true reason America is intervening in the Middle East (research Genie Energy and their Board of Directors).
Whether J.K. Rowling realizes it or not, she has indeed written a blueprint for all of us to follow and was the primary influence in getting me to write, and for all of my works to pass a Libertarian message.

 
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Something Worth Fighting For

The Ultimate Battle, Ultimate Sacrifice, Ultimate Means to Exist

Freedom. Liberty. Independence. All interchangeable terms, and all symbolize something worth fighting for.

 
Freedom for all, not just a single race or group of people, but freedom for all in all four corners of the country.

 
At least, this is what one of Lord of Columbia’s messages are.

 
It’s not just the freedom of those who wanted to break away from the Empire, as had happened in the early history of the United States. However, the Founding Fathers, contrary to much false progressive belief, stated all men are created equal.

 
They never specified race.

 
In the Bill of Rights, they never specified race, instead stating rights of men, and these days, women, too, shall not be infringed upon.

 
It never says rights of the ‘white man,’ which is very important, and it’s, in my opinion, why the United States Constitution is the greatest document ever created. The flag, the greatest symbol of freedom from an empire, in this case, the British Empire.

 
For those who live in America, but hate its guts, I sympathize with you, too. For those of you who say the flag means nothing but oppression these days, I sympathize with you, too, because it’s been stained with blood of innocent people. It’s been tainted and been set on fire by those all over the world.

 
And trust me, sympathize with them one-hundred percent, though I don’t agree with the claim that it oppresses. You can’t take a symbol and change its meaning. Sure, people do it all the time and the argument should be made that it can happen, but a symbol, in its purest means, is only a symbol.

 
Now, I don’t worship the flag and I never will, but I also don’t believe in worshipping inanimate objects, so you’ll no sooner see me pledge allegiance to anything be it a flag or a church (especially these days), or any of the above. Just for the record, I’d never worship any flag, so I probably wouldn’t last long in places that make it mandatory.

 
No, I’m not disrespecting anything or anyone, I just choose not to place a hand over my heart. Doesn’t mean I hate America; it just means myself, as an animate object, won’t bow down to anything inanimate. And for someone who isn’t a Christian in modern-day terms, I feel I follow the Second Commandment better than a lot of die-hard Conservative Christians who insist nothing should fly higher than the flag.

 
I can see “Jesus” (the sun) already saying, “Now, see, that’s going to be a problem.”
Knowing all of this, I by no means wished to set out and create a modern-day “patriotic manifesto,” which these days the very word patriotism has been interchanged with nationalism so much not a soul can tell the other apart.

 
So, Lord of Columbia is by no means a patriotic thing, and it’s one reason why the colors red, white, and blue occur nowhere in the text when describing factions. Lord of Columbia may hold true to American values, but what are American values?

 
These days, a progressive will say oppression across the globe, and while I agree this is what’s become of America, it’s by no means America in its purest sense. In fact, true American values are the exact opposite of this.

 
It’s why I’ve always loved the Chronicles of Narnia Series, especially Prince Caspian, because the plot really mirrors this. Old Narnia is gone and its replaced by this oppressive regime called New Narnia. Everything about Old Narnia has been forgotten and erased, and New Narnia goes the distance to ensure it stays that way.

 
I’ve always compared the old, US Republic to Old Narnia, as it was a trader and friend to the world. However, starting in 1898, and really kicking off post-World War I, America slowly morphed from friend of the world to policeman of the world, exploiting other nations for its resources, just like the British did in its heyday.

 
Now, I’m not one to apologize to others for America’s actions and I’ll never apologize to others for the actions of my European ancestors. For one, I’m also part Native American, so I’m kind of, sort of, on both sides of the equation here. And besides, saying sorry doesn’t change the past.

 
But, what can be done is to be friends to minorities, especially that of the black and Hispanic communities, where gun and drug laws negatively affect both communities. Ditto for the remaining Native American communities. Even the predominant Muslim communities in the Middle East and North Africa, or those who are over here from there.

 
Now, I’m by no means stating we need to bring these people in from the third-world (I hate that term, because not all third-world countries are poor, in fact some are richer than America) and let them live off public benefits as is going on in Europe, but to be generous in other ways.

 
This will unite people as one, and what’s funny is, I never once used the word ‘tolerance,’ because again, tolerance should be an individual’s choice, whether at home or even in a business. If a Christian baker refuses to bake a wedding cake, it’s their right. If a liberal owner wants to throw out a Republican who works for Donald Trump out of their restaurant, it’s their right. It’s why I love Libertarianism, it’s principle over politics.

 
But, we can be united, as we all have a common enemy, and it’s called the United States Government; the American Empire. The American Empire has gone on for too long and is now forcing countries like Europe to increase defense spending and to stop trading with Russia and Iran because they’re somehow enemies (ahem, competition for Saudi Arabian oil companies).

 
Speaking of Iran, the American Empire is threatening Iran when all Iran stated was if the United States attacks, it’ll be the mother of all wars, but it also stated it wants peace, like it has with Europe and Russia. And not only that, look at a map. There are forty-eight American bases surrounding Iran. Do they have the right to be angry? Of course! Hell, if I were the leader, I’d have declared war already and said get out of our faces.

 
But what happens? Donald Trump acts like it’s Iran doing the threatening. Imagine for a moment if Iran had bases on the Canadian border and warships in the Gulf of Mexico. Then, they’re a legitimate threat to national security. Until that day comes, America remains the bad guy in this scenario.

 
So, we have something worth fighting for, just like my little band in Lord of Columbia has something worth fighting for: To save their land against the ironclaw of an evil empire. In our case, the evil empire happens to be the United States of America, which unfortunately has to force the world to abide by its laws, or else we’ll give them the Iraq and Libyan treatment and tell our unsuspecting public we freed the country after further destabilizing it.

 
Something worth fighting for is to bring an empire back into the confines of its borders and re-install the old republic.

 
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Your Terms, Not Societal Norms

Live Life on Your Terms

Life should be lived on your terms, not societal norms, as far too many people tend to follow these days. No, I won’t do so, thank you very much.

 
I will continue to follow the Pagan ways, even if it turns others against me.

 
I will continue to pursue my passion for writing, despite the number of times those around me say to get a real job with benefits and complete retirement packages.

 
I will continue to, in the meantime, work in jobs I enjoy and look forward to doing.

 
I will continue to grow my hair until it reaches my shoulders.

 
Thank you very much, society, but those of us who take pride in being unique and not conforming to norms, set forth on us by some sort of authority will continue to do so.

 
This is by no means a liberal post because I’m by no means a liberal.

 
There’ve been times during Donald Trump’s presidency I’ve praised him and other times (more often than not, if it makes anyone feel better) I’ve criticized him. But like I said, I shoot for the principles over politics route.

 
Every single time.

 
I’m not even endorsing any one group here, as I don’t belong to any. Well, I guess you can call me a Constitutionalist, a Libertarian, Constitutional Conservative, or Classic Liberal. I fall somewhere between those four categories.

 
I’m by no means stating that living life on one’s own terms means to sit and watch daytime television all day while someone else pays for your living expenses.

 
I guess one can call me an anarcho-capitalist in the Stefan Molyneux mold, and trust me, I love his videos.

 
And no, I’m not part of the Alt-Right.

 
Well, neither is Molyneux, as he’s stated time and again.

 
I won’t believe a single word CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News spits out. I don’t fall for propaganda. Instead, I’ll look for fact. Verifiable fact, like old and new documentation, not something an unqualified news reporter feeds the masses by playing off their emotions.

 
Well, Todd, don’t you care about the kids?

 
I care about kids far more than the Left, who seems to only bring up the kids when school shootings or an increase in home schooling occurs. Or, if they’re trying to expand welfare.

 
So yes, I care about the kids, because I refuse to use them as tools to pass an agenda, as the Left has done time and again for the reasons listed above. Yet, the only agendas the left looks to pass are taking guns from law-abiding citizens, which socialist states did.

 

 

They want to spread propaganda that kids are better educated in state-run schools than the home, as Vladimir Lenin once urged. And, they’re showing pictures of kids starving in the streets (probably in a third-world country), to further increase domestic welfare.

 

 

Socialism, socialism, and more socialism has led to what, exactly?

 
Whole families being murdered by the same guns the government grabbed from them, shot at point-blank range and buried in shallow graves.

 
Know what this post is saying thus far?

 
I’m neither Right nor Left. Neither Conservative nor Liberal, from a mainstream perspective.

 
But, there’s much, much more to this than politics.

 
I want to be an authorpreneur, something that most will just laugh at, asking me what the hell that is, exactly?

 
Oh, you want to make money off selling books, do you, Todd? Good luck in that saturated market.

 
Fine, I’ll do my research.

 
I want to workout twice a day at times I want to workout.

 
Oh, good luck with that, Todd, just wait until you get a real job.

 
When I can no longer pay the bills writing and training I’ll get a real job, but until then I’m going to find value and seek fun in my life. I’m going to do what makes me happy, and yes, I’m going to challenge the mainstream status-quo and as My Freedom Flame always states, challenge mainstream thought.

 
Why, Todd, why are you going to fight such a losing battle?

 
See, I don’t think my side’s losing at all. In fact, if you listen to Ron Paul, he’s never seen more support for true Libertarian principles than right here, right now.

 

 

No, I think we’re just getting started. I think the Liberty Movement is just getting started, which is one of many reasons why I’m releasing Lord of Columbia here in 2018, when America hasn’t seen so much division since the Vietnam War.

 
I will never just live to make ends meet, or live to pay the bills, or live to work at a job I never dreamed about growing up as a child. I will never work in a job where I see zero influence on changing humanity. I will never work just to wait around for Friday Night. I will never be that person who groans because the work week has begun and the only reason I’m there is for the money. Because I like that, no, because I need that money.

 
I will never be a drone to society, a robot, who wakes up, fights traffic, force feeds, works eight to ten hours in a job so I can make ends meet, the majority of which in a house or an apartment that I merely sleep in because I’m either working all day, and when I’m off the clock, fighting traffic to and from.

 
And being oblivious to all the corruption around me. All the wars, all the profits being reaped by the military-industrial complex, oil industry, big pharma, and the prison-industrial complex. With my tax dollars.

 
Being too tired to worry about all the bought politicians, who are only in office because of “generous” contributions made to their campaign by the corporations listed above, and to keep the people sedated, commit “generous acts of kindness” themselves.

 
Oh, it gets better, because these nationally televised events are going to be spun in an emotional way so the masses who’re watching all the news stations such “generous” contributions by select corporations, actors, comedians, politicians, and athletes bow down to their corporate gods and speak nothing but good things about them and that they can never do no wrong.

 
Oh, it gets even better, because now these corporations, politicians, celebrities, the likes, are deified, and whoever critiques them even in the slightest are given a lecture of, “Oh, didn’t you see what they’re doing for the sake of humanity,” when they’re only trying to look good in front of the masses on television, via networks who have a government license to run on air.

 
So no, I’ll choose not to conform. I’ll choose not to follow anyone who’s being deified on ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, or any other major outlet. I’ll choose to do my own research, and see what these people, these companies, these bureaucrats are really about.

 
And we’ll see how much they truly deserve to be deified.

 
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Take the Calculated Risk

Isn’t it About Time You Rolled the Dice? Take the Risk, take the Gamble, Play the Hand

We’ve lost our identity as what it really means to be Americans and both Conservatives and Liberals are to blame for this mess.

 
On one side, Conservatives routinely believe love of country is to die for it even if any armed conflict isn’t the best option. In other words, it’s either submit to your country’s authority, or else.

 
Liberals believe the United States to be a greedy corporate empire that gets rich off the expense of the masses, but believes government intervention is the road to freedom, which has never worked.

 
Libertarians believe in playing by one’s own rules should be number one and that any road to personal freedom and prosperity defeats anything Conservative or Liberal America offers. We play by a different set of rules.

 

Take the Risk

And when it comes to risk, us Libertarians love rolling the dice and seeing what we can uncover. We’re risk-takers and we love every second of it. Sure, we know we’ll fail at times, but at others we’ll find prosperity when we climb the highest mountains.

 
We have goals to work toward, passions to pursue, and we’re not about to follow the Conservative mantra of working for a company that’ll take care of us and our families. Hell no!

 

As Libertarians we’ll take care of ourselves, thank you very much.

 
We’re individualists, who refuse to get a job simply for compensation, benefits, and security. We’re freedom-seekers, and we seek freedom over security, failing as we stand than “succeeding” as we kneel. Because when we fail enough, we will succeed, and it’s the beauty of taking the calculated risk. We have the ambition to ride out the storm.

 
Unlike Liberal America, we won’t take your government handout; you can keep it. We don’t like tax credits, instead we want to pay for anything we decide to buy. They can keep their government-mandated healthcare; Libertarians like to take care of themselves and even if we were better off with government, we’d decline.

No Pride Needed

No, Conservatives, we’re not going to show our pride in working for a brand name and helping that brand name achieve its goals. We just don’t care enough for your company or your dreams; we have our own to work toward, and they’re more important to us.

 
But thanks for trying to coax us into a little retirement plan, benefits, and a comfortable salary to bribe us against following our own path. I know we’re hard workers. In fact, Libertarians are the hardest workers you’ll ever hire.

 

 

Except, we’re ambitious people and you, you’re company is just small work.

 
Then, we’ll go on to start our own brand. We’ll pursue our passion, our dreams, and walk straight into Hell for a while.

 
Why?

 
Because we care that much about the product we have in our mind and our goal is to relay such a product to as many people as possible because it’s beneficial to them. Not only that, but we also see the benefits of what we’re doing and your little offer to us just isn’t, nor will it ever be, beneficial enough.

 

Pursuing Passion

No, we’re not just going to work some stupid job and start something we’re not passionate about.

 
Yeah, I know, the whole market demand thing, but someone else can start their business in it. Hey, if I don’t like something I simply won’t pursue it but if I love something I’ll pursue it like I have no other option.

 

I’m an INFJ, I’m only pursuing something worthwhile. If I don’t find you or your product worthwhile, I’ll pass, even on $80,000 a year. I’ll make my own $80,000.

 

How does that sound?

 
No, I won’t give myself another option.

 
I’m pursuing, and that’s all there is to it.

 
I’m pursuing writing because a) I love it and b) there’s a message to spread to the world and it’s the best way to do so.

 
But, isn’t it hard to make a living in it?

 
I think anything worth pursuing is hard to make a living in. Writing is no different, and there are numerous ways to make money here.

 
1. Creative writing. It’s the best. Write a book, market, promote, and sell. Learn SEO and metadata to increase your chances of success. But dammit, take your time. There’s a lot of legwork involved if you want to get this thing in front of people without shouting ‘Buy my book’ on Twitter and annoying the hell out of us.

 
2. Informative e-books. While creative writing can entertain, or at least entertain while informing, others want to be informed. What are you good at? I have a fitness background and an endless fountain of ideas how people can adopt a fitness background. Why not sell my knowledge? Hey, people want to whip their asses into shape in a convenient way, so why not sell it to them, because my ways are strikingly convenient. Sure, there’s work involved and all, but at least you don’t need expensive gym equipment or a special diet; just willpower.

 
3. Blog, dammit. Drive people to your blog the same way you drive people to your book with sound SEO and metadata. I’m busy converting my past works to SEO, and in the week since I’ve started using SEO, my traffic has seen a slight increase. I suspect that trend to continue. Short-term goal is 100 daily views, long-term is 500. I’ll talk about my books and other works, but I’m not telling people to buy them. It’s your decision and if you want it, you’ll find it, or it’ll find you.

 
4. Freelance. Find websites you love to read and see if you can contribute. Some sites even pay a hefty sum, so your time is more than worth it. Even for sites that don’t pay, by submitting and getting published, you’ll receive credibility in your field. Just last week I started studying freelance opportunities and came across how to submit to one of my favorite sites, Mises.org.

 
Last week, I made a list of blogs, websites, and magazines to submit my work and came up with over sixty. After I compiled my list, I crafted several pitches just to get in the flow of proposing my work. This week, the goal is to craft an article worth submitting and hopefully within the next week or two, will submit.

 
I’m very new to freelance, so this is another walk into uncharted waters.

 

Research, Research, and more Research

When you pursue, I can’t stress enough how important it is to research. You need to know the in’s and out’s, even the technicalities like SEO and metadata. The more you research, the more edge you’ll have over others you might be competing with. But if you want to launch your book, then do all the legwork like social media, a blog, and screaming ‘Buy my book, so be it.

 
This time last year, I was hoping to launch Lord of Columbia, my debut creative work. However, I didn’t know anything about the business side of operations and wisely started researching to see how I could give the work the best chance to succeed.

 
What I found out will save me a lot of headache and wtf’s down the road. From book covers, to choosing a title, to choosing categories, sub-categories, keywords, book description, all the way down to my About the Author, I researched every single detail.

 

Conclusion

I hope I motivated you to inch another step closer to so too can take the calculated risk, roll the dice, and gamble for a brighter day.

 
Sure, it’s a scary thought, especially when your current gig may be paying you a nice income and benefits. Calculating risk versus current security, however, plays into the whole security over freedom mantra. Don’t take security over freedom. Instead, take the risk. I’m confident years from today you’ll look back and see how foolish it was to have all this built in fear of what if something goes wrong.

 
Instead, worry about all that’ll go right. It’s true. People worry about finding success because while many of us have had a time where we made a good living, success in our chosen field, our passion, is a whole new ballgame.

 
And with that, I’d like to thank all my readers on My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

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