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Because You Deserve Success

Rise Above Conformity

People naturally fall in line because like when they were young, they wanted to be part of the cool, or popular group. Those of us choosing not to fall in line are like the school outcasts who were the weird kids, or something similar.


The Group Myth

So, people need to be accepted and to be part of the popular group makes them feel powerful. When Junior gets a full-time job with a decent salary, a spouse, a couple kids, a couple working cars, a house, job benefits, and a retirement plan, he’ll win respect of his family and everyone around him.
But these people can’t be more wrong. I’m talking about Junior, his family, and in-laws. Great, you’re part of the popular group. Now go ahead and toil away, pay your taxes, and die.
Because now that’s all you’re going to do.
Sure, you may be vocal in political campaigns, but both parties run rampant with authoritarianism, something me and my passion for writing is trying to change.
So, what’s one great way to change the current landscape?
Motivating people to pursue their passion, of course.


Parents Just Don’t Understand

See, pursuing passion allows us to voice our opinions and eventually put a price on it. For us writers, books, blogs, articles, and many other flows exist.
Sure, you may not win mom and dad’s respect over this because for one, mom and dad don’t have a clue about life other than falling in line with conformity unless you’re the son or daughter of a “cool parent” and when you lose respect of mom and dad, everyone else, friends, extended family, even co-workers and peers, are on notice.
People don’t like it when you’re up past midnight trying to perfect a manuscript and people most definitely don’t like it when you’re succeeding in pursuing your passion.


Positive Souls

But some people do like it.
These are the people you need to be friends with. Like you, they realize you’re going through growing pains of maintaining a day job while you attempt to turn your passion into something brilliant. And they know this doesn’t come easy, but it’s possible. It’s not going to come easy because it’s not going to pay right away, but in time it will.
Better yet, it’s going to pay, and your voice is going to be heard. your platform will take off and you’re going to be an inspiration to hundreds, maybe thousands, of people. And you’re going to pay it forward by inspiring them to pursue their passion. Life and success needs to be about paying it forward.


You’re Reaching the Apex, Predator

Don’t look back and think what you could be doing for a living right here and now if you’re struggling. Bad times pass, and good times are on the horizon. In fact, if you continue to work hard at your own craft, you’re going to realize your own dreams, not someone else’s. You’re going to see yourself pay off the dividends in the long-run and you’re going to thank yourself for staying the course and not giving up.
It’s not about how much raw talent you have in your passion, it’s about how much heart you have to succeed and see it through. Many fail because they’re impatient or they see the odds stacked against them and scatter.
You’re unique, because you’ve already taken the first step in the success game. I urge you to continue this path because one day it’s going to pay off better than a secure job with benefits and a retirement pension at a company’s reliance ever will. They’re bribing you.

Reward yourself by seeing your own successes and dreams come alive.


Are You Ready?

Do you have what it takes to Pursue Passion?



Are you ready to go to a place many dare not dream of going when they reach their late teens or early twenties? Are you ready to take the difficult, less taken path while those around you receive a decent salary, health insurance and retirement benefits, and job security? Are you ready to work eight to ten hours a day in addition to your day job with zero pay? Are you ready to ignore the haters and naysayers that will come from all angles of your life, from family, friends, and peers? Are you ready to step out of the line of conformity and enter a world few are willing to go?


            If you answered yes to all my questions, you’re ready to pursue your passion. Pursuing passion can be a nightmare day in and day out in addition to being very rewarding when you reach the pinnacle of success. But, there are going to be roadblocks to and from. You’re going to be up before dawn and past midnight. You’re not going to see the fruits of your efforts pay off in the short-term, because there is a lot to be done to build the foundation.



The Challenge Ahead


            My passion is writing, and I’d love to make my libertarian message be heard to the world. I’m also aware I need to build a platform across many different social media outlets in addition to a blog and one day, an author website.


            When my platform is built, and my Age of Columbia trilogy is ready (Uprising being the first book), I’ll still need a nice email list, book promotion websites, hard copies for those like me who wish to turn the page rather than read behind a screen, local bookstores willing to sell the book, and numerous other ventures. Though Age of Columbia: Uprising is almost complete, the platform is still in the works but is building.



Patience is a Virtue


            Many like to get impatient and jump headfirst into this. It’s always a bad idea because we’re so excited to get our work into the mainstream that we expect others to believe in and buy our product.


            It doesn’t work this way. You need to do a lot of the legwork. If you’re an author, publishing companies expect this if you’re looking to go the traditional route. If you’re choosing to take the indie route as more authors appear to be doing these days, you’re still going to be doing much legwork.


            Yet, the risks and sacrifice will be worth it in the end. For one, you need to give yourself some recognition because most people will flame out. Most will take the salary (bribe) and benefits (a further bribe) and worship the company they work for while knowing wholeheartedly said company will replace them within thirty seconds in the face of potential catastrophe.



You Know You’re Unique, Right?


            But, you’re different. You see the benefits of falling in line with conformity and living by the “that’s the way it is” or you’re going to “pay taxes, work, and die” mantra of the weak-hearted. Hey, if you want to be this way, go right ahead.


            But if you’re reading this article, I’m betting you’re the type looking to make more of yourself than a nine to five or salaried slave to society. You realize there’s more to life than a paycheck and your existence means there’s an impact you need to make on the world. Not just on the small scale, but you have a message that must be heard for the masses to soak in.


            And maybe, just maybe, your own, personal success story after all the years of toil and sacrifice will inspire others. The pay it forward method is the most rewarding. We live in a society of mostly negative people, as I saw back in my old days working at Riesbecks Food Markets.


            We’re wiser and better than being enslaved to someone else making a small wage or salary while they make a lot more money off our labor. Some call this compensation, I call it legal bribery.














Because Life is a Journey


Because life is a journey and you’re on for the ride. You’re greater than what they said you would be. In fact, if you’re a writer you have a special ability, or your brain has a special ability, to filter out what it deems unimportant but hold onto what is important.


            So, what does the brain see as important or unimportant?


            It’s going to operate at a different level than your friends, I’ll clue you in on that. You’re going to forget things like birthdays, holidays, what your boss told you to do, and several other things the masses find important. But, you’re going to remember faces, personalities, uniqueness in certain people, what they do for a living, what their reflections on life are, and the mind will be creating this character you may use in a manuscript.


            But, life is a journey, because we crave meeting new people who are story-worthy.


            Who are some story worthy characters?


            I must make a confession, and this confession is one day when I finish with my Uprising series, I’m going to create a short memoir encompassing five years, between 2012 and 2017 of interesting people I met in the first stages of my journey.


            Furthermore, the story goes way beyond those I’ve met, but the lessons I’ve learned from each, which have shaped me into who I am today, the motivational writer dude who tries to motivate my readers into pursuing their passion in favor of falling victim to the system.


            What’s the system?


            Oh, you know, the system! The system where we graduate high school (or college), find a job, work for a living in a gig we may’ve settled for, remain oblivious to what the government is doing behind our backs, pay taxes due to a tax code passed by our government overlords while we pay taxes for them to create such a code, work until we receive a retirement check in the form of social security (also from the government) while the big corporation who is in it with the government we’ve been working for is going to take care of us because we invested in their 401(k) plan or something similar and thank such corporations (whose leaders just made upper six to seven figures off you) for the opportunity to work for them for thirty-plus years for a minute compensation.


            If the above sounds like you and you’re satisfied, stop reading this article. If this is you and want something better for yourself or if you don’t want to fall into such a trap, read on.


            Why not close your eyes for a second and reclaim the child’s mind you once had. You know, the mind that was full of imagination, and the possibilities were endless. Yeah, that mind. You know, the one that craved adventure, or just had to write down whatever it thought, or saw an abstract picture and had to relay it to a canvas. Yeah, that mind.


            It’s still there. It’s still lurking. It’s part of you. It is you. It lives in you.


            Now, why not, from this day forward, shoot for the stars in this passion?


            Why settle?


            Sure, reincarnation may well exist, but this is the only life where you’re you. Why not make the most of it? Why settle for something less for the means of security?


            Liberty is my agenda, and I believe to achieve true liberty, we must put security aside, and the workforce is no exception. Sure, job security and a steady pay may be nice, but if you do this for thirty-five years and look back at perhaps a talent or a promising career of what could’ve been, well, you lived without living.


            I don’t want you to do this. I want to see you fly above the clouds with the eagles, as peaceful as the dove, as bright as the raven, and as unique as the owl.


            If no one else believes in you, I will believe in you. 


Pay it Forward, and Move Forward

Our truest rewards in life go beyond personal success. Look, I’m twenty-six and I’ve already had the opportunity to work one of my dream jobs and am now looking to make another dream come true before I hit thirty, the dream of being a well-known writer, blogger, and perhaps even an author.
But, success means nothing unless you’re looking back to where you were when you first started in any venture. If you’re going to hype yourself, continue doing so, but make sure you have a following of likeminded people looking up to you like you look up to them. It’s not rewarding to be successful without sharing with others.
So, what I wish to share with you today are ways you can help pay it forward and share your success with other individuals each step of the way.
Currently, I’m building my writer platform, which takes time, energy, patience, and persistence. Not to mention trial, error, starts, a few stops, some sputters, a stall here or there, and success follows, but only after a rough patch.
Well, I figured out how to make a budding platform via blogging (this blog here is very new), Twitter, and even a Facebook fan page. My new goal is while I continue to build such a platform is to help others avoid the mistakes and pitfalls I made. I want to do this because it’s my goal to keep people from getting discouraged by perhaps friends, family, co-workers, and society in general because for us writers and others looking to pursue passion, this isn’t an easy task.
Since there are no shortcuts, those who are starting fresh need to be reminded that this needs to be treated like a second job. One mistake many novices make is they expect quick results. This is compounded because society is conditioned to expect quick-fixes in everything. If you’ve ever been a fitness trainer, this point hits home.
People need to realize there is going to be work involved, and the remaining time during your week is going to be directed toward that. There are one-hundred and sixty-eight hours in a week, fifty-six of which you may spend sleeping, fifty working, eight eating, and fifteen getting ready for work still gives you thirty-seven hours to pursue your passion. You have time, but you must use it wisely.
You may burn some bridges and I’ve burned more than a few. These bridges could be friendships, family ties, potential relationships, yep, we’re tearing down the ship and rebuilding it. There is a lot that goes into becoming better at your passion and ultimately doing so full-time. But, if it’s truly your passion, it must come first, and you must want it more than anything you’ve wanted in your life.
Never, ever, ever settle for something less, and this means relationships. Some people date and marry young while making sacrifices to potential careers or opportunities.

Don’t do it, it’s not worth it. I know you may love someone now or think you do, or your current best friends are going to be your best friends three, four, five years from now. For people in our age group, things change, people change, and you need to change.
I’m being straightforward because it’s my style. As a trainer, I’ve learned it’s never good to beat around the bush. As a writer, and hopefully one day a full-time writer, I want to be real with people when I explain what goes into this. Trust me, I wake up each day wondering what could’ve been in many instances, but the other voice tells me to keep moving forward.
Sure, many of us have been hit hard, very hard, sometimes by ourselves burning bridges with those we’ve been good friends with in the past. But the light is always on the other side of the tunnel, even if we can’t see it.

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