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Get Motivated to Pursue Passion

Get Motivated, Your Passion is Waiting

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article depicting one of my favorite local stores closing down and while greed, monopoly, and bureaucracy is certainly a cause, I have a passionate message for all the store’s employees and that’s to get motivated.


Let me repeat.

Get motivated.

The grocery store chain located in the spot previously saw many former store employees go on to work at the new store, the current chain, soon to close. This occurred in 2004.
I worked at the location from August 2011 to September 2012 and was fortunate enough to meet with and talk to many employees of the former location.

Their blame?

Corporate greed.

And yes, corporate greed and corporatism in general plays a major, crony capitalist part in this game, but the beauty of it is the crony part…crony capitalism isn’t capitalism.

So, what is capitalism?




It all begins with an idea. Someone has an idea. It can be any idea, to use as a service to provide for people.

The purest form of capitalism is free trade.

Say I have a pen and you have one dollar. I want to buy something that costs one more dollar and you want to write something down by hand. So, we engage in an exchange. I’ll be better off with the collar and you’ll be better off with the pen.

Now, say I have this bright idea where I create this pen company, again, it’s hypothetical. My pens contain twice the amount of ink as a normal pen and it’s the same size. Therefore, my idea would then sell.

The difference between capitalism and corporatism is say if someone comes by with a better idea, even if I’ve become established, they can take control of the market with a better product. Therefore, for me to stay in business, I would have to improve my existing product.

Corporatism involves bought politicians, government-company collusion, the works. Therefore, someone with a better idea may not even have a chance to enter the market due to barriers to entry, costs of production, and other barriers.



Single-Source Income

For many, the single-source income stream is the road taken more often. In fact, how many of us operate on a single source of income?


I’d say at least ninety-percent.

You have a job, earning good income, and before you know it, your income source is gone, especially the way the economy fluctuates these days.

So, what do you do if that single source of income is gone?

What are you good at?

What are you passionate about?


Now is the best time to pursue your passion.


Why not?


What do you have to lose?

These questions are how My Freedom Flame’s political avenues coincide with passion pursuit. Motivation is key in this field.


Let’s say you are working, but man, you don’t want to be in your current gig.


But you need the job.


But you can’t freaking stand it.


Oh, what to do?

Are you working forty to fifty hours, head home, relax, and watch TV?

What do you do on weekends?

See, as brutal as this sounds, those relying on one source of income are missing an opportunity. When their place of work closes, goes out of business or lays off workers, they’re quick to point the fingers at management, ownership, or in this case, landlords.



Society Based on Hate

Society has become based on Hate. Unfortunately, hate grasps society by the throat and never lets go, funneling its way into Marxism, eventually.


Yep, Karl Marx was a man full of hate. Check out Five Crazy Facts About Karl Marx.

We’re trained at a young age, in public schools, to learn that our labor is exploited by the upper, political class. And in many ways, they may be right, but what they don’t tell us is the collusion between corporations and government, or political entrepreneurs, which differs from market entrepreneurs.

Instead, we’re taught that programs that contributed to the New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society will provide a comfortable living to all Americans, and the rich will be the ones taxed the most so they’ll be forced to give back to all those people they exploited once upon a time.

However, it’s based on hate, envy, and want. To the point to where people believe they’ll entitled to the products of another’s labor.

And the free market is blamed.

But in America, politicians bought by corporations who are overseeing programs to benefit said corporations while making laws that prop up barriers to entry in a field. It’s the opposite of free markets.

And it’s fueled on hate and envy.




Look, perhaps you’re in a precarious situation, and you need income. I’m not saying fast income, because anything worth having will involve a struggle, it’ll involve you doubling your work week hours and working for free for a time.


Isn’t passion worth it?

Yes, it’s the price of pursuing passion. It’s the price of realizing the idea of your dreams is manageable and your little obstacle in the road may be the blessing in disguise.

I’m telling you, right now, to stop the hate, stop the envy, stop the self-entitlement you’ve been trained in public schools and by media to act as the exploited victim.


Perhaps some of it is true in the case of political entrepreneurs who use government to gain traction, but the only ones who are exploited for their labor are ones who choose to get exploited.


You don’t have to make such a choice.

Those who’ve worked for one single source of income all their lives and suddenly the source of income is gone have made the choice, and taken the risk, of assuming the one source of income would always be there.

And nothing, not even the greatest things, last forever.

Never, ever, ever, assume that the job you have now, working to make a lot of money for someone else, to help them or a company that doesn’t even know your name, to pursue their dreams, will be there for you.

Chances are, they won’t.

And it’s not an incentive for hate, playing the victim, and using it as a crutch for envy.
It’s an opportunity for you to utilize your skills, pursue your passion, think outside the box, challenge mainstream thought, and think beyond the status-quo.

You can do this.

Maybe not today, tomorrow, or even this year, but you can do this.

Your solution to the obstacle bestowed upon you is to take action, take control, take ownership of your life, and build something most dare not dream of. So, stop complaining, stop anger, stop envy, get motivated.

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


Writers, You Don’t Need Plan B

Passion is First and Foremost, so get Rid of Plan B

You don’t need Plan B, only Plan A.


I don’t care if Plan A isn’t making a living just yet, Plan B doesn’t exist.

Do you have a current job that isn’t Plan A?


It should be nothing more than a tool for paying bills, and nothing else. Work the job just long enough to sustain a basic living, and put your efforts into Plan A, your passion.


Treat Plan A Like a Full-Time Job

Plan A is your full-time job, whether or not it pays.

To succeed with Plan A, one must be resourceful. They must continually work to reel in as much info as possible and act on it.

As a writer, this means several things:

1) The obvious, writing.


2) Work on a writer’s platform.


3) Find ways to earn an income while writing.


4) Make sure everyone you know, and their network knows about it.



For the writer, the majority of our time needs to be spent writing. We need to write to carry out points two, three, and four.

Writing is much more than just writing, it’s learning different writing styles, story structure, and how to hook a reader from beginning to end. Study, apply, repeat.

Make a habit out of writing. Set aside one hour a day for studying and another hour a day for writing. If you’re fortunate enough to have more time on your hands, do so. Set aside as much time as possible to write.


Writer’s Platform

My current step in this journey is working on a writer’s platform. This doesn’t take much. You’ll need to start a blog and focus on one to two social media outlets. I like Facebook and Twitter, especially Twitter, because each post is a fast read.

Ditto for the blog. Make it interesting, informative, and related to your writing niche. I love motivating others to pursue writing, or whatever their passion is, while showing off alternative political viewpoints. My works, the first of which will be released in September, is related to the latter.

The writer’s platform doesn’t take a long time to work on each day. In fact, it’s better to build it over time. Find like-minded people in your writing niche or writing in general and connect with them. There are millions of opportunities to build on social media and of course, a blog which you’ll dedicate a few hours each week to.


Earn an Income

I’ve seen a lot of writers state it’s not possible to earn a living writing. Per my research, it is, and I’m busy compiling a list of journals and magazines to submit work to. Nothing big, but just another way of getting others to know who I am and what I do.

There are many avenues than submissions, however. There are ways to monetize a blog, which is another step I’m taking. Open a Patreon account, which I’m getting closer to, and put some exclusive writings in it for paying patrons only. Content and freelance writing also have numerous opportunity and are in greater demand than ever before.


Everyone Should Know

Some state to keep this stuff off your personal pages. Again, I say different.
Make sure everyone knows who you are and what you do. By doing so, you’re opening up several potential pipelines.

Sure, some may not agree with what you write and their opinion of you may change.
It’s normal.

But, you need to take these proactive steps to make it in this game. It’s possible and it can happen, but for it to do so, people need to know about you.



Take action, day in and day out, and gain knowledge. Once you’ve accumulated enough knowledge, you can execute your game plan. Don’t be afraid of getting rid of any and all fallbacks. It’s proven that if you invest enough time and energy into anything, it will pay off.

My Path Back to the Writing Craft

How I’m Pursuing to Make Writing My Primary Income

It was supposed to be my hobby. Okay, I didn’t intend to become so obsessed, so addicted with reading, writing, and politics, that my new life’s ambition since early-2016 is to become what they deem an Authorpreneur.

Basically, I want to make a primary income off writing.


Of course!


Of course not!

I’ve taken the past year to write a couple manuscripts, one of which, Lord of Columbia, is a trilogy. I want to be an indie-author simply because I don’t feel comfortable selling my rights to others, and possibly changing many aspects of the work at an editor’s recommendation.

So, what to do, since selling and making a living off independent published works can take a little time?

Well, there are plenty of ways to make money writing that I’ve discovered and am in process of starting to pursue and will be even more pursuant come the end of June.

So, what are some ways I’ve discovered in making money off writing?

1) Start doing content work. Businesses always look for content writers. Start a writing portfolio today which will help you pay dividends in the long run and seek opportunities wherever possible.

2) Become a freelancer. Sure, you may only get a few clients to begin, but in the early stages, anything you get are golden opportunities. There are numerous freelance sites from which to work.

3) Don’t just sell fiction. What are you an expert in? I have a degree in Wellness and Fitness, so naturally writing fitness-related e-books will be a great way to make supplemental income. Everyone wants to be fit these days and us fitness enthusiasts love helping people get to where we want to be.

4) Begin a YouTube Channel. I think, as writers, we all have certain perspectives that draw us to the craft, which come to life in our works. So, what do you write about, and why? My recurring themes, regardless of genre, have to do with spreading the idea of liberty, because it’s been proven to work, time and again, in favor of interventionism. When you gain a following, income will start to pour in.

5) Start a Patreon account. Perhaps you can write some short stories to monthly patrons? It’s a great way to earn some extra cash per month.

6) Oh, and have a blog and make sure there are links to all these different avenues. Ditto for social media. I keep a Facebook and a Twitter account dedicated to writing and research.


So, how am I applying this now?

Like I stated, July 1st is going to be a huge day, but more on that later. I’ve recently started looking into freelance and content work, testing the waters to see what I need to do to really break into the business.

As for fitness, it comes naturally, and I can have an e-book out by the end of summer, especially as we head toward fall in September where people want to know more about what they can do to prevent the holiday weight gain that’s sure to come.

I just started a Patreon account and again, more on that later on. I started the process of creating a few short stories, along with even a few full-length novels, for some future patrons. And, once I can swing it, I’m definitely buying some nice tech gear to use in creating informative YouTube videos, again regarding libertarianism.

So, to conclude, there are a lot of ways you can make sound money off writing. Why did it take me so long to even consider pursuing? I’ll be honest, I wanted to make absolutely sure there were good ways before even doing so.

As I pursue, I’ll provide numerous updates on how I’m doing and hopefully can be an inspiration for you to pursue, too. In addition, I’ll keep up with my posts regarding my principles and perspectives on several global topics, as they have to do with the genre in which I write, especially Lord of Columbia.

Either way, My Freedom Flame is all about pursuing and succeeding in what you find passionate. Even my political articles mean something, as they’re things I’m passionate on, and I pursue information each day.

I’d like to thank all of my readers, please come back soon.

Good Old, Primary Income Cross Roads

How to Adapt to New Schedules While Pursuing Passion

It’d been coming since this time last year. Rediscovering my love for writing meant a stake in my actual work, which was my second passion. It also means I’m on the hunt to look for work outside the gym atmosphere to fund my dream of becoming an indie-author, freelance writer, and virtually as Derek Haines coins, the Authorpreneur.
The benefits in working my current gig have been tremendous regarding pursuing my passion for writing, including flexible scheduling, working on my writing and research from an office while on my downtime in the middle of the day, and remaining for the most part stress free.
But the pay isn’t enough, which is why I’m not about to give up a gym job for writing. However, by taking a plunge and finding work in a place, even if it’s stressful work, for a year or so that not only pays the bills but gives me some to put into a savings (and writing) account is worth it.
Yet, there is something I’ll need to do, and it’s to adapt to a new schedule.



Finding Time to Write

If you’ve been following My Freedom Flame for a while, you know my recommendations for pursuing passion fall into two portions of the day: early morning or late evening. Drawing inspiration from full-time freelance writer and award-winning author Jerry Jenkins, who wrote between nine in the evening and midnight, I swear by this style.
Many of us work between eight and twelve-hour days. However, those of us working twelves may have an extra day or so off, while those of us working eights may work more days but will have more time in the day to pursue passion.
When do you find time to write?
When you’re not working.



Pulling the Excuse Card

Many people will pull the excuse card as a means to justify why they haven’t pursued their passion. Some say it’s because their passion doesn’t pay. Well, writing doesn’t pay early on and it takes time to make a solid paycheck, as does personal training.
To this extent, the ultimatum is set and one of them has to go forever. It’s going to be personal training, and it’s a no-brainer.
One passion had to take center stage, and now, it’s writing. If the Deep State didn’t exist and if America really was the free nation our teachers in public school claim it is, which the masses believe it is, but in actuality, it isn’t, I’d take training because I’d have nothing to write about.
But no, people must realize what’s going on and I must be part of this resistance.
But it doesn’t stop people from pulling the excuse card left and right.
We see it daily. They get a job, wake up, get ready, fight traffic, do their job for eight to twelve hours, come home, relax, and, well, become the drone society wants them to become.
Yet, and I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, it doesn’t have to be this way. Eighteen hours. We have eighteen hours per day to pursue passion. Now, if you work eight hours and drive an hour to work and back, you’re down to eight hours. You’ll eat for a grand total of an hour, so we’re down to seven. If you need to workout one to two hours per day, you’re down to five. Household chores for an hour, down to four. Miscellaneous tasks take us down to three.
Three hours per day. If you work twelve hours, you’d simply take the days you’re off from work. No one’s working eighty-four-hour work weeks unless it involves either their passion or a massive money-making scheme.
Again, you have time.



How to Make Time

This is where daily planning comes to the forefront. What you need to do is make a list of all tasks you perform each day. For instance, it’s Monday, and most of us are working. So, for Monday (at the training job until I find my new gig), I know I have clients in the morning and late afternoon/early evening. So, I have middle of the day and between ten and midnight.
However, say I get a job with stable working hours for once and I work between eight and four, five days a week, and maybe eight to twelve on the sixth day. Okay, so I need to drive an hour and back to work, so I leave my apartment at six-thirty (half-hour of buffer time!), and drive an hour home, so I plan on being home between six and six-thirty.
Being a hardcore workout warrior, I’d likely get up at four in the morning, be ready to work by six-thirty, and hit the gym in the evening around six-thirty. If I only saw reasonable time to workout once per day, I’d simply combine my lift with cardio and interval work, no big deal. But, I still have between eight and ten to pursue my passion during the week, giving me ten hours per work week, four hours on Saturday, giving me fourteen, and all-day Sunday, we’ll say I’ll take eight hours. This gives me twenty to twenty-two hours to work with.




Red Flags

Though my degree is in wellness and fitness and I’ve been a certified personal trainer since 2012, the love for the craft was merely a bubble. Sure, I love exercise so much I do so twice per day, but one red flag I couldn’t justify was having a free, complimentary membership at Anytime Fitness yet when I’m home in Weirton, paying for a membership at Snap Fitness.
My reasoning?
Despite the fact there is an Anytime in Weirton, which I worked in for four years, Snap simply had better people, a friendlier atmosphere, a cleaner club, and many of my old Anytime friends and clients migrated to Snap.
And I was willing to pay for the membership. That may state a lot.

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