Artists are brainwashed.
Of course it’s not just the artists and creatives. It’s most everyone.
We are taught that not only are we supposed to go down the whole “get a good job” path, but that we should just give up. We will never make a living based on what gives us joy.
Just give up… is the subtle, and many a time too, direct message.
We have all been influenced by it.
Some artists I have talked with still are holding on to hope, but are at the same time at a point where they are just about to settle with the 8-5.
Their heart says they want freedom.
It’s amazing sometimes having a discussion with a conflicted artist.
“So what would you do every day if you could… if you had no worry about money?”
I would just create art and feed the homeless.
A couple weeks later:
“So why are you talking about going back to school, getting into tons of more debt, only to move forward in an industry you’re not even passionate about, doing work you don’t want to do?”
This IS what I want to do. I DO enjoy doing this kind of work.
“But you told me you didn’t, that dealing with the patients wears down at you psychologically and emotionally, and that you’re tired of it. And you told me you would rather be creating art, and helping the homeless.”
No I do love my job and helping people.
Two weeks later, overhearing a phone conversation:
If I could, I would just leave where I work. I’d just create art and hang out with artists all the time.
This was a real conversation I had with someone. She told me often how much she just wanted to up and quit her job.
She was conflicted because if you got her to open up about what brings her joy, what came from her heart, she would reveal that she wanted to help the poor, and create art.
But the part of her mind conditioned by the culture led her to give out programmed responses, where she was lying to herself, unaware.
Although a small part of her resists it, she’s accepted that going back to school and getting more degrees in the medical industry is the way to go.
That would be fine if it were what she truly wanted from her heart. Obviously it is not.
At the time of me writing this, she just got a new job in a different industry. She went from CNA to now selling supplemental health insurance.
I just got off the phone with her. She told me she might as well go ahead and get loans to get her bachelors degree, that she could have(debt) them paid off sooner being in that new industry.
I’m glad she’s moving on to a job that will be more pay, and not having to struggle being overworked / underpaid as a CNA.
But why give up?!
I realize I can’t help her unless she wants it.
Why not just create a plan and work torward getting the creative freedom you want?
Jobs should only be a means to make money to fund your creative passions, and to break out as soon as you can, not settling for a life you don’t want.
When there are bloggers out there making six figures per month, with little money to start, with solid plans, leveraging the Internet, creating content based on what they are passionate about, selling apparel, other products, and living the life they want, I don’t see why anyone would.
Most people will never think to even do the research because they just swallow what they are fed, unfortunately.
It’s proof most people, many artists are still brainwashed, despite the power of the Internet and the Information Age.
Part of my mission here at Project Creative Freedom is to wake people up, to help give them see there is a way.
My mission is to help as many people as possible to get the creative and personal freedom they want.
Over the past few years I’ve discussed what I’ve learned about goal setting, branding, and marketing yourself (mostly on the Internet) with a number of artists.
For the most part they have taken a liking to what I have to say. Some have said that what I’ve learned sounds kick-ass fantastic.
However, what I think kept anyone from taking any action was not providing my own proof or finished product.
It made me frustrated to bring up any of it to anyone. The book Think and Grow Rich does say that most won’t give you any credit until you’ve “arrived”.
So I decided to create my own art, my own product, and you’re looking at it now: Project Creative Freedom.
Instead of creating a service that helps other artists, I am just creating my own art, based my own personal journey to freedom.
You will see how I make a living by creating my art, sharing my knowledge, promoting my products, and even other’s products.
Eventually though I may reestablish the services to help other fellow creatives who want personal freedom.
I’m all about breaking the rules.
I’m all about not giving up.
I’m all about that traditional wisdom and advice is 95% bullshit.
I’m all about doing what you want.
I’m all about connecting with people who share the same mindset.
If you want to email me, shoot me a message at:
DON’T TEXT. I won’t respond to text messages.
Have a nice day.
When you wake up every morning, do you have a clear vision for what you want?
When you wake up, is that the first thing on your mind and all throughout the day?
If this is you, I want you to realize you are going to make it.
As long as you are waking up every day with that clear vision, and are taking steps to get there, you will make it.
You can feel it.
You already know this.
Deep within, you know you’ve already arrived.
So keep going after what you want no matter what.
Keep pursuing your dream.
I remember when I was sitting at the coffee shop with $2.30 in my bank account.
I had a plastic tube container filled with about $20 in coins, and about $10 in cash in my pocket.
A total of $32.30 to live on for the next six days until I got paid again.
It was the day after Christmas.
Gas was running low in my truck.
I had some kind of stomach ache the day before leaving me hunched over in pain the entire day. The pain still lingered but was not as bad as the day before.
I still felt weak.
My intention was to wake up at 5am as I usually did, and spend the whole day working on Project Creative Freedom.
It was my day off from my “real job” and I had already used Christmas morning to work until I picked up my son.
There would be no lounging around, or just taking it easy, or hanging out, or watching movies.
I woke up late though, around 7am from having stayed up late from the pain.
Still feeling unsettled, I got up to shower, then made my way to the coffee shop to work.
I plugged my phone in, connected to Wi-Fi and got started.
Project Creative Freedom was started from my cell phone.
I used the Wi-Fi from the coffee shop.
This is why I tell you to never give up, to keep pursuing your dream.
If I can become successful with a cell phone and a coffee shop Wi-Fi connection, while broke as a joke, then what’s holding you back?
Keep going after what you want.
My plan was to use that whole day to work on Project Creative Freedom.
It was 9am by the time I arrived at the coffee shop.
I started to work, but I didn’t feel motivated. However I told myself, I was going to do this no matter what.
The muse for creativity just seemed to have not wanted to show up.
I started to feel a tiny bit depressed, but I told myself, no, keep going.
I decided to work on some editing, check for spelling mistakes, but I started to feel overwhelmed.
Usually my vision kept me motivated to work.
I did some editing, and watched some video tutorials for WordPress to learn more about how to manage my blog.
I kept going though I didn’t have the motivation.
Hours past and soon it was after noon. In my mind, I had imagined myself being motivted, inspired, and moved to create the most kick-ass content.
Perhaps it was my body and mind recovering from the stomach pains. It could have been too the overwhelm from financial struggles. I knew definitely the circumstances that my son was in was affecting my mood.
I reminded myself of why I fight.
I fight to get stronger.
I keep going despite setbacks.
I fight because my son will see what I have accomplished some day.
He will find what he is good at, and will never have to endure being stuck in Job doing what he hates, struggling financially like I had for so many years.
I fight because I keep going.
I fight because I get what I want.
So even when you are not motivated.
Even when you are faced with doubt, remind yourself to keep pursuing your dream.
Some days are just going to be tough ones. Just remember that as you keep moving forward towards manifesting your vision.
Keep going no matter how you feel.
Don’t stop until you get what you want.
Every Day Should Be Like This…
Hurry up, Go!
Go and save her now if you can.
I may have permanently influenced my little sister.
She may end up straying from the most common,
and socially acceptable path to make a living, which is to…
Get a “good job”.
Somebody better go and save Tanya.
I’m pretty sure I have her convinced.
She met me a few weeks ago and brought me some lunch.
Then that’s when I started to do my damage.
Right now she is in school and plans to go to college.
So I was like, ohhh, okay. What do you want to be?
She said, “Well, I want to be a dental assistant. I can get a big discount on any dental work I need done, and they pay REALLY good, like $14.50 per hour to start.”
At this point I didn’t panic, but realized I had to act fast.
The ebola that had just spewed out from her mouth, the getagoodjobitis, was something that needed to be treated before it spread to others.
Before I even asked, I already knew she had been infected, and probably by some of the same voices that had infected me years ago.
My goal was to inject the cure.
Treating My Little Sister for Getagoodjobitis
“So is that what you really want to do?”, I asked.
“Let me ask you something.
If you could get up every day, and do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
Putting aside the whole idea of finding a job that pays by the hour, what would you wake up and do every day?
What do you enjoy doing?”
She took a few moments to think about it. “Well, I really like to do hair. But it doesn’t pay as much, and I wouldn’t be able to get the dental work done.”
“Well how ’bout this:”, I said, increasing the amount of the anecdote, “How about maybe go to school for business, learn some accounting, and go to a cosmetology school to learn hair?”
She was listening. I continued, “Start your own hair styling business or a spa. Then you can work for yourself, instead of someone else. There is even a program at the university where they will help you create a business plan and find investors.
You will make more than $14.50 a . hour too.
Get this idea about how much per hour, at a job, you can make out of your head. Think bigger and beyond that.”
Her posture shifted and expression changed as if she just suddenly had an inspiring ‘aha’ moment.
She told me that my suggestions sounded a whole lot better than what she had been considering, and that she thought she would begin down the path of starting her own business now. She said it sounded a whole lot better than having a boss and being told what to do.
I could tell that her previous motives were both based out of fear, and indoctrination.
Her motive to become a dental assistant was part based on her insecurities about her teeth.
The idea that getting a “good job” making $14.50 per hour was also fear based. The people encouraging her to “get a good job” live in their own fear based world, struggling to get by, clinging desperately to their per-hour jobs with “benefits” and 401-k, asking permission from a boss all their lives.
She has probably been told to get something secure and stable, since good jobs are hard to come by these days, because life is hard and that’s just how things are.
It is expected and taught that yo . must get a good job, with some business or company after you graduate or finish college.
To some degree there’s also this sense that getting a “good job” is some moral thing to do, and if you don’t then “you don’t wanna work” and that’s “wrong”.
I’m going to tell you right now, it’s only wrong if you aren’t doing work that brings you joy.
I told my sister she could own her own business, doing something that she enjoys, be the boss of her life, make way more than $14.50 per hour, and make enough to get dental work done.
I opened not just her mind, but her heart, by asking her to consider what brings her joy – something most of us will never be taught.
I helped her move away from a thought pattern based on insecurity and fear, to one with focus that will make her more driven and motivated.
As you read this, are you someone who has made life and career choices out of insecurity, conformity, and fear?
If so you can probably remember how a small, or maybe a big part of you intuitively felt something wasn’t quite right. You could tell. Maybe you resisted, but ignored what your gut was telling you?
Now imagine if you had made choices based on the goal of being able to do what you found joy doing. How would that have been like?
Would things be different?
There is still time.
You can start now.
Start writing down your vision and plan out what it is going to take to get there.
By the way…
By the way, while weren’t looking, I was injecting you with some dowhatyouwantonitis, which is the anecdote for getagoodjobitis.
Heh heh heh heh heh, just like my little sister, you may experience the signs of:
- Excitement to begin living the life you want…
And you might begin now to make plans to get on that path.
‘Till next time,
Being in Job can suck your life away.
It can take away your meaning and purpose.
It can strip you of your soul.
It is death for the dead.
Now, I’m going to show you how you can get out of that dirty shit hole.
I am going to show you how to break out of Job.
Does it take time and some work?
But will the freedom be worth it though?
Breaking out of Job, gives you the freedom to be who you really are, and live how you want.
If you stay, you slowly turn into a polyp:
One of those shrunken shriveled shrimp looking creatures in The Little Mermaid, not that I’ve been watching The Little Mermaid, but even if I were…
How I got put in Job
You might be wondering how I ended up in Job.
Maybe you can relate too.
Here is the quick version of what happened and what it did to me:
After nine long years, I was finally meeting up with a good friend who moved back in town.
We got caught up a bit, talked about old times, the future, and then later in the conversation he was like, “Dude, I am going to have to get to know you again, because it seems you aren’t the same.”
He said, “The Billy I USED to know used to be fun. The Billy I USED to know made videos. The Billy I USED to know played guitar, and do all kinds of creative things. I will have to get to know you all over again.”
What had happened over those nine years, was I had been locked up in Job.
Everything I had ever worked hard for, by going to a job every day, it made me lose everything, including time and money to do anything I truly enjoyed.
Even if I wanted to make hobbies out of my passions, I couldn’t even afford to.
I dug myself into a hole that I couldn’t get out of.
It literally sucked the life out of me.
Year after year, I was investing the money I worked hard for into things I had been taught I needed, like apartments, a truck payment, washer and dryer, stove, etc. This eventually made it to where I could no longer afford anything at all.
Have you been there?
I did not know about saving, investing, budgeting, and I made some dumb financial mistakes just to live up to others expectations.
I ended up in Job for commiting the crime of giving up on myself, and not following my gut.
I allowed myself to be influenced by other prisoners who scorned me for not wanting to be in Job like they were. They would mock me and laugh at my ideas.
“Get a REAL job!”
“Well, I hope that works out for ya, ha.”
I knew what I really wanted, but followed down this path because I allowed what others think to influence my decisions.
I followed the Job and create “stability” path because I had never been loved or accepted by family and most of my peers.
I was a true loner.
Every girl had rejected me. I had grew up poor, dirty, and dysfunctional, living in trailer parks most my life.
I was desperate for a kind of stability that I thought would bring me acceptance and love.
My gut said to pursue my passion for writing, music, and being an entrepreneur.
The pressures to conform and be normal, to find acceptance and love, drove me toward getting a good 8-5 job.
So I gave up.
Soon I found a job and was shackled by the new 7-4 schedule.
I got some boots, my Job suit, which was a set of brown pants, and a creme color shirt that buttoned down, and my name embroidered on the front left. I was to report every morning for assignment.
The irony is that I was driving a truck delivering port-a-jons because it was the beginning of my life literally going to shit.
Why would I work a job delivering portable toilets?
Because I just quit a business that gave me true freedom, and had to grab the first thing that would put money in my pocket.
I didn’t have the luxury to live in mom and dad’s basement until I found a new Job.
But enough about me.
I just wanted you to know that I know how much it can suck.
Now here is the solution, the escape route:
How to Break Out of Job
Breaking out of Job will be quicker for some than others, and it will take work.
For some, it will take merely instantly knocking down the walls you’ve built.
You’ve maybe unknowingly built your own cell.
For others, who are experiencing what I have, it will take digging your way out incrementally with a spoon.
There are a couple different options:
1. Up and Quit
You can walk right out the door today. You can also give a two week notice.
You don’t even have to plan.
The freedom comes instantly, and you will feel the rush and relief of having the heavy burden removed from your shoulders.
If you need money, start selling all of your stuff. You will only discover that the relief of not having all the stuff will feel great. Even the things you think you have emotional attachment to, once you get rid of them, you’ll find your attachment gone in a couple of days if not sooner.
Of course you are not going to lie around and do nothing. The next thing you will do is start working on something you find joy doing.
You can work gigs off of craigslist to earn extra cash in the mean time until you reach your goals. My experience has been that working gigs from craigslist most of the time feels more like you are doing someone a favor, than doing work. It’s not the same as being locked up in Job.
Just up and quitting your job takes balls, not because it’s a huge risk, but it will make all your fears rise to the surface to where you have to deal with them. This will make you mentally and emotionally stronger than most after you’ve dealt with them.
Again, you can leave right now, but you can also plan as much in advance as you want though.
Fuck or ignore people who will put fear in your heart by telling you to have something lined up, just in case. They don’t want you to be free, or they don’t know any better. In either case, they are living in, and coming from a place of their own fears.
Get rid of the stuff, break free from Job, make and save money, and invest it in doing something you know you’re good at.
If you are single with no kids, this should be a breeze. I know, because I’ve been down to nothing, no home, and living out of my truck.
I have also just up and quit, taking the risk to work on my own. You may fail. I did for a time. However, it builds a certain kind of mental/emotional strength that most won’t, and are too afraid to experience.
I realize that everyone has unique circumstances. You may have kids, like me, I have a son, and you can’t just up and quit.
Many people could just up and quit if they really wanted it bad enough, breaking free just like that, breaking down those cell walls.
Some will have to dig with a spoon, which means it will take some time.
2. Replace your income by starting a business that is based on something you are good at, and something you find joy doing.
When I was down and stuck financially, I was barely scraping by each paycheck. I could not even afford my own place to live. But I did my research and realized I could replace my income by starting a blog.
This is the best way to begin breaking out, and putting money in your pocket.
You are leveraging the power of the Internet, to break free from Job.
Start a blog that makes you money.
You think your income has to come from a job but it doesn’t. Think about what you enjoy doing and you’re good at. Imagine now that you can do this and it makes you money.
The most inexpensive way to do this is by starting a blog, just like this one, based on a subject you would enjoy creating content about.
Begin by writing five articles, or record five videos, or five podcasts.
Make sure your content gives value by offering solutions to other peoples needs. That’s exactly what I am doing here now: You are stuck in Job. I am giving you the solution to get what you want.
So as you are thinking about what moves you, motivates you, brings you joy, and how people can benefit from that skill, talent, or knowledge , please let me now share how your blog will make you money:
* Add a Donate button to your blog. When people are given great content, and get to know and like you, some are glad to leave a tip.
* Offer a Service. If you can teach something, guide someone in the right direction, fix something, or offer sone kind of consulting, you can charge or trade for your service.
* Create your own products online. You can have your own ebooks, audio programs, or video tutorials done where they are easy to order and download.
* Affiliate programs. Companies will pay you when you post their links on your site, and someone buys through those links.
You will want to add links to products relevant to the subject of your blog.
For example, if you have a blog about painting, you could recommend a particular brand of paint. It is likely that there is an affiliate program where that brand will pay you a percentage when someone orders through your link.
Setting up your blog with affiliate links is how you can begin to put money in your pocket in the mean time, while you are creating your own products.
Show other people how to set up their own blog that will make them money, just like I am doing with this article, and get paid when they sign up with the hosting companies which have affiliate programs you can sign up for.
The Big Picture
Imagine you have a system set up, where money comes in every day, that provides you with not only stability, but with enough income to live the lifestyle you want.
Imagine that this system is your blog. This is your blog where you create content that you enjoy.
People visit your blog. They click on your affiliate links. You get paid.
People visit your blog. They click on the links to your ebook. You get paid.
People visit your blog. They sign up for a service you offer. You get paid.
People visit your blog. They really like how you’ve helped them get a solution to their need. They click on your donate button to give you a tip. You get paid.
People see that you sell your artwork, and print copies too, or your music, or t-shirts. They click to buy. You get paid.
See how this works?
So now tell me, what brings you joy?
Are you ready to break out of Job?
Oh yeah, there is one more stream of income you can plug in to your blog business. I only recommend doing this as an additional income to what you are doing, and NOT doing it full time unless you truly have a passion for it. This stream of income can make you thousands per month.
This additional stream of income is called network marketing. Just choose a company you like that has a product you like. It usually requires a monthly purchase of the product or membership.
When you join, you can refer others to the company to enjoy the products, and you will get paid a percentage from their monthly orders.
You also get paid a percentage from the customers that they recommend, and so on down multi-levels. It is also known as multi-level marketing.
It requires a very small investment, some requiring that you merely make a monthly purchase, then you get paid when others are referred by you. Just like affiliate links, post the link they give you to your blog.
Some companies even reward you with nice size bonuses for when someone signs up to become a customer for the first time. One company I was a customer with, sent $50 every time someone signed up as a new customer, plus a percentage of their first order.
At the moment, I am not signed up with any network marketing company, but I will be joining one soon. Kick-ass rewards and prizes for anyone who signs up under me though, once I find the right company for me.
I will be writing more about this topic later, but imagine this being another stream of income you can plug into your business to keep you on the path of personal freedom.
That’s all for now.
Don’t be a polyp.
Don’t be a prisoner anymore.
I’ve shown you a way to break out of Job.
I’ve shown you how to get out of that hell.
What are you waiting for?
P.S. As Project Creative Freedom grows more and more, all the information on this site will be free. I will be selling shirts, though and one book I am writing will be free of charge AFTER you have read it and have completed the exercises in it. Afterwards, you will be refunded the money and you can keep the book. It will be your choice to be refunded, or let me keep the money as a tip.
You feel it in your gut.
Something isn’t quite right.
This picture of life you’ve experienced everyday for so many years now, the monotony, the routine; this isn’t the one you had quite envisioned.
You never saw yourself waking up every morning, rushing to get out the door, hitting heavy traffic, clocking in, working at a job you find boring, or being with people you wouldn’t normally hang out with in your free time.
You never imagined that the majority of your time would be consumed by the dull, mundane, consistent routine that only leaves you exhausted and unmotivated at the end of the day.
You never imagined you would come home to see the guitars collecting dust, or that car you’ve been wanting to work on beginning to rust.
You never dreamed about putting your passions aside to be doing something you hate, just to pay bills.
It sounds depressing.
But let me ask you, what does your gut say?
When you imagine the life you truly WOULD want, what does that look like?
What would you do?
How would that feel?
Imagine if you had enough money and time to do whatever you wanted, what would you be doing?
What would you do when you wake up every day?
What would make you feel alive?
What would make you want to just get up out of bed?
Well whatever it is that makes you feel this way is what you SHOULD be doing.
Whatever it is you find joy doing is what you SHOULD be doing.
It should also be putting money in your pocket.
If that sounds ridiculous to you, or you are rolling your eyes, or you are thinking that there’s no way because sometimes you just have to deal with life, and think “realistically”, then STOP.
Stop reading this post right now.
You are right.
You are going to continue clocking in for the man.
Just sell those instruments, that old car, and just get used to sticking to that schedule you hate. Just get used to being told what to do.
Most ask permission from someone for the rest of their life. They hope and ask their boss for a vacation once a year, and sit around watching tv every evening because they gave up on your dreams.
If you believe what you’ve been told all your life about what gives you joy, that there will always be time for hobbies, like they told me, and that you must keep a “real job”, then you will stay stuck.
It’s time NOW to go with your gut.
What does it say?
People who have freedom didn’t give in to all the cultural lies they’ve been fed.
They didn’t give up.
People who have freedom stayed determined no matter what the circumstances are.
When I started this website, I was homeless,sleeping in cold below freezing weather. I no longer had a laptop. I wrote blog entries using my phone.
People with freedom go with their gut.
I went with my gut.
There is a lot of pressure in our society to roll with the crowd. The majority of people will listen to what they’re told, and fall in line.
Most of us are not taught to follow our gut, and do what we KNOW we want.
For years I had my own internal battles because I really didn’t want to get a “real job”. I wanted the freedom to improve at what I was good at, and use my natural talents to live a life of meaning and purpose. I eventually got so fed up, I HAD to figure out a different way.
By working jobs, I only worked myself into a hole. Ultimately I realized all the bullshit I had been taught and chose to do whatever it took to find the path that lead to personal freedom.
Personal freedom is having the freedom to live how you want and have enough money to be financially stable.
Most people that step forward to do their own thing, and are surrounded by average joes, will be laughed at, mocked, scorned.
You wanna play guitar all day?
You wanna make those silly videos and believe that will support you?
You think that you’re gonna write all day and make a living?!
You think people are gonna actually buy those shirts?
So you think you’re just gonna travel around all the time attending concerts?
So you think you are just gonna travel all over the country trying out new coffee houses or eateries?
LOL… Get a REAL JOB!
This is the reaction from most of your average Joe crowd, but that’s only because they probably once had an idea. They had that small spark that could have been a true creative fire, but it was quickly put out by listening to their family or friends, and by “thinking realistically”.
Follow your gut.
What does it say?
What are you going to do?
I will show you.
If you are like me, I knew that something wasn’t right. I ended up stuck. I knew I wanted out, but I didn’t know exactly how to get out once I was sucked in to where I was barely making enough to get by.
I was working dead-end blue collar jobs, and had to work part-time just to stay afloat financially.
Year after year, like a black hole, my life and freedom was being pulled away.
Each time I tried to get ahead, my truck would break down.
Each time I tried to get ahead, a tooth would begin to hurt.
I didn’t have a mommy or daddy, or family to fall back on. The mistakes in my youth weren’t something I could simply bounce back from. If I made any mistakes, it could mean homelessness, and often it did.
But I never gave up.
The path to freedom requires that you
1. Open your mind.
2. Start replacing your income.
If you open your mind a bit, one thing you might research and consider is that some people literally make thousands per month by building a personal brand and blogging about their life experiences.
You can do that, and start replacing your income.
Here is a list of some some ways to start replacing your income:
* Start a blog or website like the one you are reading now.
* Start your own business (a blog is a business too).
* Create a plan for how you will create, market, and sell your art or music.
* Have extra passive streams of income coming in from other sources, like owning rental properties, affiliate products, or joining a network marketing company.
Leveraging the power of the internet can be the starving artist’s, or the poor man’s way out. It requires very little investment to begin. I say begin with the internet, and blog about who you are, your values, and give people value by sharing what you’ve learned.
Then later begin to add the extra income streams. You don’t HAVE to start blogging. You CAN start creating a plan to move forward with your vision.
A blog and other internet based income sources that makes you money can be something that is part of your plan, integrated, to give you the freedom you want.
Go with your gut.
Rise above the lies.
Get what you want.
Until next time,
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