For young people out of college and high school, it is important to stop and think a bit about what you naturally want to do. Like all the time. This is a hint as to what type of thing you should look into getting into. Ifincludes taking vacations all the time, then you need to get your butt on google and YouTube and see what people are doing to travel as part of their job. An important reminder these days that travel as a lifestyle is a normal option these days, with the Internet and virtual work.
What you “naturally want to do”, when no one is forcing you to do something and there are no deadlines or requirements, is what you like doing. Isn’t that what life should be like all the time? We have come a long way, so we deserve it. We live in the most amazing time ever, where we can do whatever we want – but until you start thinking like that – outside of the old school system, you will never live the fullest life…. If that’s what your into anyway.
Luke has been one of the big youtube inspirations for me to move forward with things I want to do. It’s crazy that we live in a time what you can reap the benefits of being friends with someone with experience on what you’re trying to do, without ever meeting them – without having to read any books anyway… 😊
What is all this Mastery talk I’ve been hearin? Parker ordered the book and got me pumped about it, then I listened to this JRE podcast at work the other day, and found out. (Btw, try listening to JRE as a switch-up from music one day. It’s the most mind-expanding thing out there… if you’re into philosophy. Get the podcasts app on your phone. Do it.) This one with Robert Greene, author of Mastery, is one of the best yet. The whole thing riddled with golden nuggets of wisdom.
This dude Robert Greene is a beast. Like, meditates every morning in a crazy yoga pose type of beast. He’s famous for his book The 48 Laws of Power, which is basically a psychology book on why people play the silly games they do just to get what they want (in the words of Greg Proops, ‘wealth and shit?’ lol) and how we can recognize these ‘mind-fucking’ tactics, to use the scientific term, so we can side-step them, or opt out of silly mind-games altogether.
My man 50 Cent got involved with Robert Greene in 2009 to write a sequel, The 50th Law, because he’d experienced some ‘douchebags’ in the music biz and wanted to expand on these powerful mind tricks that were being used with his wisdom from the streets and the drug game.
50 is a beast not because he’s the best at one single thing, but because of his ability to expand. Explore. To keep growing and re-inventing. Not to mention the ability to prevail thru suffering (50 was shot 9 times and survived, and his mom and his rap mentor were both murdered). He finally left the major label, and has no signs of slowing down as a creative entrepreneur. 50 and Greene both exemplify the well-roundedness that Greene says it takes to become a true master. They are both on the path. To Mastery.
50 Cent performs at SXSW on March 11, 2014 Misha Vladimirskiy/FilterlessCo
“I’m trying to get you to that well-rounded form of Mastery. You have to learn how to deal with people. You have to be socially fluid. You have to know how to be empathetic.” – R. Greene
So What is Mastery?
At it’s core, Greene thinks it has something to do with ‘well-roundedness.’ To be a true Master, I think he wants us to know that it also takes social and spiritual talent as well, not just mastering one thing.
Robert Greene is a very spiritual dude, he’s a Buddhism history buff, and I think the path to mastery ties in well with the path Buddhist monks take to achieve enlightenment. The key message here being, it requires going thru a lot of strife, before you get to be a kickass Master.
“You gotta have the Yin, to get the Yang.” – J. Rogan
There’s no clear cut path to enlightenment. You have to experience the pain if you want to experience the joys. There are no shortcuts. Your experiences are what make you a master.
“It’s a loose path. Its not like a straight line.” – R. Greene
There is no monk who gets to achieve enlightenment without going through years of pain.Years of your teacher slapping you on the forehead, starving you, stretching you, molding you, trying and falling, getting feedback, trying and falling, getting feedback.
“F*ck working for retirement. You gotta enjoy every step along the way. Do what the f*ck you love to do the whole time, and you’ll smile at the end.” – Aubrey Marcus
Mastery is discovering who you are, what you want to do. That’s Greene’s first stage. Then Apprenticeship, then Creativity, then Mastery. I’m excited to be in the first stage – discovering who I am and what I want to do. To work on that, we’re traveling the world. Starting in Africa. Then India, all the way to Thailand. Then Mars.. (jk, or not?)
“Start having adventures. Start living life. That’s where the real education is.” – James Altucher
Here it is, what the author of Mastery thinks you should focus on in your 20′s:
“The goal of your life in your 20′s should be learning as much as possible, not worrying about how much money you’re making, giving yourself the freedom to make mistakes, to explore, to have some adventures… and you’re gonna make that money eventually” – Robert Greene
Yup. The Number 1 thing to focus on in your 20′s: Adventure & learn as much as possible. I’m interpreting that as: travel to new countries and cultures, explore your interests, try things that are out-of-the-box.
Thank you Mr. Greene for that confirmation, sir. Don’t chase the paycheck, chase the experience. Got it.
To hear the part on the biggest trap: the money trap, fast-forward to 1:16:10, or click here. It’s the idea that when you become used to a good regular paycheck and the associated luxuries, it can make someone less likely to re-route to a newly found, lesser-paying path that is more correctly aligned with the true self, because nobody likes to ‘downgrade’ their level of consumption. If you take a paycut, and you spend like you’re used to, you go broke. It happens to NFL players, it happened to me. So, I guess we shouldn’t worry about the highest paychecks right now. Does that mean school’s not over just yet? Yes! Cause I F*ckin Love Learning!
Looking back, I’m glad I quit my good regular paycheck job that wasn’t aligned with where I want to go as soon as I did. Now I spend more time exploring where I want to go with this thing. Moving abroad was already on the agenda, but now I’m calling it a strategic first step, on the path to mastery.
“You wanna get rich? You wanna be really successful? When I talk about rich, I’m not talkin about money. I’m talkin about a rich life. Freedom. Time with family. Choice. You get to move where you want, go where you want, do what you want. That’s why I’m in business for myself.”
I wish I had heard this before I went to college. But they don’t teach you this concept in college. They don’t teach you how to go into business for yourself, they teach you how to be a worker drone [watch]. Ever since I learned “the owner mindset” 18 months ago, I foresaw a level of freedom I didn’t know existed. Then, when I found the internet marketers who were living this mobile reality, running their business while traveling the world, the vision only got bigger. Btw, when Grant says family, I use that word interchangeably with friends. And as the world gets smaller, our families will grow. Let’s add as many interesting and fun people to our families as we can.
To paraphrase how Mr. Cardone opened his talk: What is success? Success is freedom, not any amount of money or recognition. Run your own shit, so you can do whatever the fuck you want,whenever the fuck you want, wherever the fuck you want.
Why is Mr. Cardone so passionate about helping others live free, rich lives? Well, his father bought his dream home months before he died. He never got to experience it with his boys.Now he teaches people how to not fall into that same trap. To get free. To stop going along with the crowd. That you have to do extraordinary things to get ‘not ordinary’ results, aka complete time and location freedom. He awakens people to the idea that although we live in a ‘free’ country, you still have to fight for your ultimate freedom.
“My Dad worked so hard, with no concept of freedom. He had a good job, he made some money, but he was basically imprisoned in his thinking – that work is hard.”
He’s a Freedom Fighter.
Mr. Cardone gets it. He’s got the goods. I just watched this talk, and wrote down my favorite notes & quotes. What does Grant Get? He gets that if you want to be successful, you have to do what everyone elseisn’t doing.
It’s being able to do what you want, when you want,where you want. That’s living like a homo sapien in the 21st century. The age of crystal balls and flying machines. And telepathy. Think about it.
telepathy |təˈlepəTHē| noun – the supposed communication of thoughts or ideas by means other than the known senses.
5 tips to DOMINATION:
1. Write a book
2. Cut negative people
4. Change what you read (and watch)
5. Get Certain
“If you won’t pressure somebody to do the right thing, it’s something you don’t believe in. Have confidence in the truth…Stay with the cycle until the cycle is closed. Because you believe. Build your confidence until you’re invincible.”
Grant truly wants us to know that if we stop before we get what we want, we are not confident. And if we are not confident, we have nothing.
“It takes 10x more activity than you think…”
Scary. Just have more activity. Reach out to more people. Blog more. Do more research. To dominate, it takes crazy levels of activity. Is your business active? The cool thing is, nowadays with automation (technology and virtual assistants), it’s easier than ever to keep shit active even when you aren’t.
“I had to keep my targets high, to keep myself interested. It’s your responsibility to live up to your potential.”
If you’re not genuinely interested what you’re doing, it’s gunna be tough to dominate. I am especially guilty of this, because I get bored easily. I always have. That’s why I’m choosing to do business based on lifestyle that is interesting to me, not which brings the quickest or most money.
“Uncertainty is the problem.”
Even if you’re a little uncertain with what you’re trying to do, others won’t follow. It’s just pure psychology.
“You gotta Practice enthusiasm.”
Most people get more excited about american idol than they do their own business or careers. That says it all. TV is the biggest sheep dog ever. It gives you a virtual reality to be excited about, even though it has nothing to do with you or reaching your freedoms…see my post on BIRGing (Basking In Reflected Glory).
“Did somebody tell you to ask for me?”
Lol what a great line to say when somebody asks you for something… No matter what they’re asking for, it says ‘I’m your guy’. To Dominate, you have to do a little mind fucking.
“Most people are gonna spend more time in their life working, than any other thing…and not being successful.”
“To do daily: READ. LISTEN. WATCH. It’s 3 different ways of learning.”
The Trifecta of lifelong learning. He’s beast for that one.
“This is not about a college degree. This is massive amounts of action. To get attention for yourself, your brand, your company, your product, your ideas, your dream.”
(That part gave me the chills).
“What do Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and Oprah have in common?”
1) DUTY. Aka ‘I HAVE to do this’. Aka ‘I won’t be able to live with myself if I don’t’.2)IMMERSION. Aka they live and breathe their work b/c they like it. Aka they fuck wit it. Aka they think its dope.
Grant’s 4 steps of Success: HEY!!! U listenin to ME?? Here it is:
To Summarize this talk (and what Cardone is all about):
(If you dont even read this post, make sure to watch the #1 video below – ‘Joe Rogan – What is REALITY’)
This post has some stuff in it just to get you thinking. My post-college self has a whole new view on the idea of money and jobs, and it’s a result of asking new sets of questions about things that I never thought to question before. A lot of these new questions came about during college when I started to unplug myself from standard TV, and plug myself in to YouTube education. Funny how one simple shift in entertainment source can change how you think.
“Over love, fame, fortune, give me truth.” – Thoreau
The Red Pill, Or the Blue Pill?
I never took Sociology 101, but some of the things that control/organize society are pretty strange when you think about it. I guess this is my first time questioning how it all works.
[note: the source for my motivation to open the computer and write about these thoughts stems from the feeling of being tricked. No one likes to feel like they were lied to. In some way, I get a bit of that feeling as I leave college. Like I was duped. It must be a motivating emotion?
I guess I wasn’t exactly lied to by school, per say, but its mostly that I feel that there is so much important information out there about the way money and society really works that wasn’t taught to us in school, and I’m a bit astonished by it I guess.
At first, learning a strange fundamental fact about that world that goes against everything you were taught is like swallowing a big round bitter pill, without water.
Of course, you can always spit it out if you don’t like the taste and ignore it forever. Heck, you can even throw it up hours later. But once its swallowed and digested, you will never view the world the same again.
This I why they call it, going down the rabbit hole.
I took the red pill and headed down the rabbit hole about 4 years ago as a sophomore in college. The further I went down the rabbit hole, the more I found. This kicked off my first year of Self-Education School.
So, what’ll it be. The Red Pill, or the Blue Pill?
Take the Red Pill, keep reading, and you will learn about four things that I wish I had understood before leaving to college, which may change the way you think about the world forever. Or, take the Blue Pill, and read the next post
A paradigm shift. A change in how you think about the world. If you have not experienced a similar shift, I urge you to keep reading – if you are curious.
You have a choice. This paradigm shift was caused by information I learned that you would not see in public or from major public sources. In order to see whats really going on, you have to look. But all searching is these days is typing words into a search bar.
So yeah, you have to type words into YouTube to find truth. Hard, right? So finding the truth comes down to either someone sharing it with you, or typing in words. But you have a choice – to look or not look. Depends how curious you are.
one major paradigm shift that hit me big time after college was the pharmaceuticals industry. wtf. its blatant to me now that doctors, whose research was funded by the pharma corps, prescribe prescriptions to treat the symptoms, not the root causes of the disease or ailment. the real cure is in prevention, witch happens to be tremendously more effective and true than waiting til you get a disease to deal with it. chronic disease, the most common thing people get medications for, has to do with the immune system and your body’s natural ability to heal itself. those mechanisms are dampened when your body does not have enough voltage aka energy aka electrons aka nutrients aka antioxidants aka good shit. but thats for another post.
“look beyond what is being presented publicly. if you outsource your thinking, that is as bad as being stabbed in the back. you should be free to do anything that you want to do.”
“don’t let elites manufacture reality for you, unleash your imagination and creative power and create your own reality outward.”
This will be a link to my youtube playlist called “The Pill”
…that is, the Red pill. To swallow it, click here. If you’re not ready to change the way you think, and start self-educating instead of relying on sources to come to you to deliver information, don’t.
“This is your last chance, after this there is no turning back. You take blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe.”You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and i show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
Its called a Paradigm Shift
All I’m offering is the Truth, Nothing More.
Get eased into it with Joe Rogan, a great place to start to get into the habit of thinking for yourself about everything. This video will soften up your mind, get it more open and free to think new, original thoughts.
“Over love, fame, fortune, give me truth.” – Thoreux
if you are of the curious type, and you really value the true nature of things, start self-educating.
jump right in if you wish, with state of mind: science of social control… scary stuff, but it just might get u thinking…