I don’t know about you but I’ve had a good day. I woke up and started working on finishing a course on Email marketing. I finished the course… after 5 days, around 2pm. Then I watched a movie, The Boondock Saints and then went and visited my aunt and uncle. I gotta say.. My aunt makes great banana bread.
I talked to a nice lady about writing for Focust Magazine and now I’m sitting here writing a blog post.
Why did I take the email marketing class? A fair amount of my friends have rough lives. They don’t make a lot of money and they end up losing hope, giving up and complaining that it’s the government or they just got unlucky in life. Really choose your poison.
I used to do the same. Then I started reading psychology and read about a guy named William James. This dude had a pretty shitty life and maybe that’s why I like the guy so much. I feel like when I read his story I connected because I felt the same way.
Anyhow he was pretty much a loser and a failure at life. After years of trying he finally decided to give up. He came up with this plan and basics of it were:
I will commit suicide in a year if my life doesn’t get better but for the next year I will take compete responsibility for everything that happens to me.
For a year he didn’t blame anyone except himself for his problems and a strange thing happened. When he stopped blaming others, using his healthy problems as a crutch and basically stopped living life as a victim everything changed.
A few years back I stood on a cliff near the Idaho/Montana border and considered suicide. As I was about to walk over the end I heard a voice. It wasn’t there but I heard it. I heard the voice of someone who I love telling me not to do it because she loves me and she would miss me.
I don’t hear voices that much and I know she wasn’t there and I don’t believe it was God and I’m not going to try to figure out why I heard it all I know is I did and I grateful I did.
It set me on a journey. I worked a little. Saved some money, and with the help of my family I loved to Salt Lake City. I didn’t have a place to live so I moved into a shed that belonged to my Grandmothers neighbor. It wasn’t a great place but it worked. The girl was dating at the time liked it though.
I worked hard and more importantly I started to educate myself.
I feel like a lot of people now days have this idea that if they think about something long enough it will just magically manifest into their lives. Well, I want a billion dollars, A cabin, a supermodel girlfriend who doesn’t like clothes, a dog, a Ferrari, a Leica Mp-4 and…. shit.. Where the F is it?
No life doesn’t work that way. You have to deserve things before you get them.
Now I look for things to learn that I call “High value skills”
Being an Email Marketing professional is a high value skill and I’ll tell you why.
ROI for Email marketing campaigns, done correctly are 44/40 dollars to 1 dollar invested. For those of you who don’t know what ROI is… It’s return on investment.
So if I work a campaign for a company they spend 500 dollars they will get a return of 22,000 dollars. It takes time and it doesn’t happen all at once but that’s bad ass huh? It’s like saying I’m gonna give you 500 dollars for every 500 I give you I’m gonna get back 22,000.
If you want to change your life you’re not gonna get very far sitting there wishing and hoping and praying that a gold brick falls out of the sky. It’s more likely you’ll get hit in the head with a falling toilet or your life will continue to be in the shitter. I’m referencing the “The Boondock Saints” here.
The saddest people in life are sad because they hang around a toxic person 100 percent of the time. The most toxic person in your life is usually you.
Friends. Go out and find something great to do. Figure your life out and take full accountability for everything that happens. I won’t promise your life will be better, but I won’t be worse for it.
Join one of my workshops! I have two in October. One near Yellowstone and one in Reno with Envy Model Agency! You won’t regret it! Email me for more info!
Ikon Republik- I live and travel in a frickin van and I love my life! I founded a magazine, VEGA Magazine. My magazine is full of beautiful nude women and its based around the idea of respect and soon it will include amazing articles on how to improve your life! Out of the last 8 months, I have spent 4 of them living in the desert, under the stars and cooking over a campfire that was made with two sticks and a bow. I believe in self-sufficiency and integrity. My website is www.ikonrepublik.com