Monday, December 8, 2014

Are You Indie by Nature?




This site is for independent creative innovators like me who feel like working for someone else is unnatural. If you feel like you should be working for yourself, or are already working for yourself, this blog is for you. I'm here to share my knowledge, insight, and learning experiences with people like you, so we can grow together.

Please, allow me to introduce myself: I'm a single mom who has grown up poor, struggled through life and relationships and in the last 5 years has already experienced some amazing things that many would dream about. These things happened because I took risks, losses, chances, and made sacrifices. I also didn’t listen to people when they told me I couldn’t. But it doesn’t stop now… and it’s not going to change anytime soon.

If you’re anything like me, you get a new idea and roll with it- and for anyone, the hardest part is follow through. Therefore, I’m hoping this blog will give you and me both the inspiration while motivating us to keep pushing forward.

I’ve made some money, success, and even a little fame by “the beat of my own drum”, with various things in life, but I'm not a wealthy person— yet.

My purpose for building wealth is to not only be able to care for my family without struggling, but also be in a position to support programs which help people in poverty to believe in themselves, while providing the education and resources come out of poverty.

We are trained as kids to follow the lead of teachers and college professors…. but these people have not trained us how to be self-sufficient without always having to depend on someone else for a source of income, or survival.

Education is not formulated toward our strengths. Instead, we are taught a canned curriculum with a whole lot of useless knowledge. – Not that we don’t need school, but much of what we learn will go to waste, because it’s not knowledge that we use on a regular basis, or something we need to know for survival.

I live you in America, you should be living the American Dream right? The American Dream is not to flip burgers, run a cash register, or stand at attention greeting people as they walk through a store. It’s not to live off food stamps, welfare, or Section 8— and there’s no guarantee that these programs will still be around in a few years with the way that the economy is going. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with working these working those jobs to get you started, or getting help when needed, but it’s certainly not the “American” dream.

The “American Dream” is to have your own business doing what you are really good at, and to own a house without struggling every day just to stay afloat.

According to Wikipedia, The American Dream is:

“The opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dream

Americans are coming out of college in debt, and starting a job in the local Family Dollar store. What a great way to start off the future after investing all this money… uuummmmm— NO. We go to college expecting to win at life, but the only one’s winning are the colleges. We lose, the government loses (aka we lose again), and the college walks off with a nice paycheck.

There are tons of careers that you would have been better off at with self-teaching and gaining no debt from colleges or the government such as music, art, computer technology, and there are careers that actually do require the college education and certifications such as doctors, lawyers, etc.  I say all this to say that the thought process behind what college can do for us is set up a bit backwards, and has remained unchanged for quite some time.

This leads me to the question: why is it that the government is willing to loan, and grant thousands of dollars per student for a college education in practically any field so we can work for someone else? Why won’t the government loosen the noose for owning a business aka “The American Dream”, and tighten the noose for dead end college programs? HELLO!! Knock Knock… anyone in there? Sheesh. What do we gotta do to get some common sense around here?

I know there are grants and loans for businesses… but only certain ones— They are very selective about who they loan and grant to. Wouldn’t it be better if it was the other way around?

One of the biggest economic mistakes of our government was bailing out the spoiled brats on Wall Street who gamble, and are irresponsible with money. Sure, that makes sense… give people who are irresponsible with large amounts of money even more money, so they can blow it again…… wow….
Our nation is awesome, but our nation is also economically ran so ass backwards, and change needs to happen. But instead of complaining about it, or passively waiting for it to happen, I think it’s about time that we take the matter into our own hands with the initiative to just do it ourselves.
There is no one else to depend on but yourself – no one will do it for you, no college, no government, no business, and no-body.

Back in the day we were completely self-reliant. We would farm our own food, make our own clothes, exchange services, sell our product, whether it was farm goods, canned goods, clothes, horses, cattle, etc. We didn’t have to work for someone else. We worked for ourselves for survival… only it was a lot more difficult than it is now. So there really is no excuse. Whatever it is that you have been wanting to do, it’s time put it into action.

You must take risks to find success. Those risks might not always end up being in your favor, but they will always be in the right direction.

Did the pilgrims not take risks? Did they not find success?  Do you ever remember playing the Oregon Trail on the computer at school?

Okay, enough with the rant. We can go ahead and “chuck me in the shallow water before I get too deep”.

I was going to wait until I was financially established enough to share my findings with others; to invest in programs that help other people while traveling place to place, but I figured, why not help people now. I have the World Wide Web to help me, and I’m sure I have some knowledge that other’s would love to know.

This is why I want to share my journey with creative Indies like you. I have so many notes, resources, and experiences. I have spent many hours, days, and even years of self-teaching on many aspects of business, marketing, authoring, entertainment, media, the arts, and there is so much more I will be learning, sacrificing, and accomplishing. So I’m going to share all that I can with each step in my independent journey.

There will always be people around who believe in me, and there will always be people to tell me that I’m crazy. However, the decision to become free from the chains of the 9-5 grind will ultimately be up to me. I’m willing to take that risk, are you?

There is no competition— only you. There is no limit to your success— you determine how successful you are. You are the one who has the ability to put into action what you want in life. You have the ability to do what you want.

I can’t say the road to the light at the end is easy, because what I’ve been through thus far hasn't been very easy. But it can be easier with someone like me on your side. Throughout my struggles, I’ve always said: “If I only had a mentor, a friend, a person who I could get some guidance from, I could accomplish this so much faster. But maybe I was meant to learn all of these things because I was meant to share it with others.

It’s time to stop listening to the brainwash crap that society is telling us, take a step back and look at our abilities… Then apply them the way we were meant to. Let’s help each other grow.

Believe in yourself!  I do :)

Hence the birth of this blog- “Indie by Nature

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