Category Archives: Success Mindsets

Infinite Payout

When it comes to the effects of hard work / success / self-improvement, many people (including myself) lack the sight to see just how powerful the long-term effects are.

Recently I have done a lot of reflecting, and came to the realization that the effects of actions YEARS ago are STILL affecting me today!

As it turns out, what you do YEARS ago can affect you now, which means what you do now is SO IMPORTANT because it could alter the course of your life for YEARS- for better or for worse.

My Example

My example is rather simple: over 2 years ago, I began trying to get clients for my digital marketing work. About 2.5 years ago is when I started learning digital marketing.

One of the clients I work with (my favorite one) is still with me, from 2 years ago. The overall value of the client over these 2 years is enormous.

The same is true of other small jobs I had gotten- maybe I did a small job with someone, then they referred me to someone else, and then other good things happened.

Even for non-entrepreneurs, this realization is rather quite simple: your work to get a new job could literally supply you with income for years!

It actually blows my mind when I think about it: literally because I made the decision 2.5 years ago to obsess and learn digital marketing, and because I learned so much in the past 2 years, I am basically set for life when it comes to income.

Even in a “worst case scenario” of the internet being “turned off,” I’ve still learned so much about MARKETING and entrepreneurship that I could no doubt create value offline.

What I’ve learned is an infinite payout. You could take away all of my clients & current wealth, and I could easily get it back knowing what I know now.

Knowledge & Goal-achieving = Infinite Payout

I’m not saying you should waste time and learn for the sake of learning.

Instead this is motivation for you to realize just how powerful learning is to achieving your goals and dreams. The simple act of achieving a goal gives you “infinite payout,” such as a story, life lessons, or skills which you will never lose.

The simple act of achieving a goal, no matter how small, also gives you infinite payout because your confidence gets increased just a tiny bit in a way which can’t be reversed.

A wave of failures could smack you in the face, but you will have the knowledge that you have achieved a goal before, so you can do it again, with enough persistence.

One Final Example

Let’s take dieting for example- someone who eats shit food, lots of sugar, and doesn’t exercise is likely to become fat. When they’re fat they’ll feel more shitty, and prone to an endless cycle of depression & binge-eating.

The simple action of eating one sugary snack a day creates a compound effect which can literally ruin their life!

On the other hand, the simple act of eating right & exercising has the power to improve your health, and in doing so you’ll have more energy for relationships, love, joy, and more energy to create wealth, too!

What you eat today, while it may seem small, actually has long-term ramifications. Are you taking one step towards death, or a step towards vitality?

What You Do Now…

So whatever you do now, do it with a lot of care. It has the ability to permanently change your life for better or worse.

You can engage in an “upward spiral” or “downward spiral,” but ultimately it’s your choice.

Whichever choice you take becomes easier to take in the future due to the law of inertia, or scientifically put: your brain-neurons begin to solidify turning it into a habit.

And even if what you’re doing now doesn’t turn into the habit (such as job searching), it has the ability to permanently affect your life for years to come.

This should get rid of any lack of motivation you have… Think about it, when I closed a client I didn’t close the client for the month. I closed them for years.

Now THAT is exciting!

-Michael

Why is the world so F*CKED?

Someone on Reddit asked a question: “Why does the world seem to be so F*CKED?”

The poster mentioned the insane obesity rates, increases of anxiety & depression, and other metrics. The primary question was: why is it that it seems everyone has some form of diagnosed mental illness?

I left a long response, and thought I’d share it here.

For the record, I believe fulfillment/happiness is easily possible, but you have to be a “weirdo” to have it.

Once you’ve embarked on the self-improvement journey, the world appears so… strange.

Why is it so normal to eat chips & candy, which are packed with nothing but cocaine-like sugar and processed chemicals? Why is it normal to sit around and derp on a TV box all day?

I think it’s because of the “herd” mentality. Most people remain trapped because they find safety in numbers, when these days those who are safe are willing to stand out.

The truly normal human walks down the street eating apples, not chips. The truly normal person avoids excessive TV & media. The truly normal person approaches attractive members of the opposite sex, rather than always wondering “what if.”

Here was my response to “why does the world seem so F*CKED?”

Here are some of my guesses:

1. Terrible diet. Yes, bad food causes anxiety and depression. It certainly did for me and it’s well documented that eating excess sugar reduces focus, happiness, sleep quality, and increases anxiety, etc the list goes on. 

My diet is now fruits, veggies, healthy meat only (not McDonald’s, even considering trying no meat), nuts, seeds, etc I try to be natural. 

Now I’ve so much energy and focus it’s crazy. I can’t believe I grew up eating so much crap fast food and sugar. That is not healthy. 

Book to read: the ultramind solution. 

2. The internet. People are ruining their ability to focus. Constant stimulation also increases anxiety. Furthermore social networks create an unhealthy air of comparison; you think everyone is living a dream life when in fact you see only snapshots of their week.

The internet is also preventing people from having real social interaction. We are social creatures and meant to be in groups. Most people are losing friends and isolating themselves. Their social circles are becoming their school or work groups, which is of course fake. You can’t be real with your work social circle.   

Book to read: the shallows 

3. Lack of exercise. I don’t have a book recommendation here, but you can do your own research on the stunning effects exercise has. 

It increases focus, reduces depression, reduces anxiety, increases health, increases optimism, the list goes on. 

Most people in America wake up, walk to their car, sit in their car, walk to their office, sit in their office, then go home and sit and watch TV. 

It is said that exercise, if it could be packaged into a pill, would be a “miracle pill.” The list of diseases it prevents is extensive. 

YouTube this: “what I’ve learned exercise.”

4. Poor sleep. Blue light from technology prevents good sleep. Most people don’t have good sleep hygiene. 

YouTube this: “what I’ve learned sleep.”

5. Terrible schooling. America’s school system, and most school systems, are God-awful. They teach almost nothing of real value. Source? I’ve traveled the world making money online and 5% of what I learned in school is valuable. The most important things are not taught or even known. 

Kids are forced to be in school all fucking day learning stuff they’ll never use. I’d love to talk more about this, but I think most adults could agree. 

They are pushed into University before they even know what they want to do. Rather than being encouraged to try things out first (such as job shadow a doctor) they are funneled into expensive University. 

They then rack up debt, which now can’t be forgiven, all in the name of “education.” My University (like almost all) required random classes to graduate. You have to fulfill random bs requirements. Like yes, learning about prehistory was SO HELPFUL for my internet business >_>

Finally the amount of work pushed onto kids is ridiculous. If you can’t teach kids in 8 hours a day, then you’re a failure, a horrible teacher. Teachers create boring, non-engaging lessons then give their students hours of homework. Even a little homework in each class adds up to hours.

Is it that kids have “ADHD” or that we are expecting them to work away their childhood?

Can YOU work 12 hour focused days with minimal socializing and no exercise?

Schooling and University may have been useful back in the day but it hasn’t evolved with our evolving world. It horrifies me how much time I lost in my life to school for things I’ll never use (or have forgotten). 

It would be considered torture too make an adult work all day perfectly. The fact this is requested of young kids is ridiculous. If we taught a bit more efficiently and let the kids enjoy life, they’d actually learn more. 

6. Lack of self care. Finally, no one is ever taught self care. How do you heal from a break up? How do you make new friends? What do you do when you’re burning out? 

I wish I was taught these things. Instead we live in a go go go society that glorifies working your life away for some arbitrary notion of “success.” 

One weekly massage can greatly increase your work productivity. Yoga can make you happy. Cold showers can heal injuries. Meditation for just 20 minutes a day can give you that peace you’ve always wanted. Literally being in nature has been scientifically proven to heal injuries faster. But these aren’t taught in school or by anyone. 

In nature, we would not have worked so hard as we do now. Isn’t that funny? Yes we live longer, and can prevent diseases, but we have also created our own diseases; we’ve created a way to burn us out and make us suffer, just in a completely new way. 

We live in a society disconnected from reality. We eat shit food, don’t exercise like our bodies are designed to, we are constantly comparing ourselves and ruining our brains with the internet, we are burning out from ever increasing workloads (and useless schooling), and then expect somehow we will be happy. 

And because of the herd mentality most people have, it’s unlikely everyone will change anytime soon. 

Happiness (or fulfillment) IS possible but if you want to be happy you have to be weird. 

When everyone is at a party drinking alcohol and eating shit food, you have to be taking Ginger shots and eating a banana. 

When everyone is posting their life on social media, you have to stay in reality and be careful of the internet’s effects. 

When everyone doesn’t exercise, you have to run miles and hit the gym. 

When everyone uses their phones or TVs before bed, you have to create a night and morning routine. 

When everyone expects University and school to bring them prosperity, you must keep learning and discover the real secrets of life and abundance. 

When everyone is burning out, you have to go on a meditation retreat, do some yoga, get a massage, and find a group of friends to share some laughs with… And maybe realize there’s more to life than the hustle. 

Happiness is possible. These days, you’ve just gotta be a weirdo to have it.

Go with the flow (getting what you really want, faster)

Today I was driving to a coffee shop, and it was 4PM in midtown so traffic was quite busy.

Suddenly someone in front of me braked- hard. So I braked, hard. A big truck was pulling out in front of him, and they were trying to make a left turn.

The problem is this truck had to cross 3 lanes of traffic, then hope the other side was clear too!

Needless to say it was not intelligent on the driver’s part to halt this traffic to get across. Drivers in the middle lane had to stop, and then he jumped past the far left lane to get by.

To better picture what happened, I was driving on the far right lane of a 3 lane road. The other side of the street has 3 lanes too. A driver was attempting to take a left turn, thereby having to cross the 3 lanes I was going but also hope the other 3 lanes were clear.

When I looked into the truck, I saw a look of stress on the driver’s face. The problem is, I often see this look on people.

In fact, way too many people aren’t using their brains while driving and thus are so stressed + taking longer to arrive at their destination.

Keep reading, this is going to make sense in a moment.

Don’t Turn Left…

It baffles me how many “left turns” people make while driving, and I’m not talking about the left turns you make at a stoplight or stop sign.

You know when you have a stop sign, but you need to cross a 2-way road so you have to yield to both the traffic going left/right? That’s what I’m referring to.

Making a left turn in these cases makes no sense yet EVERYONE does it and it blows my mind because there’s a much more simple (and safer) solution!

I recently discovered that it was often faster (and significantly safer) to just take a right, then take a U-Turn at the next stoplight or left turn.

I know this might be a bit hard to understand, but just try picture it. For my non-American/Canadian friends, this may be hard to picture because this occurs less in Europe based on my experience driving.

The problem here is that people are fighting 2 flows of traffic compared to one at a time.

If you need to take a left turn on a 2-way street, first you must yield to the traffic approaching you on your left then you must merge onto or hope the traffic on your right is clear.

During rush hour & often throughout the day, this is dangerous and time-consuming. Back when I would attempt this (as too many people do), you’d often spend several minutes in the car waiting for a clear moment to drive across, then you’d have to put the pedal to the metal because you were only clear for so long.

In the example I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the driver didn’t even give a fuck- he just made our traffic stop, then barely merged onto his lane without getting hit.

The Flow Isn’t Always Direct

So where am I even going with this? My point is that “the flow” doesn’t always make sense.

In my driving example, it is sometimes more time-efficient and always safer to take a right then take a U-Turn when you need to take a left onto a two-way street without stop lights or stop signs protecting you from the two-way street.

What’s best for you often isn’t the “direct” approach. Every single day I’m driving I see drivers young and old waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and then making a dangerous left turn onto an active 2-way street because they never stop to consider if there’s a safer, faster, and overall better (less stress) option.

When I say “turn right,” that doesn’t mean you continue driving right. It’s a temporary deviation from the most direct path which gets you to your destination safer & hopefully faster.

By “going with the flow” and “letting go of the means” you get what you want (arriving at your destination) more efficiently (and happier).

Means vs. End

One of the biggest problems people have in life is their need to control the means to how they achieve their success or goals.

This is a terrible way to approach life.

What you need to do instead is define where you’re going (what is the destination?) then determine the quickest/smartest/fastest way to get there.

Again I reference my driving example: too many drivers are too focused on the means, which is taking a left because they have to go left. The wiser option is to consider your destination, then realize there are multiple ways to get to your destination. When driving in rush-hour traffic, it is more efficient to take a right then a U-turn than it is to cross 2 paths.

You can witness this insane behavior in all areas of life: for example, someone is obsessed with one diet to heal their obesity. Rather than focusing on their end-goal & adjusting the means, they obsess over the means.

A big one in society is the whole “university” scam. The fact is for a lot of people going to University is a waste of time. Now, it’s very useful for some people & professions, but for many people they’re funneled into it because teachers & educators are too obsessed with the means (studying, as one path to success) rather than the end (financial prosperity).

Focus on Ends, Release Means

One of my current “Ends” is finding a way to get a visa to live in Bulgaria and subsequently get residency. One of my means (getting a freelance visa) didn’t work out because I’m missing one document. I’m upset because I wasted a flight to Chicago & back + accommodation to not get my end!

If I were obsessed with the means, I would obsess with getting the missing document. However a more logical approach reveals that it is unwise to attempt to obtain the document.

In order to get my missing document & live in Bulgaria I will need B1 proficiency in Bulgarian. I currently speak A1 or A2 1-2 levels below.

If I were obsessed with the means, I’d move to Bulgaria on a tourist visa, study like crazy for 3 months, then apply for this document & return to the USA. However, I know that this isn’t wise and there are currently 4 other “Means” I can use to attempt to live in Bulgaria.

It is more time & cost efficient to attempt these other means than it is to be persistent in this one mean.

Now, note here that I say not to be persistent on one particular mean, but I am being persistent on my End.

I want residency in Bulgaria, and I’ve already flown to apply for it twice in Chicago and each time I came back to Phoenix with nothing. Every single time I don’t move forward toward my End, I adjust my Means and re-attack.

One problem I see with people is they obsess over one “means.” They want to be rich, so they pursue an expensive degree. I’m not saying an expensive degree won’t get them rich, just that there are other paths to the End than that!

Another situation I see is someone wants “to travel the world” so they become a flight attendant, or get involved with some travel agency. Or they become a pilot. They “travel” by the technical term, but they never really get to explore destinations they fly to!

Again, these individuals focused on one mean rather than realizing there are multiple means to an end.

Whatever you do, focus on the end, but release the means. How you achieve your goal doesn’t matter and you need to relax your death-grip on the obsession to achieve it in a certain way. Stay persistent on what you’re trying to achieve, but be willing to try all kinds of different things to succeed!

Know Your End

And finally, make sure you even know what your end is. I meet too many people in University still trying to figure out their degree.

Another thing that happens is people pursue a “Business Degree” but they’re not exactly sure what to do with it. It is better to meditate alone in nature and wait until you know what you want from life than it is to aimlessly take action.

Success is the result of calibrated action. If you do things in a certain way, you will get a certain result, 100% of the time. It’s a science, much like baking.

If in baking you mix the ingredients the wrong way or you substitute an ingredient or you just grab random ingredients and mix random things, it’s unlikely you’ll get good results.

Before embarking on anything, make sure your end goal is clearly defined. Yes, still have fun with the means, still enjoy the journey, etc. but also the journey & means are most enjoyed when you know you’re actually making progress by knowing what you’re moving towards.

Good luck!

-Michael

Paradox: You’re Incomplete Yet Complete

You are nothing- completely worthless alone, yet at the same time you shouldn’t be needy around other people.

How the hell does this even make sense??? I think I have some ideas. This is going to be a messy post, bare with me.

You are not Independent

First, let’s get one thing out of the way: you’re not “independent.” There’s no such thing.

Isolate yourself on an island all alone with no human contact and you’re gonna lose your mind. It has happened to basically everyone, except for a rare few humans. Even then those rare few humans were already crazy, or they got by through imagining conversation with other beings or spirits.

Studies done on prisoners in isolation have revealed that your mental state very rapidly deteriorates in isolation. A lack of any social contact literally drives you insane.

Even if you aren’t hanging out with people every day, odds are you’re still around others, at least to a small extent of the day.

When you walk outside, you see other human beings. When you shop for groceries, you see people, and you can feel them seeing you. That’s what gives you life.

An introvert can also only be an introvert within the context of a group. Even introverts need to be out & about socially, even if it means they aren’t loud & laughing & fully engaged in the center of things!

The simple fact is that on a biological & physiological level you need other humans to even function. You are nothing without other human beings!

A Story Including Shrooms

After my break up with my ex, I took a large dose of shrooms. Tip: don’t take shrooms after a break up, you’ll morph into a supernova and cry giant universal cosmic tears for 5 hours straight.

Anyways, from that trip and others I have learned something very important: we are nothing alone. You literally can’t be you without the context of other people to validate you.

The ego would like to make you think that you are “independent” and “need no one,” but that’s simply not true. Even if you’re perfectly healthy & financially abundant, a lack of social contact will drive you mad.

Parts of the Whole

One interesting thing I’ve also learned about recently is personality theory, specifically the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Did you know that the MBTI doesn’t actually access personality, but cognitive functions? The #1 thing people get wrong about personality theory is they assume that all because someone’s “type” starts with E means that they’re the stereotypical extrovert.

That’s just not the case. I am an ENFP for example- extroverted, intuitive, feeling, perceptive.

The first cognitive function of an ENFP is “extraverted intuition,” which is like coming up with all kinds of crazy ideas. See: randomly living in Bulgaria, crashing a scooter in Thailand, traveling the world, starting an online business, filming YouTube pranks, creating music, etc.

The second cognitive function of an ENFP is “introverted feeling.” This is where things get interesting. People with the ENFP personality type can often be mislabeled as an “introvert’ because of their need for alone time to process emotions.

Despite having all of these crazy ideas, I’m also a very emotional guy and NEED to be alone to feel things & process my day. I prefer to live alone, having my mornings & nights completely to myself. That doesn’t sound like very extroverted behavior, does it?

Sidenote: type in “personality test” into Google and Email me what your 4-letter code is! I am ENFP. I’ve found the test to be strangely accurate, again because it’s based on cognitive functions rather than vague personality traits which are subject to change. Your brain functions do not change!

So where am I going with personality theory?

We Create the Whole

Each personality type represents a piece of the whole. In personality theory there are 8 cognitive functions, and in each type the primary 4 reveal themselves in different orders.

Some people’s brains are geared towards creating ideas. Others are better at analyzing data. Others have amazing memories.

The thing is, we can’t have all of the cognitive functions. If everyone was an ENFP like me, we’d be all in this idealistic fantasy world and struggle with maintaining order & discipline.

Each person is a part of the whole. We need introverts, but we also need extroverts. Remember how I said I/E is cognitive function, NOT personality? That’s the case here- what defines an introvert is simply that their brain functions differently than an extrovert. A feeler has a different brain than a thinker. An intuitive type thinks differently than a sensor.

As far as I know, it’s coded into our DNA this random creating of personality type. It’s completely possible for an introverted intuitive person be born into a family of extroverted sensors.

It also makes sense because a regular variance of thinkers is needed for society to function optimally!

A world filled with ENFPs (meeee) would not work, just like a world filled with ISTJs would not work.

Introducing INTERdependence

After all of this discussion of how we can’t socially survive with other human beings, how we spiritually get sucked dry & are nothing without the eyes of others, and how literally our personality types are created lacking qualities the others may have, how can we even be “independent?”

Well… we can’t. The truth is, we aren’t independent of anything. As it turns out, the enlightened state of being “one” with all is not so far off. For example, you are not you because you need food to survive- yes the food is “separate” of you, yet at the same time you are dependent on it.

There is no such thing as independence in this world. To be rich, others must give you money (or you require people to steal from, but that’s another story).

Interdependence is the level above independence- a paradoxical combination of both independence & dependence.

In the state of independence, you aren’t needy & demanding of others. You don’t expect others to fulfill you, but you also understand that they’re there to help you when you do need it.

This is a bit hard to explain unless you’ve had experience with being very needy before (I have!) then being independent to a fault (whooops) and realizing there’s a healthy balance between the two.

You are a “Sponge”

Another way I like to think of it as we being a “sponge” soaking in the environment around us.

This is something you simply can’t control. People that have a great support system will always be happier & healthier than those stuck in abusive families no matter how much visualizing & praying they do.

However, unlike an inanimate sponge, we have the ability to consciously give out a certain energy and also move ourselves to where we can soak in better energy.

This is the key to interdependence, is recognizing both that you need others but you can choose how you want to be treated by others at the same time.

Notice how I said you need other humans, not one single human. If your best friend is a dick, then drop them but get a new one too.

Interdependence is realizing that everyone needs a “best friend” and lover, but that you can get another if you’re currently being treated wrong or they leave you.

There are two types of things you can do as a sponge-human to improve your interdependence:

Giving as a Sponge

We can consciously choose the energy which we put out into the world. Imagine you’re working as a barista and two customers come in:

The first customer greets you with a pleasant smile, asks how your day is going, and leaves a generous tip. The customer then asks you out on a date.

Even if you don’t find customer 1 attractive, you would feel flattered! They’re a good person. They made you feel good.

Customer 2 comes in, barks their order at you, gets upset at how the latte is $.30 more expensive than 3 months ago, and then he complains that boys/girls are all selfish.

This person doesn’t stand a chance with you no matter how attractive they are.

The point is that you are constantly customer 1 or 2 to varying degrees 24/7. Of course being around a bad environment is more likely to make you mean, but at the end of the day you can choose to be around better people & give out a better energy.

What’s fascinating is that people continue creating the environment they have consciously or unconsciously chosen through their actions. People who are convinced the world is evil are unpleasant, and so people run which validate their beliefs of everyone being selfish. Kind people go around compassionately listening & giving to others, and their beliefs become validated as others flock to be by their side.

Now next time you walk in to a new social setting, consider whether you’re more like customer 1 or customer 2. Are you kind to the people around you? Do you listen? Or are you mean?

What you give often comes back to you. Of course, there are some people who will always be mean. I’ve walked in to a coffee shop having such a great day, left a good tip, and treated the barista so nice yet they were still a bitch. That’s just life.

The point is that what you give most of the time is what you’ll receive most of the time. Don’t be upset when it varies. Remember that other people are a sponge too, so what you give is often what they reflect back.

Receiving as a Sponge

Consciously giving can be hard when energy vampires suck the life out of you. When you’re constantly being filled with good energy, you have to constantly filter it out to give.

It’s a lot easier to give what’s being given to you. Has someone ever done something really nice for you, and then you went on to do something nice? Or has someone ever hurt you, then you went on to hurt another person?

That’s what happens because you’re a sponge. You can’t help but receive certain energies from other people. Until you’re enlightened (which takes a long time), you can’t expect this to change.

You need to choose to change your environment- that doesn’t mean changing the people around your environment though.

When most people get into self-help or self-actualization or mastery or whatever you want to call it, most people try to convince their friends & family of the joys of doing XYZ to better their lives.

The problem is it often falls on deaf ears! Unfortunately there’s nothing you can do.

If someone is being an energy vampire or negative, you can try set boundaries & hope they change. If they don’t, you have to pull the plug which is painful yet necessary.

At the end of the day, you must consciously choose your environment. You can’t magically decide to stop receiving negative energy when energy vampires come your way. You can’t magically decide to have “thick skin.” That takes a long time, so better to fix the solution permanently and let your skin thicken over time naturally, do you get what I mean?

You need to surround yourself with people that lift you up & support you. You need to have deep conversations with people. You need those people which treat you right in life.

Remember that you can’t really change your environment. You can give new energy to a clean slate, but oftentimes certain people are stuck in negative/positive energy loops regardless of what’s going on around them.

This can best be seen in the aging population. Some elderly people are weirdly happy 24/7, whereas others have let the burdens of life & work wear them down and they’re stuck in a negativity loop 24/7.

I’ve listened to old people complain & bicker over the most stupid shit while eating a delicious steak in a fancy restaurant. It was horrifying that people could even complain in such a setting, where I felt blessed just to have food which tasted so amazing!

I’ve also heard & personally witnessed countless stories of people remaining positive no matter what through adversity and it always showed up in the end.

Look, the point here is that your environment shapes you. I want to make this very clear: you can’t change your environment. Maybe just to an extent. You’re but a sponge in life. But, you’re gifted with the ability to choose your environment.

Interdependence

So, we have covered here that you are completely needy & dependent on other humans for your health, wealth, love, and happiness. That won’t ever change. You are not complete as an individual because it’s impossible for you to be fulfilled while completely alone.

However, we’ve also covered how you can meet the right people- specifically by changing your environment to receiving better energy, or giving better energy to new environments to receive a better response.

So what exactly is interdependence?

I say interdependence is the state of knowing that while you need people, these people can change. It is the self-confidence to meet new, better people. To be independent means to not need XYZ, which is impossible. Ideally you’ll be independent of any one person in life, but interdependent with the right people.

This is what I think we should all strive for. The ability to create your life as you please is a true power, and one that should no doubt be taught in school.

Now you know what you need to do: give better energy, receive better energy. That’s it. Go!

Did you enjoy this post? Let me know 🙂

-Michael

The Law of Use

“The possession of Knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in Action, is like the hoarding of precious metals-a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge, like Wealth, is intended for Use. The Law of Use is Universal, and he who violates it suffers by reason of his conflict with natural forces.” -The Kybalion

I broke the Law of Use.

What is “The Kybalion?” The Kybalion is a collection of hermetic teachings from ancient Egypt. These are some of the oldest teachings which has ever been taught from mankind.

In the book, you are taught several principles of life itself. Some of it is a bit “out there,” but other principles are quite practical.

The last principle, one which I have forgotten completely, is one which I have broken, and I have deeply suffered the consequences of it.

Let this be a warning for those who are stuck “learning,” but aren’t going out taking action.

The Law of Use

The law of use in layman’s terms states that knowledge acquired should be put to action. If you learn how to budget, you should make a budget and stick to it. If you learn how to approach girls, you should approach girls.

Now don’t take this out of context; obviously if I go up to you and say “hey here’s how to build a car” you shouldn’t build a car because some random “law of use.”

This applies for information you deem valuable to yourself, or which you seek out.

When you don’t immediately apply what you have learned, some terrible things begin to happen. It compounds over time & gets worse & worse. B

Story: Applying the Law of Use

When I first started digital marketing, I was highly action-orientated. That meant to start, I was having to soak in a ton of knowledge.

I watched video courses, took notes, and learned a lot. It was exhilarating!

Soon I began making video proposals, getting online contract work, and learning more about the ins and outs of freelancing as a digital marketer.

Within the year I was able to make money online while traveling the world.

When you actually apply the knowledge you learn and “get into the field,” your rate of success becomes exponential.

I am no genius; I just applied the law of use. And, I’m certainly not a genius, because I’ve also broken the Law of Use.

Story: Breaking the Law of Use

Sometime during my stay in Sofia, Bulgaria I began to “lose my edge.”

I stopped doing sales. I never created an Ecom store. I never sold anything more on Amazon.

This began to fucking eat away at my soul.

I knew I wasn’t living up to my full potential. The comfort was addicting yet poisonous. I felt a drive to grow, but I wasn’t growing.

Soon things began to fall apart in my life. While many bad things were 100% unavoidable, the strange thing is that had I applied the “Law of Use” I would’ve been 10x more prepared for the bad things to happen.

For example, I would not have had financial issues during Cyprus (after Bulgaria) or in Germany. Many problems would’ve ceased to exist, and I could’ve enjoyed these places to the fullest.

Instead I did not get to experience Cyprus how I wanted to. In Germany me & my then-girlfriend had to stay 2 nights in one AirBNB, 2 nights in another city, 10 days back in the old AirBNB, then one final night in another AirBNB just to save $.

Also, we got attacked by over 30 wasps & had no AC in the first 2 nights.

Would this have happened had I applied the Law of Use, grown my business, and then had money to properly taken care of us?

It gets worse.

The longer I went without taking action, the harder & scarier getting back into action would take.

To further compound the problem, people commended me on my current achievements, which is hardly anything, but compared to mainstream thinking I guess I’m living some exotic lifestyle.

This made me egoic & detached from reality. Because I had the knowledge of a person 10x more successful than myself, I could talk the game and impress everyone.

I began to live life in the fantasy realm, in my mind. Rather than creating a definite plan from getting “here to there,” I began to spend too much time thinking about what could be, what would be 5 years from now, and everything that I know- but not actually putting my fingers in the mud and creating this life.

It gets even worse. In the past month I’ve experienced emotions of jealousy, despair, negativity, hopelessness, and bad depression.

When you let yourself fail & feel helpless despite knowing what you know, it’s even worse than legitimately being in the shitty situation.

It gets worse, but you get the gist of it. Let me put it clearly: knowledge which doesn’t go to use will EAT AWAY AT YOUR SOUL.

And if you believe in mystical universal stuff (like I kind of do), then MAYBE you need to put the knowledge to use ASAP because of the coming changes in life!

Again, had I practiced the Law of Use in Bulgaria, things would be completely different. I violated the law, and the changing tides of life swept me away; I wasn’t as prepared as I could’ve been.

Repairing the Law of Use

So right now I’m trying to take action again, and I must confess it’s difficult.

I often feel a dark, heavy energy inside of me dragging me down. At the same time I’m learning how to relax & be in the present moment and accept the work I have to do. I’ve entered a flow state for the first time in months.

I feel quite anxious, about failure, being rejected, or completely fucking something up. This is all quite irrational, but I’ve been “out of the game for too long.”

When it comes to social circle & meeting people, I’m not “living on the edge either.” Before I put so much effort into meeting people, now I struggle with scheduling meetings (and being on time, sorry friends!!).

Video games have once again entered my life, which is never a good sign. Almost every time I start playing video games it means I’m getting dangerously depressed. Today I intend on deleting all of my video games- again.

Focusing is harder. Distractions are easier.

I feel like I’ve “lost my edge.” I feel like a dull knife, not “all there.” Going into “state” feels more difficult. I’m neither “on fully” or “relaxing fully.”

All that being said, the only way to repair the law of use is to apply the law of use. This is exactly what I’m trying my best to do now.

If you violate the law of use, you may find yourself trapped in “analysis paralysis” or simply have this nagging feeling of knowing that you could always “do more.”

This is your warning to get moving ASAP. If you don’t, there will be consequences.

The way you fix it is simple: you take action. Meet people. Work hard. Focus. Set goals. Achieve them. Fix your routine. Drop bad habits. Develop good ones. Read books.

It’s all a million times easier said than done. You can’t expect perfection of yourself, but you must try & fix this.

Final Warning

Knowledge without action is poison. Remember that. ​​

This is your last warning today, do NOT violate the “Law of Use.” It will eat away at your soul. Put to action what you learn immediately.