The Alchemist's Challenge
It's been a very eventful past week. A lot of prioritizing, clearing out space, both inner and living, and I've been spending time with a very dear friend of mine. She had a very rough spill on her longboard last week, but her recovery is going smoothly. Thank God.
I got a little scattered again, in terms of work. Those three weeks that I nailed out my book were intensely focused, yet I was able to balance my life fairly well, I'd say. I still went to my favorite open mic, still hung out with friends. Still had fun, yet my mind was an arrow in flight and nothing could stop it.
Since then, I have coasted a little, which really isn't to the advantage of anyone. This weekend, I had some great conversations, great insights came up, and I spent a good deal of my nights writing. Rededicating myself to a purpose, choosing a target, I'm in flight again.
This is going to be a fun and interesting challenge - one I've never approached before in my life. August is my birth month, and I have a pretty steep goal in mind for my entrance into my 26th year in this human experience (I'll be turning 25, 0-1 year is the first year, 1-2 is the second, ergo 25-26 is the 26th year. Just to clear up any confusion), since the quarter century mark is a pretty strong point, numerically speaking. Plus, it cross sums to 7, which is the number of biggest impact this year.
In February, the place I worked at celebrated its 7 year birthday, last month was the 7 year mark of my involvement in my martial art (mp-usa.org), and numerous other things but I'm currently drawing blanks... In any case, this is my lucky year. Working my ass off in order to improve my relationship with the Universe is paying off, and how better to celebrate than to work my ass off in order to improve others' relationships with the Universe?
My diary, my journey through the process of turning self-loathing into self-loving and self-destruction into self-creation, became my book To Ignite But Not Burn. I deeply desire to share this with as many people as I possibly can, but I need help doing so. There is huge demand for the wisdom that came through me that was instilled into this book, and it's time to ration the proper supply for it.
My goal for my 25th birthday is 1,000 book sales. It's entirely possible. Honestly, given how easy it is to connect via the internet through social media, it even seems a little modest. I can do what I can do, but I'd like to offer something for those who help out the most. Word of mouth is still the best way to advertise, and nothing would mean more to me than to see the fruits of my labor reach those who need it.
I'd like to assemble street teams, particularly in other states. I need to figure out how to track this, exactly, but for the street team that produces the most results will get a house party concert from me, a personal, 5 track EP dedicated to the people, city, state, etc, an original painting, and at least one more special surprise that I can think up between now and then. There's a little over 3 weeks to do it. I will personally drive, hauling all of my necessary musical equipment and give you guys a very special Evening with Thirty-Seven event that encompasses music, poetry and inspiring spoken word. Not your daddy's singer-songwriter stuff, and this would be an extra special event given the amount of humble gratitude that will have swelled to the seams within me.
Help me out in this, help out yourself, help out those you love, help out our brothers and sisters in personal evolution. I published this work for one reason alone: to help humanity reach a higher reality within themselves. Let's do it.
Here's how it works:
e-mail me: email@example.com for full details. I have 1500 business cards with all the necessary info. Talk to people, hand them out. Buy it yourself, read it, write a review for it, post said review and rate on Amazon.com and here, e-mail it to me... Testimonials are huge, but I only accept honesty. Very straight forward. I just e-mailed my publisher to see if it's possible to track the location of sales, and if so things are perfectly smooth, otherwise, we'll find another way to scale it.
I'll level with you guys, now that I have one book under my belt, I am off and running in the direction of my career. I'll leave jobs to others. This is what I need to be doing, how I will impact humanity in the best way, and it's the only thing I'm willing to do from here on out. Just to put things to scale - this one book, from which I've so far seen less than $100 for, I spent 23 months writing, and in the final month I spent 8-12 hours DAILY to compile, edit, design the cover, the layout, format and re-format (which I sitll need to do, somehow the margins are jacked up), and then afterwards, I've driven 2,000 miles, visiting 3 cities out of state, talked to numerous booksellers for consignment... And people complain about minimum wage. Just within this one book, I have spent more hours than at any job I've had, traveled far more, not to mention with doing everything, it's more like 7 jobs in one. And I've seen less than $100 for it so far.
Again, just for perspective, in case anyone's thinking to themselves "why don't you get a job?" The short response is, I have several. And I'm not getting paid beans for them. This is dependent on other people. My trust is in your hands.
But it extends beyond that. I love to be the bearer of truth: a lot of jobs are worthless wastes of time. Completely unnecessary and not contributing anything worth pursuing or keeping around (debt collection comes to mind... Banks pay a separate agency to get money back to them. Fuckin' stupid), contributing more to destruction of self worth, inserting artificial self worth by attaching it to "net worth," and crushing any hope for actual personal fulfillment. They're dangerous, many are not contributing to the well-being of the person or the whole, and I refuse to limit myself in that way ever again.
I'm geared entirely in the mindset of "how can I best benefit the whole?" And I'll give you a hint... The answer is not "making lattes." It's not "making money," either. I could give a shit about how much of that artificial non-substance comes into my life (having your life threatened over the stuff irreversibly alters your perception/perspective of it. Sorry, but we made the whole thing up, and while it's a top priority, life becomes secondary. Period. And that's the greatest injustice we've yet to do as humans - put life [of any kind] second to anything. Especially something we invented. But that's a whole other topic for another time). I live to live, and my life is meant to enhance those of others. The best way I can do that is to share everything I have in the realm of mentality, beauty, ethics and love. So that's exactly that I'm doing. Support it or not, I'm going forward. I'd love for you to join me.