Entering the New Year

The past year has been kind of outrageous. I've neglected a lot of stuff over the past three months, including the newsletter - I an currently powering through an entire three-month backlog, of which I have one month completed and two more to go.

I had a lot of plans for this year that didn't get into place. It's mostly me and my own problems, dealing with a major depressive episode over the last couple months, the chaos and confusion of moving four times over the course of the year.

And to top it off, on Monday the fourth I'm moving back into my parents' basement. There are a lot of reasons for that, but it comes down to this: my income is simply not stable and reliable enough.

Essentially, the problem is that we live in a world where it takes about $30k annually to live completely independently, and you need about half of that up-front to make anything happen. It's three to five thousand just to move into a reasonable apartment, where you'll probably have no furniture, and it's often necessary to put in new appliances. So there's another few thousand.

And then there are all the small expenses, which mount up pretty quickly, and the time it takes to get the moving done eats into other activities... which means you probably lose a few thousand bucks of income which has to be made up elsewhere.

Which isn't to say it's impossible. All you really need to do is hook up with someone else who can meet you halfway on the expenses, and really if you can find two other people it's not all that difficult. Three people working full time at minimum wage are more than capable of living together pretty comfortably.

And my income is not all that much higher than minimum wage. It could be significantly higher, if I did things I don't want to do instead of the things I do, but I'm generally not willing to go there. I don't like taking on clients and I don't like farting out short reports like a popcorn machine.

What I am working on instead is literally my life's work. This is what I do. The Badass Manifesto is what I'm investing my time in and where I'm putting all my efforts. And there are a lot of things that need to happen.

First, the complete system needs to go out. That's a collection of 36 products. I have about 12 of them done. That leaves another 24, which at my usual pace of a product every four months would take about eight years.

I don't have eight years to get this done, so I've been experimenting with ways to get more products out faster. Some of this is changing the way the actual work is being done (notably the 4-H Product Line system), and some of it is changing how I fit the work into my life.

I chucked the podcast and the Friday Night Badasses hangout because I needed to find a way to fit those back in later. The critical question was how to fit my revenue tasks into the picture (that's part of REAL product creation - one of those products I have yet to finish), and particularly over the last three months I've been doing a really terrible job of that.

It's hard keeping a roof over your head and clothes on your back and food in your belly, when you're doing it all by yourself. That's why most people go out and get jobs: they need help. We all need help sometimes.

We come into this world with nothing, and every single thing we get for the rest of our lives we have to either create ourselves or get from someone else. And if you can't create anything yourself, you're entirely dependent on what you can convince other people to give you.

Even if you can create, unless you can create absolutely everything you need, you're still dependent on what people will give you in exchange for it.

Money is just the intermediary. I don't need money. I need food, shelter, and clothing. But the people who have those things to offer want something in return, and that something is almost always money. The money itself is not important. It's what I intend to do with the money, which is to... well, keep doing what I'm doing.

Because the Badass Manifesto and all its attendant training is important. It's the single most important thing there is, to me.

So there's this whole juggling act where you have to have the critical mass of something people will pay for, and the critical mass of people who will pay for it, and a critical mass of activity that connects those two things together.

Historically, I have tried to do all that stuff at once. That hasn't worked for me. So I'm concentrating on the layers now.

I don't know how much I'll be posting here, or on Facebook, or on my list, or anywhere else. I have to build out the product content. That's my priority. I have some 600,000 words of content to write. Most of it is at least outlined, but that's a huge quantity of work.