General Badassery Episode 33

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This week's podcast came out of some stuff I wrote while working on a paid report, which didn't actually fit in that report. So I dragged it into the Legion of Badass on Facebook, where I used a visual aid to cover the idea in

See that green bullseye? That's you. Right now. You've got what you've got.

See the red circle? That's all the shit you can't have for one reason or another.

Now look to the inner circles. The orange one is stuff OTHER PEOPLE have, but that you could get from them. And the yellow one is the stuff you could make yourself.

I've labeled those with TIME, MATERIAL, and INFLUENCE, too. So let's go over that.

You can't get more time. You have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else, and there's no way to get more of it. You're going to live on this planet and have the abilities you have as long as you are here and you have them, and as Kansas put it - all your money won't another minute buy.

Below that you have material. Money. Possessions. Anything physical at all. If you don't have it, then the simple fact is it belongs to someone else and the only way you can get it is to convince them to give it to you.

And then there's influence. You can manufacture influence. You can go out and learn a new skill, which lets you influence the world and the people around you. You can go out and make friends, who may be smarter and richer and more powerful than you. You can hire people. There are all kinds of ways to increase your influence, and YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE MORE.

You can make and get other stuff, too. You can sit down and write something, which produces material that you can trade for more material (like money) or for influence.

This post here on the blog is actually being traded for influence; you don't have to pay for it, and its entire purpose is to make you think about the stuff I'm saying in it, because if you go "holy shit that's true" then when I finish writing the report that this post didn't fit into - you'll be more likely to buy it, trading material for it.

Everything you can have in the world is either something you can make yourself or something you have to get from someone else. And the only way to get anything from anyone else is through influence... which you can make yourself.

We keep saying over and over that every business in the internet age is a relationship business, because that's what ABSOLUTELY ANYONE can manufacture: influence. And if you practice, you'll get better at it. And when you're good at it, you'll be able to get all kinds of other stuff, all the way out to the limits of what you can get.