The world doesn't want to be saved, it wants to be subsidized.Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 23:10
I got an email in response to the post I made earlier, based on another email: Please close my account.
I have enjoyed stopping by the site, but it saddened me to see you repeating what I had just gone through myself a few years ago so I never got involved.
I had a large audience/ vocal community on ning.com from 2008-2011 for my niche in energy/freedom/prepping. I spent 30-40 hours a week and 10's of thousands per year on free events, shop space and blog posts. I answered phone calls personally and I rarely placed ads or asked for money. When I did, little came. I fought hackers and spam and catfights.
I read thousands of emails telling me that I was great and I should give them free shit or I was an asshole. And slowly it took my enthusiasm and twisted it into something that was sometimes dark.
I had a belief that faced with a challenge people would come together to take massive action, just like in WW2. Unfortunately my utopia in my head didn't match reality. TV has trained people to think that watching is doing. Everything is entertainment.
I dreaded quitting because there were some good people, but mostly my ego was tied into it and my ego didn't want to end. I finally sat down one night and wrote what is called a therapeutic metaphor. I didn't say I quit, you are all assholes. I told a story about an old man who died waiting for one of my products. He ran out of time. Then I talked about how fast my kids were growing and again time was passing quickly. By the end of a long letter I gently let this tribe know that my time was more valuable to me than their needs. I left a forwarding website that people could look at if it made them feel better.
There were a few days of frantic emails and confusion, but within a week it was peaceful and I began to smile. My life, MY LIFE was back in my control and they just found a new place to hang out. The world didn't end. I didn't answer emails for two years after that, it was awesome.
I focused on high end clients and their positive energy lifted me. Their state of mind made them successful and the state of mind of many on the DP makes then poor.
Choose your friends wisely. The world doesn't want to be saved it wants to be subsidized.
Hard work is a feedback loop telling us that we are slightly out of alignment. Work should be gauged on its ease and joy and value.
Good times are ahead for you as soon as you take that last step toward them.
Food for thought (not that I wasn't thinking it already).