From the desk of Victor Pride
Subj: Happy B-day
Well holy moly.
Can you believe it was 9 years ago that we were graced with the birth of B&D?
The first B&D article ever published was called 8 Reasons Every Man Should Lift Weights.
That was the first “blog” style article I ever wrote, but the first real writing I ever did was called The Time is Now (How to Get Ready for the Opportunity).
And I was right. The time was now, and I was ready for the opportunity.
All I did was listen to my gut and I did what I knew to be right.
What did I know to be right?
I knew working a job was for slobs and I knew that making money on my own was the only ticket to freedom.
So I went for it with full gusto.
I put every ounce of energy into building Bold & Determined.
And wouldn't you know it?
But as we all know, so many people who punch a time clock at 9 and again at 5 tell me that “money doesn't buy happiness.”
If money doesn't buy happiness, and I would agree that it doesn't, then why are you trading your time for it?
You punch a time clock at 9 am and again at 5 pm just so that you can get a little bit of cash.
I do whatever I want, whenever I want, I never trade my time for money, and money just comes to me like I'm a magnet for success.
Money doesn't buy happiness, but toiling and laboring for it sure does buy misery. That was OBVIOUS to me, even back then.
I created Bold & Determined out of necessity. I needed to find you and tell you my secrets.
These are the very same secrets I used to build a business, a million dollar business, using nothing but the power of my own mind.
Back then, I knew that people in “the real world” would not and do not listen to reason.
They are content in slavery, just like I told you 9 years ago.
The very same is true today. The regular people, the little people, are all content in slavery.
Well sorry Charlie, but I am not and was never content in slavery. I always wanted to buy my way out.
I knew I didn't belong with the rest of the normal people, toiling and laboring and having nothing to show for it.
I've never been a business genius and I did not start my businesses out of a desire to be an entrepreneur, I simply saw that entrepreneurship is the only way to get away from the little people and their little minds and to build myself something bigger.
I always wanted to get away from them, and that's exactly why I started B&D.
B&D started as a motivational tool to light a fire under your ass and get you to achieve more.
Where it has led me is far beyond any simple motivation…
I don't give a damn about buying things. Money is not now, nor has it ever been, my motivation. My motivation has always been deeper.
My motivation is and always has been to reclaim my soul. That's all I ever wanted. Just my soul.
Reclaiming your soul in the modern world is a lonely endeavor. Very rarely will you encounter other free souls.
Nearly all other souls are locked into bondage, yoked into a heavy burden of debt, from which they will not escape because they don't want to.
Over the past year I've tried to open my mind and put myself into the shoes of the little people. I've tried real hard to see where they're coming from.
I've tried real hard to “re-integrate” with them.
Do you know what I've found?
The same thing I found 9 years ago….
Each second I spend with the normal people is a second that is stolen from my life and my freedom.
Each second I spend with the little people I feel their heavy yoke of oppression.
Exactly as it was 9 years ago, it is impossible for me to spend too much time with the little people and keep my fire alive.
If I stayed with the little people my fire would burn out, just like them.
That's why I moved to the woods to live with a group of pioneers.
Where I live now, a small community of 12 people in the forest, we have no city water, no city electricity, no indoor toilets etc.
We use solar panels to generate power, we have water on the land, and we use outhouses. All of the houses were built by the hands of pioneers, not by general contractors.
And I'll tell you something about living out in the woods with people who can take responsibility for themselves: It's invigorating. It's enlightening. It's freeing. It's the way the human being was meant to live. So that's why I do it.
I've been from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City to Buenos Aires to Asuncion to Tbilisi to Los Angeles to Manila to Madrid and many more. Just like Johnny Cash, I've been everywhere, man.
Now I'm in the woods, and there's no place I'd rather be.
I found this place by happenstance. I was on a coast to coast road trip to nowhere. I was driving back and forth across the country, listening to podcasts during the day and camping in the woods at night.
I was searching for something but I didn't know what. I just knew I had to get out there and drive until I found it. And by fate I found it. The oasis of freedom in the woods. My endless road trip led me here.
Actually, it was more than a road trip. It was what the Australians call walkabout and the Indians called a Vision Quest. I had to get the hell out there to find what I was looking for.
What I was looking for now was what I was always looking for: My soul.
You have to be completely responsible for yourself. That's why I went to the woods. To find and develop complete and total self-responsibility.
Self-responsibility is all-consuming.
- “Buying” a new pickup truck every year or two with a loan is not responsibility.
- Clocking in at a job and working your life away for somebody else is not responsibility.
- Complaining about the government and their taxes is not responsibility.
- Voting is not responsibility.
- Waiting for a savior to appear from the skies is not responsibility.
- Getting a college degree is not responsibility.
- Maintaining a “good job” is not responsibility.
If you are not responsible for yourself, do you know what you are?
A child. A foundling. A legal idiot. A ward of the State. An indentured servant. A willing slave.
You can break free.
You can break if, that is, if you actually want to.
It is hard work but it's actually not that hard at all.
There is no physical work involved. The hard work of freedom and responsibility is mental.
Like I've told you ten thousand times over the past 9 years, it's all mental.
Don't you know what the Buddha said?
He said: The mind is everything, what you think you become.
All you have to do is change your mind. Accept responsibility for yourself and your life and do not accept any other entity to be responsible for you.
Nothing is free in this world. Any kind of loan or check from the government that you receive is an indication that you are not responsible for yourself and your actions.
I don't take checks from the Government and I don't have a job. I provide ALL for myself.
However, there are ten thousand little ways in which you give away your power. These ways are too numerous to mention in this brief article so they won't be mentioned.
What is important to know is that the MINDSET is everything. The universe is mental and all is mind.
The power of your mind is substantial, which is why it's such a damn shame that you give away this power for some creature comforts.
Regarding the technical details of running a profitable blog
In the beginning, Google was the God of the internet and you had to do everything in your power to get a good “ranking” on Google.
Today, Google is garbage.
I no longer even bother looking at the Google Analytics for Bold & Determined. Searching on Google for real information is in vain.
Google has now hidden everything that matters and the corporate entities dominate the search engine results.
Using Google to find real information is fruitless. Soft censorship is readily apparent.
Because good work is so terribly hard to find online, it must come from word of mouth. In fact, I've never advertised B&D.
Word of mouth is always how the good word was spread and it's how the good word will spread in the future.
If you respect my opinion and I tell you of a new piece of art that I think you will like, then you will surely check it out.
A referral from a man you respect carries more weight than any advertising does. I'll give you an example…
On my long road trip to nowhere, I was listening to one podcast.
It is entitled Crrow 777.
It's the 2nd best Podcast I've ever listened to, second only to the Bold & Determined Podcast.
I would recommend it to each and every man or woman who is TIRED of living in a fake reality and a fake world.
Some of the information I received from the Crrow 777 podcast has absolutely changed my life for the better. I would recommend starting from episode one and listening to every episode after that.
One of the most eye-opening experiences of my entire life was driving through South Dakota or New Hampshire or Virginia, listening to Crrow 777, and opening my higher-mind.
Like I said, it can be difficult to be exposed to high-quality education such as this because Google and their subsidiary YouTube are now openly practicing censorship.
Because censorship is here, I will give you the direct links:
All I can do is give you the good referral, it is up to you to go further.
There is so much more to our world than what we can see.
Achieving “enlightenment” via self-responsibility will require you to use your higher-mind and forever leave aside the childish mindset that so many “adults” possess.
In fact, that is one fact that became apparent to me on my cross-country road trip: The adults in America are in a state of arrested development and actually possess infantile minds.
They believe in what we can call “beautiful lies” and they do not believe in reality. They do not even believe in their own eyes.
Because of what I have witnessed driving from California to Maine to Washington state and back again, I now have a new mission.
I no longer care about motivating you because I no longer care about motivating myself. My mission is not to motivate you to get rich. My mission is to show you the real way out.
I have already achieved the higher level of wealth that so many dream about. I have achieved a certain level of freedom that so many dream about. I no longer need motivation to do this.
Now, I am on a different path. A path to reclaim my soul via my self-responsibility (and to give my secrets to you).
This path I am on is a lonely path.
On this trail, I rarely see other souls. So I would like to welcome you to join me in responsibility and reality.
Let what I have said sink in. Listen to the podcast I have recommended to you. Support them if you have the means. And we will speak again soon.
I have already given you all the information you will ever need to quit your job, make money on your own, build your body, and live your dreams.
Now we're on to a different path. The path of reclaiming your soul.
Ironically, or not, the only people I know who have reclaimed their souls are entrepreneurs.
Building wealth is the beginning of building knowledge.
It is only a man who makes money on his own, through his self-responsibility, that is able to SEE that his soul must be reclaimed.
The secrets only reveal themselves to men who take full responsibility.
The secrets that have been revealed to me are profound.
Some of these secrets are of the very nature of money (aka debt) and how it relates to your slavery, in this world and the next. Some of these secrets are about who has enslaved your soul.
We'll talk about some of these secrets in future articles.
But only if the majority of readers use their FREE WILL to demand it.
Here is one secret I will leave you with: The world is the way it is because you CONSENTED to it.
And if you CONSENT, I will show you the way out.
But only if you consent.
At any rate, now that I am nicely settled into the forest, we can talk more frequently.
Speaking of the forest, it surprised me to learn that there are many hidden communities all throughout the states where people live more natural lives in harmony with nature.
There are Intentional Communities where people go to the woods to be pioneers, farmers, ranchers, researchers, tinkerers, inventors, and builders.
My road trip to nowhere led me to such a place.
I have now commandeered a cabin with no water, no electricity, and no toilet and I could not be more content.
Each day I have long conversations with my neighbors, nearly all of whom possess a higher-mind, the knowledge of what's really going on in this world, the knowledge of how to live in the wild as a pioneer, and the knowledge of how to break free from a deliberately dishonest system.
If you are interested in living in such a community, you can peruse them on IC.org.
Until next time.
PS – I nearly forgot to mention, the Bold & Determined Podcast Transcript book and PDF will be released very soon. Stay tuned.